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Hallstatt Austria August 2013

Hallstatt Austria August 2013

Our first stop in Austria is the small lake town called Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut Lake District of Austria. Hallstatt has breathtaking views and is a UNESCO heritage site considered to be the oldest still inhabited settlement in Europe. Its name is “borrowed” from the Hallstatt culture, the predominant Central European Culture during the early Iron Age. An old cemetery was found in the little town which is said to date back to those times. Also known as “the Pearl of Austria”, Hallstatt is truly spectacular, due to its “guardian of the Hallstättersee lake” status and the beautiful mountains surrounding it. Cars are not allowed here from May to October 10am to 5pm, so we have to get there by walk. Next, we went to old town Salzburg and visited the Mozarts Geburshaus museum, the only yellow buidling on the street. This is the house in which Mozart was born and lived, when he was not touring, with his family until he was age 17. There is an app you can download that gives you written descriptions of areas of the residence using code numbers on the walls, and free wifi signal within the museum that allows you to quickly download the app on-site. The original items you can see include Mozart's childhood violin, a few locks of (allegedly) his hair, and a few personal possessions (the wallet he carried with him until death, mother of pearl buttons from his clothing, etc.). There are a few facsimiles of correspondence between Mozart and his wife/family and of portraits of his likeness. This museum is a must-see if you take the time to visit Salzburg.  
 
The Makartsteg is a bridge over the Salzach River in Salzburg's city centre. It was named after the 19th century Historicist painter Hans Makart, who was born and raised in Salzburg. There are a sea of padlocks (or commonly called lovelocks) attached to the fence just below the railing of Salzburg, Austria's most modern pedestrian bridge. Next, we went to the Mirabella Gardens. The Pegasus fountain is a good starting point to run down the hedge arcade along the Grand Parterre: this is what Fräulein Maria and the Trapp children did in the movie "The Sound of Music" and remarkably popular with visitors. At last, we stopped by Vienna, capital and largest city of Austria. Apart from being regarded as the City of Music[10] because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be "The City of Dreams". The Historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. The Stadtpark is must see and it takes 15 minutes to get there from the Stadts Opera. We took a photo with the symbol of Vienna, the olden statue of Strauss who performed the first concert in the nearby Concert Hall. There is also the Flower Clock and the flowers always changed depending on the season. That night, we stayed at the Hotel Gasthof Wieseneck which is right next to the slopes of the Flachau Ski Area, might be good for us to revisit this place during winter time.



Hallstatt Austria August 2013

Our first stop in Austria is the small lake town called Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut Lake District of Austria. Hallstatt has breathtaking views and is a UNESCO heritage site considered to be the oldest still inhabited settlement in Europe. Its name is “borrowed” from the Hallstatt culture, the predominant Central European Culture during the early Iron Age. An old cemetery was found in the little town which is said to date back to those times. Also known as “the Pearl of Austria”, Hallstatt is truly spectacular, due to its “guardian of the Hallstättersee lake” status and the beautiful mountains surrounding it. Cars are not allowed here from May to October 10am to 5pm, so we have to get there by walk. Next, we went to old town Salzburg and visited the Mozarts Geburshaus museum, the only yellow buidling on the street. This is the house in which Mozart was born and lived, when he was not touring, with his family until he was age 17. There is an app you can download that gives you written descriptions of areas of the residence using code numbers on the walls, and free wifi signal within the museum that allows you to quickly download the app on-site. The original items you can see include Mozart's childhood violin, a few locks of (allegedly) his hair, and a few personal possessions (the wallet he carried with him until death, mother of pearl buttons from his clothing, etc.). There are a few facsimiles of correspondence between Mozart and his wife/family and of portraits of his likeness. This museum is a must-see if you take the time to visit Salzburg.  
 
The Makartsteg is a bridge over the Salzach River in Salzburg's city centre. It was named after the 19th century Historicist painter Hans Makart, who was born and raised in Salzburg. There are a sea of padlocks (or commonly called lovelocks) attached to the fence just below the railing of Salzburg, Austria's most modern pedestrian bridge. Next, we went to the Mirabella Gardens. The Pegasus fountain is a good starting point to run down the hedge arcade along the Grand Parterre: this is what Fräulein Maria and the Trapp children did in the movie "The Sound of Music" and remarkably popular with visitors. At last, we stopped by Vienna, capital and largest city of Austria. Apart from being regarded as the City of Music[10] because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be "The City of Dreams". The Historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. The Stadtpark is must see and it takes 15 minutes to get there from the Stadts Opera. We took a photo with the symbol of Vienna, the olden statue of Strauss who performed the first concert in the nearby Concert Hall. There is also the Flower Clock and the flowers always changed depending on the season. That night, we stayed at the Hotel Gasthof Wieseneck which is right next to the slopes of the Flachau Ski Area, might be good for us to revisit this place during winter time.