Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sweet Salzburg

I completely forgot to write about our short trip to Salzburg, Austria.  First of all, we loved the city, the food, the people, the sights and the snow which rarely falls on Frankfurt.  Sounds blasphemous to speak of cold snowy weather as I look out on this gorgeous Spring day with temperatures near 70 degrees.  Seems even more wrong to brag about our glorious weather here when my poor family and friends back in Michigan are still under the chilly grip of old man winter.  I digress.....

Salzburg was our destination between Christmas and New Years Eve.  We wanted to be in our own place on Christmas, stay in our pajamas all day, eat comfort food and watch Hannah unwrap her gifts.  Starting our own traditions is so much fun.  We also didn't want to miss the New Years Eve fireworks in Frankfurt from our upper terrace - always a spectacular view like being in a snow globe of fireworks.
View of the Alps from the Hohensalzburg Fortress
We had an awesome room in Salzburg - one that gave us extra space and allowed for us to sit up after Hannah's bedtime instead of huddling in the dark and whispering.  The incredible view of the fortress had us second guessing how much we actually paid. We arrived on the last evening of the Weihnachtsmarkt, which was quaint and similar to the German markets.

Christmas Decorations in the Hohensalzburg Fortress 

Chapel in the Fortress

Yes, I kissed my love in the "Love Grotto" :)

Just into the Alps - in search of snow......
To take this little one sledding.....she hated it!

Stunning view after our sledding attempt - made the hour drive worthwhile
Oldest Restaurant in Europe - St. Peter's Stiftskeller 

View from the fortress towards the Alps

The fortress from across the Salzach River
Salzburg means Salt Castle

Salzach River
Bike Parking at the Augustiner Brewery
Gotta love it!
There was so much to see in Salzburg.  We only touched the tip of iceberg so to speak - as we didn't get to venture out of the city much, but when we did we were constantly saying to each other, "Oh, this would be great in the Spring." or "I want to come back!" maybe hopefully that is possible.