Saturday, September 30, 2017


The Neupfarrkirche, an evangelical parish church. Construction of this church was begun in 1519 and not completed until 1860.

Fresco of David and Goliath created in 1573 on the side of Goliathhaus, a former castle.

The Regensburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter and the seat of the Catholic diocese of Regensburg. It was built in 1273.

We had already eaten lunch, but could not resist having an afternoon snack at the Wurstküchl, a 500 year old restaurant serving grilled homemade sausages and sauerkraut, located at the foot of the Stone Bridge and right next to the Danube.

We sat outside to eat, but my daughter went inside and took this photo in the kitchen.

Bratwürstl Vom Rost Mit Sauerkraut. Delicious!

Looking back at the 12th century Stone Bridge which crosses the Danube into the Old Town. It was built between 1135 and 1146.

The last stop on our cruise was Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities and also designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We spent the day walking around the Altstadt (Old Town) looking at the beautiful architecture and browsing the many shops. I couldn't resist buying the cuckoo clock you see in the last photo. I hope you have enjoyed my travel photos as much as I have enjoyed posting them. Next week, it's back to photos of Tallahassee, so I need to get outside with my camera!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hohensalzburg Fortress

You can see the railway tracks going up to the fortress just on the other side of St. Peter's Abbey. That is a statue of St. Peter in the foreground.

The first of many amazing views of the city of Salzburg from the fortress.

View of the Alps in the distance.

Inner courtyard and St. George's Chapel.

After lunch, my daughter and I took the less than one minute ride on the Festungsbahn funicular railway up to Hohensalzburg, the beautiful fortress the overlooks the city of Salzburg. The views were spectacular. Construction of the fortress began in 1077 and over the centuries, what began as a small castle grew into the huge fortress we see today.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Walking around Old Town Salzburg

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in this house on January 27, 1756. He lived here with his family in a third floor apartment until the age of 17. It is now a museum.

Getreidegasse is a busy shopping street in the Altstadt (Old Town) district of Salzburg. It is known for its wrought iron guild signs and high side by side town houses.

Residenzbrunnen is a fountain that was featured in a scene from "The Sound of Music" and is located in Residenzplatz, a square located in the center of Old Town and laid out in the year 1587. The fountain was built between 1656 and 1661.

Right next to the fountain are these archways, another filming location for "The Sound of Music". When you walk through them you are standing in front of the Salzburg Cathedral.

St. Margaret's Chapel was built in the 15th century and is located in St. Peter's Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Salzburg. It lies at the foot of the Festungsburg, a small mountain. Hohensalzburg Fortress sits on top of this mountain.

St. Peter's Cemetery has graves dating back to the year 1288. Members of some of Salzburg's most notable families are buried here, including Mozart's sister.

There are also catacombs carved into the rock face above St. Peter's Cemetery.

Sign above an arch leading to St. Peter Stiftskulinarium, the over 1200 year old restaurant where we ate lunch, dating back to the year 803.

Entrance to the restaurant.

The dining room where we ate. We got there a little early so we could look around.

This was up on the stage in our dining room. Unfortunately we didn't get to hear anyone play it, but isn't it beautiful?

After lunch, we visited Mozart's statue in Mozartplatz, before heading up to visit Hohensalzburg Fortress. I'll show some pictures of that visit tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mirabell Palace and Gardens in Salzburg

An entrance to the Mirabell Gardens used in a scene from "The Sound of Music".

"Do-Re-Mi" steps from "The Sound of Music".

Pegagus Fountain next to the Mirabell Palace. This fountain was also used in a scene from the movie.

If you look closely, you can see the Hohensalzburg Fortress (upper left) in this photo. Another scene from the movie was filmed in this walkway.

The Mirabell Palace.

Hohensalzburg Fortress can be seen on the hill overlooking the city in this photo. We rode the Festungsbahn (funicular railway) up there later on in the day.

When our ship was docked in Passau, Germany, we decided to take a day trip to Salzburg, Austria because my daughter had never been there before. This was my second trip to this beautiful city. Our first stop was the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. If you have seen the movie "The Sound of Music", you might recognize the first first four photos as locations used in scenes from the film.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Melk Abbey

The Prelate's Courtyard is one of seven courtyards at Melk Abbey.

Marble Hall.

Ceiling fresco by Paul Troger (1731) in Marble Hall. I wish I could have gotten the whole thing in the photo, but I would have had to lie down on the floor to do it and then I wouldn't have been able to get back up and would probably still be there.

The library at Melk Abbey consists of a total of twelve rooms with only this one room open to the public.

Looking down at the town of Melk from one of the windows in the abbey.

The abbey church.

The next stop on our cruise was Melk Abbey, a Benedictine abbey perched high above the Danube on a rocky cliff overlooking the town of Melk, Lower Austria. Founded in 1089, the Baroque abbey seen today was built between 1702 and 1736. The model of the abbey in the last photo gives you an idea of how big this place is.

Linking to Tom's Tuesday's Treasures.