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High on A Hill

14 Aug

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The first morning in Salzburg Inge and I drove into town and went to one of her favorite lookouts on the Mönchsberg by the Museum of Modern Art. From here there was a glorious panorama of the entire city. We could look down on the Altstadt highlighted with the domes and spires of landmark churches. Straight ahead was the Schloss Hohensalzburg, the medieval castle on the hill. Salzburg is famous for rain but that day was hot and sunny, similar to Venice.

What was totally cool was parking in a garage underneath a mountain.

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Across the river looking over Neustadt was Kapuzinerberg.

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This old water tower atop Mönchsberg was under renovation. Inge stood by some of her favorite modern sculptures.

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The River Salzach cut right through the center of the city.

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Later in the day I did some touristing on my own revisiting familiar places from 40 years ago. One of those was the Schloss Hohensalzburg seen in the first photograph. You can walk up but I opted for the funicular, a very short almost vertical ride.

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Looking down on the Salzburger Dom (Cathedral), which is large but quite plain on the outside. The inside is a treasure.

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Yes, there are houses on top of the Mönchsberg. People do live there.

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There is room for an entire town inside the walls of the castle.

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Gazing out on the Untersberg

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Riding back down into the Altstadt.

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One Response to “High on A Hill”

  1. Cynthia Barnes October 28, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    When Sound of Music was being filmed, I spent a semester studying in Salzburg, now over 50 years ago. Although it is a minor point, the monstrous pile of stone on the Monchsberg is not a Schloss or castle. It is a fortress – Festung. A castle is meant to be lived in; a fortress was for protection. In this case, it was a refuge to which the Prince Archbishops would quickly retreat, for instance, when the townspeople rose up against the taxation levied by the Prince Archbishops, or when Napoleon attacked. When Napoleon attacked the Festung Hohensalzburg, he shot cannon balls directly into the open throne room. There are scars on the twisted marble columns from those ball still are visible today. It was the only time the fortress was conquered, from what I recall. As a further note, my father was briefly stationed in the Fortress after WWII ended, after his portion of Patton’s Army finished with the liberation of Dachau. Although the Fortress was in very poor condition after the war and the Dom (Cathedral) had been bombed, resulting in the dome and the apse being nearly destroyed completely, he still saw the beauty of the city and it was because of his being stationed there that he insisted I take advantage of the overseas semester offered by my university. It was a life-changing 5 mos!

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