Exploring & Escapades

bits & pieces of my travels

Category: Austria

Mirabell Palace

Mirabell Palace and Gardens, of Sound of Music Do-Re-Me fame. It was much smaller than I expected (some sources told us to spend hours here – we had walked through in maybe 20 minutes), but every bit as intricate and regal as imagined. I was excited to stand at the garden gates and under the tunnel for pictures; my mom loves the Sound of Music movie, and I knew she would appreciate the visuals.

If I had more time to spend in Salzburg, I would have loved to do an entire Sound of Music tour throughout the city. For this quick trip, Mirabell Palace was a perfect (very quick) fix. 



Three hours in Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and delicious mozartkugel. Not too much time, but enough to wander the streets, the cemetery, the palaces, the squares. All charming, colorful, and a bit wet on this particular Sunday afternoon. 

It was a three hour drive to the city from where we were staying in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and we didn’t need to be at the airport in Nuremberg until evening, so we decided to make the (albeit short) trip. I’m very glad that we did.

It’s a beautiful, quaint city. 



Lermoos, the cutest little Austrian ski village, nestled in the Alps, just south of the border with Germany. We found ourselves here by accident after our morning hike, when the original place we had scouted for lunch in a different town was closed. We drove in search of another place until we ended up here, and then we walked  in search of food until we found a sidewalk pub serving traditional Tirolese cuisine. So for me, that meant potatoes. Lots of delicious potatoes. 

The town was quiet for us, as it was the off-season for skiing, but I imagine it must be quite lively in the deep winter. Lively and cozy. Covered in snow. 

Austrian Alps

Autumn in Austria, just a short drive from where we were staying in Bavarian Germany. We began our day here, in the Alps, at Ehrenberg Castle and highline179, the world’s longest Tibet-style footbridge, which is also where I learned that I physically shake and lose my ability to breathe properly when suspended over nothingness on a swaying suspension bridge. But I did it!

It was worth it for the beautiful views. Every direction. Snowcovered mountaintops, sprawling valleys, a rainbow of foliage. A beautiful day for a late morning hike. 

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