When I set foot in Salzburg Hauptbahnhof (Interesting fact here, Hauptbahnhof literally means main railway station), I realized I’ve made a big mistake. I did not look up on the weather and the temperature in Austria during the early summer. As in, whether it rains often or whether it was cold. So, when I was walking around in the station, I felt like a complete idiot wherein everyone around me was wearing like its autumn here and there I was, with my friend. I swear, we were most likely the only ones in the entire station with shorts and slippers. Yeap, it was like I was back in Bristol where it’s cold and wet. Thank goodness, I brought along a pair of trousers (the only one, in fact) and I quickly went and changed.
I started from Salzburg (3 days 2 nights) then I went to Vienna (5 days 4 nights) as Salzburg was closer to Venice which was where I left earlier. The main and perhaps, only reason I visited Austria was because of the fact that the Sound of Music was filmed in Salzburg. My friend, especially, was a huge fan of the movie. Boy, did we missed the bigger picture here! Austria was more than just that, it was breathtaking! The people here were very friendly and nice, the cities are very clean, the weather was great compared to the heat in Greece and Italy.
When we got to Salzburg, we signed up for a Maria bike tour. The tour guide took us to the various locations where some of the scenes in the movie were shot. Although the bike tour was cut short due to the rain, we returned and did a day trip to Salzburg after we left Vienna. We thought that we needed another day in Salzburg as we were on our way to Munich. I could still remember the bike trials to all of the places we’ve been during the bike tour but I couldn’t figure out how to get to the gazebo. Shame, really, as I wanted to take a picture with the row of trees where Maria sang ‘I have Confidence’. As we revisited Salzburg, I fell in love with the scenery of the countryside as we cycled through the outskirts of town.
Vienna was beautiful. My friend and I got to choose one specific activity to do here. After some googling, I suggested a trip to the Vienna Zoo which was the oldest zoo in the world! Besides, I haven’t been to a zoo in ages! My friend planned a visit to the State Opera where we watched a night show. We got standing tickets which was way cheaper, perfect for backpackers! Though the show was in Italian (I think), they have subtitles on the screens. Still, the downside of this was, when you’re trying to understand the plot, you kinda missed the expressions of the actors and actresses. So I didn’t got to enjoy the entire show, but the experience was really once in a lifetime thing.
Personally, I’d like to return to Austria one day as I really love the environment of the cities and its people. Initially, Austria was my friend’s idea and I know nothing about it till now. It is more than just the movie here, it was the birthplace of Mozart, classical music and so much more. I’ll definitely be adding Hallstatt in my itinerary in the future as I’ve heard, it is out of this world.