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Bratwurst, Bells and Salt Mines

Rain was due in around midday so we headed out to walk around some more areas of Salzburg we hadn't been to before it arrived. Walking down Linzer Gasse I was looking for steps up to the ministry on the cliffs this side of the river and found some through an archway. I left Mum in a cafe as coming down steps is not good on her knees so she tries to limit the amount of steps which is pretty hard in these old hilly towns.

The view up her was lovely , seeing the city from another aspect. This whole rocky outcrop haas city walls. There were so many walking trails up here and again I wish I had more time to explore them all!

Next we headed to the cemetery of St Peters that we had walked through on our first day. It is in a lovely leafy courtyard and the graves have beautiful bright pansies in so many varieties of colours. We read a few of the tombstones and this families was particularly sad as both their sons had died in WW2 in 1941 and 1942.

Beside the century was the entrance to the catacombs thought to date back to roman times and lived in by hermits. These ancient caves built in the side of the cliffs of Mount Monchsberg are a part of the cemetery below. One of the chapels was inaugurated and was first used in 1178. Hermits used the arched grave as a stone bed. 50 Christians were hurled to their death from this cave in 477 AD.It is believed that early monks lived here as hermits. Mozarts sister is buried here as well as the famous composer Hayden

Walking back through the city we grabbed an early lunch of my new favourite bratwurst in a toasted bun followed by a yummy chocolate covered pretzel with hazelnut through the pretzel.

At 1.30pm we were picked up from the hostel to do another Panorama tour - the Bavarian Mt and Salt Mine Tour that goes for 4 hours and cost 50 E. It was drizzly now so the view of the Bavarian alps was spoilt.

Listened to an an interesting commentary from the guide as we drove through town and back into Germany and the gorgeous snow covered alps that we had seen from the fortress to.

Salzburg has 150,000 people and Austria 8 million

They sell beer at Mc Donalds

Untersberg Mt is 6000 feet high

Passed the hill where the opening scene where Julie Andrews was singing in the hills

The onion top church buildings came about from the Turkish invasion

Passed by Hitlers Eagles Nest centre and homes and centres for many SS officials. - all gone now except for 1 building. The elevator at Eagles Nest could hold 40 people and was made of brass to give the illusion it was bigger as Hitler was claustrophobic

Arriving in Berchtesgaden we did the 1 hour salt mine tour. Salt was called the "white gold" Donning miners overalls we entered the 490 year old mines that is still operational. It is Germany's oldest active salt mine.We jumped on a little train that we had to sit astride the seat behind the next person and went down 300 metres. We got off the train and did the rest walking. We had an audio guide to listen to at the different stops. It is10 degrees underground and If I thought about the fact that I was that far underground and that if the air shafts failed there would be no air to breathe it was quite scary The tunnels were of course dark and dimly lit. Some were hewn out of stone and others reinforced by timber. 100 years ago they mined 6cm a day and today they can advance 6 m a day.

We also slid down 2 original miners slides that they used to go lower that went for about 100 metres. Mum and I laughed so much - like being a kid on a giant slide!

On our return at the hostel we had goulash soup again for dinner with yummy warm bread dunked in it for 3.80E Did our washing 5 E

Expenses:

2E Catacomb

3.97 Food from Spar

3.60 Brustwurst in a bun

3e Chocolate coverd hazelnut pretzel

50 E Salt mine tour 3.80 E Dinner 5 E washing

Outside the monastery

Outside the monastery


View from the other side of town

View from the other side of town


Looking over to the castle

Looking over to the castle


Looking down to Mozart Bridge

Looking down to Mozart Bridge


City walls

City walls


City Walls

City Walls


Step back down

Step back down


and more steps

and more steps


Entrance where I went up

Entrance where I went up


Entrance up to monastery and City walls

Entrance up to monastery and City walls


St Peters Cemetry sad plaque - 2 sons lost in WW2

St Peters Cemetry sad plaque - 2 sons lost in WW2


Cemetery

Cemetery


St Peters Cemetery

St Peters Cemetery


Entrance to Catacombs  above St Peters

Entrance to Catacombs above St Peters


Catacombs

Catacombs


Catacomb steps

Catacomb steps


Favourite Bratwurst shop

Favourite Bratwurst shop


Yum - eaten way too many of these!!

Yum - eaten way too many of these!!


Chocolate covered pretzel with hazelnut filling

Chocolate covered pretzel with hazelnut filling


Mum in her Miners suit at Salt Mines

Mum in her Miners suit at Salt Mines


and me

and me


On the Train ready to go in

On the Train ready to go in


Salt Mines

Salt Mines


Bersherngaden

Bersherngaden


Church

Church


Decorative building

Decorative building


Going down the  slide - so much fun

Going down the slide - so much fun

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Austria

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