Day 3 - Sound of Music Bus Tour, Hohensalzburg and Salzburg Marionette Theater
We started our morning with another fabulous full breakfast at our hotel in Salzburg. Our trip includes a full breakfast daily,
and either lunch or dinner at a choice of three Austrian restaurants nearby. I'm pretty sure I've gained about 10 pounds already this past week. But who can resist crisp hot apple strudel swimming in warm vanilla sauce - even if you're completely stuffed with schnizel? Maybe it's a good thing we are only in Salzburg for a week otherwise I'd be as big as the Sound of Music tour bus we were on today.
We got on the "official" Panorama Sound of Music Bus Tour at 9:30 am and drove with the huge bus all around the major movie production sights. We saw the villas they used for the both the front and back of the von Trapp home (two different ones), the gazebo that Liesl and Rolf danced around inside and the cathedral in Mondsee that was used for the wedding. Lots of interesting movie trivia and facts is given throughout the tour and our American guide was very entertaining. We had people on the bus from all over the world. He pointed out that the movie was a huge hit all over the globe - except Austria. I think my husband may have been the first Austrian ever to take "The Sound of Music" bus tour, but it was obvious by the amount of pictures he took that he was enjoying it as much as the rest of us. The only issue we ran into during the tour is that some of the roads we needed access to were still flooded so we had to go around the long way to get to Mondsee.
We tried out our Salzburg cards issued to us by the Salzburg Tourism office this afternoon to take a cable car up to the Hohensalzburg - the massive fortress that is on every single picture of Salzburg city you have ever seen. I think my son may have liked that short ride up the mountain even better than visiting the fortress itself, but the inside of the fortress is full of interesting museums and artifacts dating back over 1,000 years. And the views from the top of the fortress were breathtaking.
At night we had dinner and then headed over to the Salzburg Marionette Theatre to see "The Sound of Music" performed by puppets. I think this was just one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Imagine string puppets singing, dancing, riding bicycles, smoking pipes and performing puppets. Yes, that's right, they actually did the "Lonely Goatherd" scene - puppets performing puppets! An end to a day doesn't get much better than that.