September 22, 2021

Salzburg and SOM booyaoww!


Spaulding here and still sleepy since I only got 5 hours of sleep after that crazy Schuetzenfest in Biberach…Germans are crazy!  Let’s go hang out with the Austrians… and so we did!

IMG_0849After ridiculous seat finding and train changing from Biberach, we finally made it to Salzburg around 6pmish Sunday night.  Our hotel was on the outskirts of town (but only a 15 minute walk to Old Town) and was seriously the cutest and nicest place I’ve ever stayed in.  It had the feel of a  B&B, but the space of a hotel… It was so cool.

We walked around Old Town that night and it was purely magical… all the lights were on and the town was just a night stroller’s dream.  No one was around and we had the streets to ourselves.  We tried to capture the feeling, but pictures can only do so much.


The next morning we got up early so we could enjoy breakfast and then head out to the Sound of Music tour we had booked the day before.  OMG!  Did we enjoy the breakfast!!!  Anything and everything you’d want to munch on was available… We have found that the  typical German and Austrian breakfast consists of bread, cheese, meat, soft boiled eggs and perhaps some museli (and of course coffee and/or tea).  This breakfast had that and more!  Homemade fresh breads and pastries (STRUDEL!!!), spreads, stinky cheese (but yummy cheese), veggies, fresh fruit, cereal, juices and much much more.  It was AMAZING (as if you couldn’t tell from the paragraph and a half description:)!  We could have eaten there all day!


After breakfast, we got picked up by our tour guide, Peter, for the Sound of Music tour.  There were 6 of us in a mini van (4 of us from the USA and 2 from Japan).  This tour was really great because not only did we get to see places from where they filmed scenes for the SOM (that’s right, I’m abbreviating it), but we also got to see the country side, which was absolutely breathtaking, and something we might not have seen if we had stayed in town.


We also got do some fun things like riding a luge!!  There were no real directions on how to do it, they basically just threw us on a cart and we got dragged up to the top of the hill.  I wasn’t even sure how to stop and go until I was literally going down hill!

Marty had fun filming his trip down:

For the SOM fans, we got to see the gazebo where the song “16 Going on 17” was filmed, the gates and drive where Maria sings “I’ve Got Confidence in Me” and where they escape from the Nazis, the outside of the house where the kids and Maria fall into the lake, the lane where all the kids hung out of the trees, the fountain and stairs for “Do Ray Me” and the church where they got married.  And all along the way we got stories from our guide about the differences between the real story and the Hollywood version.




After the tour, we did some more walking around town and then ate some dinner and called it a night.  It was a really fantastic day of touring around Salzburg and its outer areas!

Peace out!

Ann (AKA Spaulding)



  1. Beautiful photos…of the buffet breakfast

  2. M Messier says:


    So where is the picture of you guys hanging from the trees wearing clothes made out of curtains? 🙂

    You guys totally look like Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer….

  3. da mama says:

    The coincidences are getting kind of freaky. I turned on tv today and without changing the channel, what did I see? A tour of Salzburg including the SOM tour!

  4. Cute gazebo pic! And I giggled as I listened to Marty giggle as he went down the luge. Whooosh!

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