Salzburg is the city where Mozart was born, and perhaps just as noteworthy it is also the city “that all the Americans visit because of that movie they all love” according to a buddy of Mauricio’s. 😊 In case the movie isn’t yet ringing your memory bell (Jenny!), perhaps this little preview will get your memory dancing:
From Bad Reichenhall we drove over the river and through the woods…I mean across the border and to Salzburg. We noticed immediately how well-kept the city appeared. In comparison to our city of Frankfurt (which generally I do think is clean), Salzburg is immaculate. Surprisingly, in spite of it’s notoriety it really is not as large as you might expect, only about 150,000 people. It is an easy city to navigate by foot, although in true European style it has a very thorough public transportation system.
We opted not to do the ‘Sound of Music’ city tour but no doubt a few times I overheard other people reading out of guide books referencing certain scenes and maybe even a ‘do-reh-me’ or two. Instead we chose to wander about and hang out with Mozart a bit, checkout the Dom zu Salzburg, tour the Hohensalzburg Fortress, and lastly we made it to the Mirabell gardens although the palace was closed for tourists by the time we arrived.
About Mozart: Did you know he died poor?
About the Dom: the original cathedral on this site was built in 767 A.D. Two devastating fires (1167 & 1598) and one bombing (1944) later the Dom in it’s current state was last rebuilt/renovated in 1959.
About Mirabell Palace and Garden: Built in 1606, a really rich guy built it for his adored wife. She birthed 15 children in this palace….15…….children….
The German language is just like the English language in the sense that different regions and different countries speak it differently. Down in Bavaria (I like to call it the Texas of Germany because geographically it’s south and big, rich, politically conservative and has a very strong sense of identity), and into Austria the language accent is really quite different. Consider comparing a neutral US English accent to that of a person from London. British English has a sort of musical tilt to it, and I find that the Bavarian-Austrian German also sounds more melodic. Just like when I watch a British movie and have to turn up the volume and pay closer attention, the same ear adjustment is necessary for navigating this region. But, when we responded in our German with the noticeably missing local accent or slang words, people often slowed their speech.
To finish off our Salzburg tourism, we ate in a cozy, neighborhood restaurant where the beer flowed like wine, the servers wore lederhosen and spoke in dialect (a sort of regional super slang), and we were the only foreigners (except for the group of russians who came later).
Piano = Klavier
Fire = Feuer
Garden = Garten
Horse = Pferd
15 children = 15 (fünfzehn pronounced foonf-zane) Kinder
Restaurant = Restaurant
**See, not all German is hard, quite a few words are very similar to English. I think I will just have to do a list one of these days…