17 min or so later a train that we took to the real station we needed so we waited around for our train to Salzburg, boarded and took the train through the countryside and finally into Salzburg. We arrived at the Hotel Markus Sittikus and took a walk to a local beer garden, delicious pretzels, beer and Bratwurst, delicious. We found a local bar had some Wiessbier (Dunkel and not dunkel) from Austria and went home to sleep off the lag. Next day, tour tour tour! We walked around Salzburg and toured the Fortress Cathedral awesome of course and as you notice the river is an awesome green color...salt, minerals, light stuff like that, it's nice. So after this tour and some Schnitzel Hawaii style...you know pork with ham, pineapple, and cheese...hmmm, we took the Sound of Music tour!! I know we're dorks and all but come on...you have to do it plus it was air conditioned tour buses and Europeans apparently don't believe in AC...anywhere. We go to see all the places that were in the movie the sounds of music and it was great! Here are some pictures.
So as you can see we saw a wide variety of places. I must say I really wanted to find the grave spot where the Family VonTrapp hid behind, and I guess we were in the grave yard, but we didn't know...sad I know. Anyway it was a great trip to Salzburg and was finished with a wonderful night of drinking way too much WeissBier getting ripped off at the bar, getting lost getting back to the hotel, and scaring the woman at the reception desk because I was trying to check out and almost threw up there...I did throw up outside...we hopped on the train and switched in Munich...hmm Bavarian beer is wonderful and took the ICE high speed train to Dortmund...which many people have never heard of. We met my sister, her husband, my other sister and mom and went to the house where we were staying. THE NICEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD! This couple was very hospitable maybe in the future we will stay with them again! We had some German breakfast, coffee and cake at 3:30pm, more beer, Bratwurst, salad, food food and more food. Germany is great. My sister had her wedding the next day at this beautiful modern church and then the reception which lasted into the wee hours of the morning...I believe we left the hall around 4??? Well around 1:30am/2ish a big plate of sausage, cheese, and breads came out...
old days...long ago I really don't remember the date exactly but the church has these cages where they put people and the birds would peck at them and then the remains would eventually fall out of the cages. I think that would qualify as cruel and unusual punishment.
Also in Munster is this great Astrological clock, not very logical as I read the instructions on how to read it and could not understand how to...its pretty complicated trying to determine the time and seasons and all that junk, but hey the clock is like 500 years old so I guess it would be hard to read. We drank more beer that night had more salads with mayo on it and I never found my favorite liberwurst pate...sad I know, but my brother-in-law's mother gave me some that she had...hmmm. So we fell asleep woke up and got back to NYC JUST in time for rush hour...how wonderful. I suppose that was our trip in a nutshell! We hope soon to go back and enjoy more of the German countryside, maybe this time we will go to Amsterdam!