(Because sound of music, get it?)
I swear I only broke out in song a couple times. Ok five. Whatever. The most awkward moment being outside the pavilion a middle aged guy asked where I was from and replied he was from Midwest u.s but not traveling he was on a mission. At which point my brain shouted “bolt” and I politely wandered away further into shloss (palace) helbrunn.
In fact it wasn’t a prince who lived in the “palace”. It was a bishop with a very odd sense of humour. he belived in the healing benefits of water and created a sort of water-run theatre/park in the palace gardens. I can imagine it would be both exciting and terrifying to be invited for dinner at the palace. Drinking wine from a giant stone fountain outside sounds lovely…right?
there’s also modern art there. much of it documenting performance art pieces from the 60s. some pretty odd stuff, think of crazy boundary breaking artists. now make them naked, make sure paint is spilled over something add some self mutilation or kill an animal to complete the piece.
What next? climb a mountain. I could not get enough of the beautiful landscape around salzburg. Vienna was all about the city, in salzburg the buildings are more simple but the houses are built against the cliffs straddling the city and everywhere i looked i was greeted by the familiar sight of mountains in the distance. It only took me ten minutes to get to the top of Untersberg so i figured i should hike around up top, look at some flowers. the view was ok. only trouble with hiking it makes apparent the fact that although while backpacking I walk basically all day I seldom actually exercise… So it was a fun but depressing hike.