A Mighty Fortress

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Salzburg Fortress Austria

A Mighty Fortress

I successfully navigated the trains and buses to arrive in Old Town Salzburg. The streets were charming, as you’d expect, but the tourist shops didn’t hold much interest for me. Then I happened upon the Saturday Market and the chorus swelled–I love Farmers Markets!

I browsed the meat, cheeses, and breads wishing my sister and brother-in-law were with me to translate. There were pretzels in every flavor imagineable and plump, juicy sausages. I got a pastry filled with ground nuts and cinnamon and a cheesy knudel thing for later. Then I turned my attention to the fortress.

Salzburg fortress austria

The Salzburg Fortress

Good thing I’ve been carb loading because it’s a climb!  I can’t imagine how this fortress was built atop that cliff a millennia ago.  The view is spectacular. And you can see a multitude of church spires decorating the landscape. The Hohensalzburg Fortress was built in 1017 and enlarged in the 1500s. I walked and walked and walked, exploring all the nooks and crannies. I discovered an iron grill covering an opening, beyond which people have thrown coins on a ledge to make wishes. I’m hoping my wish comes true!

Salzburg Fortress Austria

A View From the Top

I headed back to Old Town, meandering towards the train station. There’s still a police presence at the station because of the influx of immigrants. A huge inflatable Red Cross tent has been set up in the parking lot to accommodate them. The Austrians I’ve talked with seem sympathetic to the problem, although the logistics of accommodating them are overwhelming.

Tomorrow I’m having a spa day!  I can’t wait.


Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!

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  • Stephanie Mayes

    It sounds like you’ve earned your spa day. The farmer’s market sounds like a magical way to start a Saturday in Salzburg.

    September 21, 2015 at 2:46 am
  • Ali

    Beautiful view from the top of the fortress! Wowza!

    September 21, 2015 at 3:38 am