Well, my life is complete. I have officially walked in Julie Andrew’s footprints. Our walking tour this morning included a stroll through Mirabell Palace, a building originally built for the mistress and ten children of Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, but better known as the setting for most of the frolicking in the Sound of Music. I think I still heard people humming “Do Re Mi” a full two hours after we left the gardens.
The remainder of the tour brought us to old cemeteries, old churches, and Mozart’s birthplace, which is conveniently squeezed between a Norwegian shop and an H&M. I can now officially brag about seeing Mozart’s first violin (which was tiny) and a lock of his hair (which was equal parts cool and gross).
We got out of the Mozart museum at 12:30, and I already was beginning to feel my feet. I know we were told to bring good walking shoes, but I don’t think any of us were prepared for the sheer athleticism required to climb the four billion steps to Hohensalzburg, the city’s fortress. The guided tour took us through several drafty rooms, including “The Torture Room” and a breathtaking view of the mountains and village.
Apparently the fortress was never taken over, which is impressive, but I maintain that any potential invaders were too winded by the hike up the mountain to put up much of a fight. Especially if they were wearing a suit of armor!
Even though we saw a floating person dressed as a statue and a skeleton puppet that appeared to be singing and dancing to ABBA, I think the strangest thing about this city is the radio in the hotel room. It’s a silver box built into the wall with only two knobs: one for volume and one for stations numbered 1-6. Station 1 plays a mix of German and English pop songs, and station 2 seems to be some sort of Italian talk radio? In any case, I did my makeup this morning listening to a bizarre German rendition of Katy Perry’s “Roar.”
Tomorrow requires a 6:00am wake up call, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to get out of bed. Partly because I can’t bear to leave Salzburg, but also partly because I believe today’s hiking has left me paralyzed.