Touring the hills of Salzburg Mondsee. Rain misted up the windows a little so it got somewhat blurry. Nothing beats the crystal clear of the lakes, greenery of the mountains and scattered Mondsee cottages. When in Salzburg, celebrate the Sound of Music. They had us all singing along to Do-Re-Mi!
A glimpse of the rococo villa from the bank across, while surrounded by a gorgeous bevy of swans. Contrary to popular belief, the Schloss Leopoldskron palace was never used as the Von Trapp villa in Robert Wise’s Sound of Music!
‘Twas a rainy mid-afternoon, and we ran from Mondsee Abbey (a quick 50m dash) into the welcoming embrace of Cafè Braun, where the aroma of vanilla syrup and freshly roasted coffee jolted our olfactory senses into working overtime.
This small-town cafè is everything you can ask for: the apple strudel is next to the best I’ve ever had (the first on my list being Corica’s Apple Strudel from Perth)! The beverages were simply divine and the interior cosy and welcoming.
Definitely one of those places you have to try, at least once in your lifetime.
When I was in Salzburg, I had the pleasure of exploring the rolling hills of Mondsee via Panorama’s Tour of the Sound of Music! I shared an afternoon singing along to “Do Re Mi Fa”, “Climb Every Mountain” and “Sixteen going on Seventeen” with 20-odd tourists who grew up also singing and dancing along to tunes from Julie Andrew’s 1965 film musical.
This is a view of Mondsee as our tour bus cruised the winding roads that led to Mondsee Abbey – the Benedictine monastery in which Julie Andrew’s character wedded Christopher Plummer (Maria and Baron von Trapp).
Fun fact: The film shows von Trapp family hiking over the Alps from Austria to Switzerland. However, the family did not intend to leave Salzburg on foot. They could have driven through the night nearer to the Swiss (or Italian) border before embarking on their hike.
The fun sing-along ride lasted 45 minutes, taking us from Salzburg’s city centre into Mondsee’s small village of a Town…
…where finally! The Mondsee Abbey greeted us warmly!
The elaborate wedding ceremony of the von Trapps was held right in this chapel.
We hid from the rain at Cafè Braun, a place best-known for its apple-strudels!
I loved walking in the rain, though utterly chilled to the bone, in the quaint little village where locals are quick to welcome you to their humble dwellings. Each of these sidewalk cafès and eateries offer a variety delish bites, as well as elaborate local dishes!
A pity we were hurried back on the tour bus in under an hour, so our guides can swish us back to Salzburg train station in time for home-bound transport. Nevertheless I did enjoy the lush greenery of Mondsee immensely! Seeing the mountain upclose was breathtakingly surreal.
In the span of an afternoon, Panorama’s tour had driven us to several locations prior to Mondsee: Leopoldskron Palace, Hellbrunn Palace, Nonnberg Abbey, Lake Fuschl and Lake Wolfgang (where panorama shots and scenes of the picnic were filmed). All the film locations were pretty well-preserved and resembled what was filmed in the ’60s! Very much as picturesque and lively as the scenes from our best-loved musical movie 🙂
Salzach River is 225 kilometres (140 mi) in length. Salzach, the name, is derived from the German word Salz, meaning “salt”. Until the 19th century, shipping of salt down Salzach was a crucial part of local economy.
With Salzburg being a university town, the bridge was dominated by lots of students in the afternoon, chilling with their picnic lunches and beers. What a life! Makes me wanna go back to being an undergraduate all over again.
On the balustrades themselves you will see statues of Roman gods from 1689: Diana, Flora, Minerva, Ceres, Pomona. Venus, Vesta, Juno and Chronos, Bacchus, Jupiter, Mars, Hercules, Vulcan, Hermes and Apollo. These statues were made by B. van Opstal.
The Pegasus Fountain, a work by Kaspar Gras from Innsbruck, installed in 1913. The four groups of statues around the fountain were sculpted by Ottavio Mosto in 1690 and symbolize the 4 elements: fire, air, earth and water.
Open year-round, the Mirabell Palace and Gardens are free to the public! A really short walk to the east from Salzach River and a great way to rest your feet, away from the hustle and bustle of town. Am so glad to have finally found my way here 🙂