Salzburg, Austria (4) – A Walk to Park Kapuzinerberg (Day 6)

After Alstadt, we make our way to Park Kapuzinerberg.  Along the way, we visit Mirabel Garden (previous post) and then we walk along Steingasse to find the entrance to a staircase that would take us up to the park.    With so many unmarked options, we walked past the entrance twice before we figured it out.

Shopping in Alstadt



Mozart’s Birthplace



Looking north from Makartsteg Bridge, Alstadt would be to the left



Looking south from Makartsteg we see Alstadt, where we just came from



A quick coffee for an energy pickup at Makartplatz.  Catholic Church Dreifaltigkeitskirche in the background.

Our table was the one on the far right.


Hotel Bristol

A part of our surroundings as we as we enjoy our coffee



A beautiful entrance to a residential apartment.  There were many like these and we weren’t sure which one actually took us up to the park and which one would lead us into someone’s backyard.



As we wander on Steingasse, we come across small cafes and restaurants where people enjoy some socializing



Interesting graffiti artwork on Steingasse



The Imberstiege pathway to the lookout point at the Park.  There were a number of these steep climbs before we made it to the top.  It was well worth it.






Salzburg, Austria (3) – Mirabell Palace Gardens (Day 6)

Located about a half kilometre south of Salzburg Hbf (Main Station) is the Mirabell Palace and Gardens.  Built in 1606 for Prince-Archbishop Wolfe Dietrich Raitenau and his mistress Salome Alt.  358 years later it serves as a one of the film locations for “The Sound of Music”.

Entering the gates from the south end of the gardens, we see the Palace at the far north end.



We take refuge from the heat on a shaded bench.   Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is seen across the garden.



Looking towards the south end of the garden where we entered.  Hohensalzburg Castle in the background.









On the west side of the palace.  The Pegasusbrunnen Fountain (in the middle of photo) was used in the Sound of Music’s “Do-Re-Mi”




Salzburg, Austria (2) – Dom zu Salzburg (Day 6)

The Salzburg Cathedral, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is located in the Alstadt district.   The baroque building is designed by Italian architect, Santino Solari and completed in 1657.  It would have taken me days to go over every intricate detail that is displayed inside this magnificent building.

























The Cathedral Crypt served as burial grounds for Salzburg archbishops.



The Konrad crypt

Demolished in 1598, the choir crypt was unearthed from 1956 to 1958.



Salzburg, Austria (1) – A Walk to Alstadt (Day 6)

A six hour day trip from Vienna to Salzburg has us scrambling to make sure we cover as much ground as possible.  From Salzburg HB, we walk south on Rainerstrabe/Mirabellplatz/Dreifaltigkeitsgasse through a small commercial area to Salzach River.  We cross the Salzach River at Staatsbrucke Bridge to visit Alstadt (Old Town).











Dreifaltigkeitskirche, a Catholic church that was completed in 1702.



On Dreifaltigkeitsgasse and Richard-Mayr-Gasse, in front of Star Inn Hotel, is a watery incline to accommodate rain drainage and creative child’s activity.



Linzer Gassee & Platzl, a great people watching spot

We head straightforward to Staatsbrucke.  You can see Salzburg Cathedral in the distance.



Looking east Salzach River on Staatsbrucke.  We head to the right to Alstadt (Old Town).  Linzer Gassee & Platz is on the left.



Residenzplatz with Neugebaude (white building) with Glockenspiel and the marble fountain called Residenzbrunnen.  The Glockenspiel has 35 bells that plays tunes from Mozart’s repertoire three times a day.



Salzburger Residenz and Residenzgalerie

Palace museum with 17th-century works by Rembrandt and Rubens



Salzburg Cathedral






A Busker entertains in Kapitelplatz



Festung Hohensalzburg



The steep descent from Hohensalzburg



Haus St. Benedikt, a guest house

Universitatskirche (white building w/black domes)



The Steeple of Stiftskirche Sankt Peter Salzburg with Festung Hohensalzburg in the background





Budapest, Hungary (2) – A Walk Back to the Station (Day 5)

In the second portion of our walk, we continue north of Buda Castle through the neighbourhood of Vizivaros.   When we reach the Margaret Bridge, we cross over to the Pest district.  We make our way back to the Main Station by zigzagging behind Parliament and the neighbourhoods of Terezvaros and Erzsebetvaros.

We head over to the Margaret Bridge (yellow bridge on the left-bottom corner)



Felsovizivarosi Szent Anna – Catholic Church

18th Centure baroque church



I loved the colourful exterior of this residential apartment



Hungarian Parliament



The Margaret Bridge



Crossing the Margaret Bridge, we see the Hungarian Parliament to the left and Buda Castle in the distant right.



Behind Parliament



In Kossuth Lajoster Square



Guards at the Hungarian Parliament



Kossuth Square



Neprajzi Museum



An interactive fountain on Szabadsag ter



St. Stephen’s Basilica



Great Synagogue

The largest synagogue in Europe



Budapest, Hungary (1) – A Walk to Buda Castle ( Day 5)

In a 2.5 hour train ride from Vienna, we take a day trip to Budapest.   The city is divided by the Danube River with the district of Buda on the left bank and Pest on the right bank.   We venture from the Budapest-Keleti Main Station (on the Pest side) and head west on the commercial street of Rakoczi towards the river.  Once we reach the Danube, we turn right and head north to the 18th century stone bridge Szechenyi Lanchid.  After crossing the bridge, we climb up to Buda Castle.

In 1989, Hungary became an independent democracy.  With only 30 years of this independency, you can see the slow transformation from once forgotten to its’ former beauty.


Along Rakoczi










Reaching the Danube

Once we reached the Danube, we can see the 16th-century Turkish bathhouse “Ruda Baths”.  The Liberty Statue at the top of the hill is a memorial to the war dead.



Buda Castle



Vigado Concert Hall



Matthias Church looms in the the neighbourhood of Vizivaros, where we will venture through on our way back to the Main Station



Reaching Szechenyi Lanchid, the 18th Century Stone Bridge, we find a nice eatery



Crossing the Szechenyi Lanchid, we look back at the path we just walked.  A number of hotels, such as the Sofitel, Intercontinental and Marriot, reside along this route.




From Buda Castle, we look back at Szechenyi Lanchid and the Pest landscape




From the back side of the Castle grounds, we view the Buda residential area



Another view of the west side of Budapest




Wien (Vienna), Austria (4) – Prater (Day 4)

As per usual, if an opportunity arises for us to view some sights from above, we will seek it out.  This was the case when we read about the Giant Ferris Wheel located at the Wurstelprater amusement park.  We planned to make a quick stop  and then head to QuartierMuseum for some evening exploration.  However, what we discovered was not just a Giant Ferris Wheel.  The quick stop took up the whole evening.  We couldn’t get over the cleanliness, quality and colourfulness of the rides & amusement stands.

Visibly deserted at the start of the visit, the park became quickly occupied as the evening turned to dark.











































In the main entrance of Prater, there is a video jumbotron showing a concert that was being held at another venue within the park.  We took a moment to watch and listen to the performance.  What we thought was an incredible impersonation of Jose Feliciano turned out to be the real Jose Feliciano.