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Today was a long touristing day.  We left the boat at Brandstatt, and travelled on the motorway to Salzburg, with a comfort stop at a very fancy service centre overlooking a lake with the Alps in the background – it’s apparently for sale for a mere 14 million euros!  Then on to Salzburg, for a short guided tour and a walk-around, until back on the bus and up the local mountain to Gaisberg (elevation 1,001 metres) for an Austrian lunch and a “Sound of Music” show – which was actually not near as bad as it sounds!  Then back on the bus to rejoin our ship at Passau, just in time for dinner.

Here’s some pics from the day …

Lake between Brandstatt and Salzburg

A lake between Brandstatt and Salzburg, from a freeway “roadhouse” – which was considerably up-market from the usual Australian truck stops!

Motorway service centre

A high-class service centre on the motorway between Brandtstatt and Salzburg.

Honehensalzburg Fortress

Salzburg’s old city is overlooked by Honehensalzburg Fortress on Monchberg.

Markatsteg footbridge

Markatsteg footbridge across the Salzach River, leading to the old city of Salzburg. The “love locks” are here too!

St. Peter's cemetery & catacombs

Our guide Bernard recommended a visit to the small cemetery at St Peter’s church, near the main square. In the caves of the cliff of Monchberg are catacombs, containing several small chapels.

Salzburg Spielzeit festival program

The program for the 2016/2017 Salzburg Spielzeit festival – widely varied, Monty Python to opera!


We bought some Mozartkegeln – “Mozart balls”, chocolate filled with almond praline – at this stall in the market square.

"Sound of Music" show at Gaisberg

“Sound of Music” show at Gaisberg.