Choosing to visit Austria in the summer was largely a matter of "where can we fly from our local aiport", but the country turned out to be a wonderland of fun things to see and do. Our visit mainly concentrated on Salzburg, with great emphasis on The Sound of Music, the Salzkammergut mountain area, and Vienna. As always, we provided each other with Bingo cards of things to find. If you want to see us wearing the same clothes in a different location, click HERE to see photos from last summer's holiday in France.
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Exactly the beautiful landscape we imagined.

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Gnomes greeted us on the first day we arrived, which is a good thing, because our luggage had been lost at the airport.
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Our first residence was the Pension Elisabeth in Salzburg, where previoius guests are known to leave naughty things in rooms.

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Soon after we arrived, we walked into town and had a picnic of meatloaf sandwiches in Mirabell garden. Much of The Sound of Music was filmed here, we learned on our tour.
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A beautiful church at sunset.
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The Festung Hohensalzburg - Salzburg's fortress
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Many shops hang these elaborate signs out front.
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A cool Minotaur, reminiscent of the opera we saw.
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Another glorious building
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The house where Josef Mohr, composer of Stille Nacht (Silent Night) was born
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Colourful peppers in Salzburg's Thursday market
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We were delighted to find Eierschwammerl (girolles/chanterelles) in the market. We love finding wild mushrooms.
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A friendly accordionist in Mirabell gardens.
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The sometimes elusive Saint Sebastien
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The view from the window the the shop where we bought our Christmas ornament. We collect them from all our travels.
This is the ornament we bought in Salzburg.
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What a huge balalaika!
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Austrian souvenirs
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Eating authentic Sacher torte from the Sacher Hotel was one of my ultimate goals.
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Don't tell Sacher, but the Demel Café in Vienna makes a better version. The two places are great rivals.
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I bought my Austrian hat at a nice shop in Salzburg. It's to go with my lederhosen back home. A small girl called me "a hunter" during our trip.
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This is the "Do, Re, Mi" bridge from The Sound of Music (see our tour page). Locals know it as the Mozart bridge.

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An authentic Mozartkugel - a chocolate and marzipan treat that originated in Salzburg. These silver ones are the original ones, not the more common red and gold wrapped ones. Just so you know.
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A shy Superman to add to my collection. His shirt is from Mykonos! We have restful "Mykonos Days" at home, which means treating home like a holiday.
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Inside the Festung Hohensalzburg
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A torture mask - we figure it humiliated the wearer.
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Hiring cycles was liberating, and we zoomed around the city like the locals, including getting caught in a torrential thunderstorm!
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We cycled about an hour to Waldsee, a lake where not everyone wears swimsuits...
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A volleyball player at Waldsee.
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We found the city's oldest bakery by following a tour group.
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Another fun shop sign
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We saw several men actually wearing lederhosen on our trip.
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Some of the best music we heard was by this busker.
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Lots of couples got married on the day we were in Mirabell gardens. See our own wedding photos HERE.
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We saw Ramacher & Einfalt's exhibit in Mirabell Gardens. Like the Hairy Bikers, but in lederhosen.
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We took a day trip past the salt mines, but didn't go in.
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The river was full from the recent rains.
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A view of the German mountains where Hitler's Eagle's Nest was.
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Nick had to "feed the ducks" for his Bingo card.
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Beside the beautiful lake
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A local dog peers out.
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The figures on this window are monkeys, reputedly put there by the artist as an act of revenge on the patron who refused to pay.
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Simpler than the one I used to play.
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Berchtesgaden, Germany
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Salzburg at twilight
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