Monday, March 21, 2011

Salzburg, Austria - May 31st, 2010

The camp site entrance, not particularly welcoming
 but then it was early in the seas
Our well appointed mud patch
There is a lot of juice (we believe) in Salzburg and it was our intention to do a walkabout there on our way south. We overnighted in an ill-prepared campsite and set off to see the city first thing in the morning. Unfortunately, what with extensive roadworks and unbelievable traffic density, after an hour of stop-go motion with never a parking space to be seen we cried Uncle andleft.
 Salzburg - Salt Castle - is the fourth-largest city in Austria and has a population of about 145,000. The Altstadt - old town - is regarded as one of the best preserved examples north of the Alps and made the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. The capital city of the State of Salzburg, it is host to three universities resulting in a large student population adding an upbeat energy to the area.
We declined the opportunity to take on fresh water
since the potable water hose was artistically
draped around the black waste bowl
The name "Salt Castle" derives from barges carrying salt on the Salzach River which, in the 8th century, were subject to a toll customary for many communities and cities on European rivers.
Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and, in the mid-20th century, was the setting for parts of the film The Sound of Music. Traces of human settlements in the area dating to the Neolithic Age have been discovered while the first settlements at Salzburg were probably Celtic in the 5th century BCE.

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