Salzburg, Austria – Part 2

Hi all!

So we separated from our group of friends this morning as they are headed back to London. Going forth, we purchased a 24-hour Salzburg card at our hotel that doubled as a public transport card and gave us discount to different attractions. We took bus 180 to Salzburg Open Air Museum, which showcases the types of houses at different time points. Despite the slight drizzle (nothing usual), it felt like a stroll through the woods.

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A patch of kraut used to make sauerkraut (duh!).

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The male’s loo.

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A barn

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Think this was a communal canteen/restaurant.

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A bee rearing house that looked so pretty because of the colourful doors. Though getting this picture required me to step deep into a muddy field. The things we do, haha.

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A room in a beer making house.

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A classroom in the past.

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This man was making goat’s soap.

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Thereafter, we headed back to HBF where we took bus 25 down to the trick museum/Hellbrunn castle. If there is one place I would recommend heading down to in Salzburg, this is definitely the one. These 2 places are situated close together and an entrance ticket will give you access to both of them. But the trick museum was a place for a good laugh as you get wet. Especially since our guide through the museum was pretty funny.

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A cave (I think).

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Miniature moving display

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After the trick museum, you’ll end at the castle where you can take a look around. So the guide saw me posing with a unicorn on the outside grounds and mentioned there was one in the museum. And true enough, there was a fake one. Haha, I’m doubtful that unicorns ever roamed Earth, unless we’re living in the world of Harry Potter.

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Simply loved the embroidery on the pants that I took a picture of the figurine’s butt. Oops!

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From the trick museum, it’s a 5 minutes walk to the Salzburg zoo, which was pretty small. But I got to see llamas for the first time so that was cool. Their reindeer (only one) in the enclosure looked pretty sad and sickly though.

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As the day was ending, we quickly headed out to take the bus back to the hotel to grab our luggages. Of course, the epic moment comes when you’re dragging your luggage to the train station and it decides to pour heavily (with strong winds)  that even our umbrellas were no match for it. Mine pretty much flopped and a piece even broke off, even though it was a new umbrella. But we made it, soaking wet, to grab the s-bahn to head to hbf for out night bus to Munich, and later Rome. The bus journey from Munich to Rome was an epic one, with plain-T police coming up to check our passports and escorting 2 guys out. At about 1-2 am in the morning, it was truly confusing, and would perhaps be a bit more nerve-wrecking, if our brain was more functional at that time. ‘Alas, our tired-muddled brain were more like “…” But till the next post, bye!

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Hallstat

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From Salzburg, we took a day trip out to Hallstat, which was an adventure in itself. But can I just say how gorgeous Hallstat is! We took a bus from Hallstat to Dachstein where we visited the ice cave and the five fingers look-out point. Though can I just say that that day was totally not my day. I fell at least 3 times that day just by walking -.- The ice cave was quite an interesting experience that was quite different from the one I visited at Halong Bay, Vietnam.

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The trail, a short trek up to the ice cave opening.

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The start of the cave was quite cooling, a bit like air-con temperature. But it got progressively colder as we went deeper into the cave and the ice starts to form. Towards the end, I was just shivering and hoping that the tour of the cave would end soon. Haha. But it was fun though. The sad thing the guide mentioned though, was that as the temperature rose, a lot of the ice are starting to melt and eventually the ice part of the cave might just be a thing of the past.

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The ice forming from a waterfall.

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And behold! Marginally warmer air! Haha!

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Look at how beautiful the trek down from the cave was!

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After lunch, we took a cable car up to the five fingers lookout point. It was my first time seeing snow! So cool, though one I felt snow, it was quite anti-climax. It’s just like shaved ice. Lol.

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I think it was quite a good day for paragliding that day. There were so many of people doing paragliding. We spent a good amount of time just watching them and discussing how they knew where to land. I mean there must  have been a course or something that they had to take but still, it’s quite interesting that they are able to spot the landing site from such a distance.

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From here, we rushed back to take the cable car that would enable us to catch the last bus back to Hallstat. But alas! We missed it. Luckily, there was this random person who offered to drive us back down for a reasonable fee. So the group of us shared the car with another person and made our way back down. The history of hallstatt was quite an interesting one. The place also looked like a town straight out of a fairy tale.

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Despite our attempts to catch the bus that we bring us back to the train station to get back to Salzburg, we somehow or rather missed it (?) Not sure if it was due to some communication error between us and bus drivers. By then it was around 5-ish, so we got some pasta and pesto sauce to cook our dinner at the hostel, just as the grocery store was closing. Quite cool that gates/bars would appear to prevent people from doing any further shopping.

Anyway, as we were wondering how to get back, the same person who drove us back down to Hallstat appeared and was ready to drive people who wanted to get to the train station to head back to Bad Ischul and later take bus 150 to Salzburg. Luck was with us that day though, despite my falls. Haha. Till the next post, bye!

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Salzburg, Austria – Part 1

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It was a dreary day when we reached Salzburg. Quite a change from the warmth we experienced in Budapest. We settled into our hotel and headed out to grab dinner at around 4pm only to find most shops closed quite early. Even grocery stores were starting to close at about 5.30pm. We basically had an early night that day.

Unfortunately, because I had to do laundry, and the washer/dryer was located in the kitchen, I woke up at 3 am just to get them done without needing to avoid people who were cooking. I think even the receptionist who was doing laundry too was surprised haha. Met a group of weird semi-drunk guys at the lobby so I tried to sit at an inconspicuous corner. But alas, one of them spotted me while I was on the phone. So using that as an excuse, I went away to hideout in the kitchen instead. Lol, quite creepy but funny also.

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Perhaps it was a good day for weddings, we saw 3 different couples getting married at Mirabell gardens. The photographer for one of them was super funny, giving the couples weird instructions on how to pose. My friend and I could only wonder if the pictures would actually turn out nice.

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I loved how the unicorn’s butt was strategically located just above the fortress.

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I think apple strudel was supposed to be good in Salzburg but the one we had was not impressive.

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Headed to 220 cafe, upon the insistence of one of the people in our group for coffee. Though I had chai tea instead that came in a very atas teapot. Quite cool and the staff were very friendly as well.

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This smoothie was actually quite good (but pricey), I desperately needed some greens in my body, so when I saw spinach on the bottle I just grabbed it. Europe has a serious lack of green leafty vegetables, I realised. Most likely, I just didn’t know where to find them.

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Am seriously quite awed by the size of this drainage hole.

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Now, this restaurant, is one I would highly recommend even though it’s slightly on the pricey end. Their truffle pasta was so good and they were so generous with the truffle that we ordered a second plate.

Triangel – Address: Wiener Philharmonikergasse 7, A-5020 Salzburg

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With nothing much to do in the city, we caught a marionette show for the magic flute, which was entirely in German, so we couldn’t understand a single thing. And even though there were English subtitles on the side (which was more of a summary of the scene), the experience is just not the same. Till the next post, bye!

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