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Guest Wanderers Head to Salzburg – Part II of II

Posted by gingerbreadpirate on May 22, 2010

A Day in the Life, Part II

Hi there, me again – back for Part II of my day in the life post about our trip to Salzburg, Austria. If you missed Part I, you can read it here.

If you’ll recall, I left off at the bus stop, having just returned from The Sound of Music Tour. We were feeling particularly adventurous today, so we decided to do ANOTHER tour with the same tour company. This time we did the ‘Mountains and Salt Mines’ tour with Panorama Tours.

2:00 – We hop on the bus for tour #2. I’m still not sure if 2 tours in one day is a little crazy, but we’ve already explored the city on foot the day before, and we’ll have tomorrow morning to do more of the same, so we might as well, right? We asked the dude at the tour company kiosk for another tour that wouldn’t have any overlap from the Sound of Music tour, and that’s how we ended up on this one.

We start out by climbing into the mountains past some beautiful countryside. We’re actually in Germany at this point.

Mountain Pic

We go past Obersalzburg which is right around where Hitler’s retreat (Eagle’s Nest) is located. We went by several WWII landmarks and our guide filled us in with all of the historic details.

3:30 – We hit the Halleinsalt mines.  This was pretty cool – it was a working salt mine that also had a few levels open to tourists. So we put on our fancy mining gear and jumped onto a train that took us down into the mines

mining suit

The tour lasted about an hour. It was pretty interesting. We learned about how salt is mined (not as boring as you may think).


We also got to slide down this massive wooden slide that they have down in the mines. I’m wondering if the miners are really working down there, or if they just screw around on the slide when the tourists aren’t there. Maybe they have other fun stuff like monkey bars down there. Probably not. As we learned on the tour, mining is really hard and dangerous work.

There was also a lake down in the mine, and we took a boat across.

4:30 – All of this mining worked up an appetite, so the tour group hit a café across the street for a snack.

kate soup pic

So we’re not used to this food/travel blogging thing, and we kept forgetting to take pictures before eating. Kate had a bowl of tomato soup, while I decided to drink my snack.

5:00 – We left the little mining town on our tour bus, and headed back to Salzburg.

6:00 – Naptime for Kate. Here was our second spouse time out of the day. Kate took a nap for about an hour, and I went back down to the hotel lobby and checked email and got caught up on work.

7:00 – Naptime and work time are both over, so now it’s dinner time.

augustine outside

We decided to go to the local beer hall [insert link]

At first we were worried about smoke, but the good news is that they have a non-smoking room, as well as a couple of smoking rooms, so we were able to save our lungs.


The beer drinking process is a little difficult to follow. You start by picking out your own stein – either .5L or 1 liter. I went with the one liter option, because I have little to no self control. Kate went with a Fanta. Prices were not too bad – about 5 euro for a liter of beer. Seems reasonable to me. No idea what kind of beer it was, but it was good.

8:00 – Time to get some healthy food to go with our beer and Fanta. Kate went with a plate of fries. I went with something that looked like a hot dog. If you haven’t been to Austria or Germany, their Wiener stands are pretty hilarious. They’ll have eight color photos of different food options, which all look like the same damn hot dog to tourists. I chose #6.




9:00 – Keeping with my theme of no self control, it was time for round 2. Another liter of the good stuff for me, and another Fanta for the lady.

Editors Note: Kate would typically be keeping up with me in the beer department, but she’s a baby-mama-to be, so no beer for her for the next six months or so.  (HungryWanderers’ note:  Congratulations!!!)

schnitzel and roll

9:15 – The hunger comes back, so we go with some schnitzel and a pretzel roll.

9:30 – We meet up with another American couple who we met on The Sound of Music Tour. We finished our drinks making idle chit chat. Again, I was a couple of liters in, so I doubt the conversation was too deep.

10:00 – We walk back to the hotel and call it a night. All in all, a pretty good day.

We had a great time in Salzburg, and recommend it to anyone looking for a quaint town with lots of history and great scenery. Thanks to the Hungry Wanderers for letting us post about our trip – happy wandering!


One Response to “Guest Wanderers Head to Salzburg – Part II of II”

  1. Al said

    I love it. Though, that wiener looks a little pale to me.

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