We drove from Bad Gastein to Salzburg in order to spend the day. The road that links the two cities is great: very large and very easy to drive, although there are many tunnels along the way.
Our first stop was at Hellbrunn Castle with its trick fountains! Lovely! The Castle provide tours that departs from the main entrance every half hour.
I do recommend you go in a group because the schloss guide (Castle’s guide) will provide all necessary information about the castle and will also press the appropriate bottoms to show visitors how the fountains were used to entertain guests in the past.
Be prepared! You will have fun and… you will get wet!!! ha ha ha
From Hellbrunn Schloss, located in Salzburg‘s south region, we continued driving to Salzburg, where we parked our car near a bridge and went by bike to the city center.
As we were starving (yes…it looks like we are always starving, he?), we stopped at a very nice bistro in front of the University of Salzburg where we had lunch.
Behind my husband you can see the University’s entrance and a marble sculpture by Jaume Plensa called “Awilda”, a true masterpiece!
Having lunch in front of University of Salzburg
Jaume Plensa’s sculpture “Awilda” is from 2010. It is 5 meters high and portrays the head of a girl who seems to spring from the ground. It is made of several layers of white Macael marble. It represents the diverse multicultural background of the university’s students.
After this delicious lunch we went to visit the Hohensalzburg, a place we had already been a lot of years ago with our kids.
View of Salzburg’s City Centre from the Fortress
The chapel is located inside the Fortress
After visiting the amazing Fortress we went walking down to the main square where the views towards the Fortress are magnificent!
Above and below it’s possible to see he sculpture “Sphaera”, on Kapitelplatz, It’s about nine metres high. It represents a male figure on a golden sphere with a neutral expression. This man might be ‘everyman’. From the German artist Stephan Balkenhol.
It’s a musical city! We saw many musicians carrying their instruments.
Looks like “The Death”, he? LA MUERTE !!! Oh…. PLEASE…. STAY AWAY from me!!!!
This sculpture is a work of art by It’s by Anna Chromy and is called “Coat of Peace”. It is a predecessor of the “Coat of Conscience”, a 15 foot high, 45 tonne sculpture carved from a single, 250 tonne block of white marble.
Another beautiful attraction in Salzburg: St Peter’s Church.
We’ve visited many baroque churches but this one has a special grandeur, with massive furnishings. Entering this temple it’s possible to feel the history and see the centuries of architecture before our eyes.
St Peter’s Church (Salzburg)
After visiting the center we went biking by the river and got even better views from the Salzburg’s Fortress.
After a nice ride along the Salzach River, went to visit Mirabell Palace and Gardens.
Mirabell Castle and Gardens
Mirabell Palace and Gardens: AWESOME tourist attraction.
The palace with its gardens is a listed cultural heritage monument and is part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg.
Several scenes from “The Sound of Music” were recorded here. Maria and the children sing “Do-Re-Mi” while dancing around the horse fountain.
As you can see, it’s possible to see many attractions in Salzburg in a single day. Everything is located close by and if you don’t have a lot of time you will have a great day anyway.
The distance between Salzburg and Bad Gastein is approximately 94 km (again, with many bends and tunnels along the way).
From Mirabell Palace and Gardens we went biking to the parking lot where we picked up our car and returned to our hotel. Once again we had nice views of the fortress.
When we arrived at Bad Gastein it was already 8.30pm and the weather was getting pretty ugly…. look to these low clouds and fog! Fortunately we were back!
Arriving at Bad Gastein after spending the day in Salzburg
We were starving (have I said this before? lol.. we are always starving! ) and went to have dinner at a restaurant located at the side of our hotel.
We had an excellent meal there and the price was very good as well!
Soup + Salad + Main Course (salmon with potatoes and herbs) + dessert (cheese cake with a LOT of chantilly cream) + 1 liter of white wine = 51 Euros!
Life is good! 🙂