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A Memorable Day in Salzburg, Austria

Although it isn't a very large city, Salzburg has a lot to offer. We went there on a beautiful day in December to check out the Christmas market. I brought my LC-A+ and some black & white film and shot some of my very favorite photos of 2011.

Photo by cornborn

On a beautiful but cold Sunday last December, a few of my friends decided it would be nice to take a day trip to Salzburg, Austria. I was excited to come along and so the five of us crammed into one of my friends’ little car. Fortunately, Salzburg isn’t a very long drive from where we live, so we got there by noon.

Firstly, we wanted to check out the castle. It’s situated on a steep hill above the city and we walked up there. On the way up, we got some very nice views of the city and its beautiful architecture, but also of the magnificent landscape around it. However, once we reached the castle itself, we found out that it was more than 7€ each to visit the castle and its immediate surroundings and there was no students’ discount. What a bummer! We agreed that we didn’t want to spend that much money just for a nice view, especially since we’d already gotten a pretty good view anyway.

We ended up taking a longer walk on the hills that was definitely worth it as we were rewarded with more viewing points. Afterwards, we took our first stroll through the city and had a look at the Christmas market. The city center was packed with tourists like ourselves who’d come down for the day to check out the Christmas market.

We also visited the cathedral, a very nice 17th century baroque cathedral. Outside the cathedral, there was a choir singing Christmas carols, which put everyone in a very festive mood. I pitied the singers a little though, they must have been freezing out in the cold.

The Christmas market itself was worth a visit, but it was very crowded.

Time just flew by and soon it got dark (and even colder, or at least it seemed that way to us). So we decided to squeeze back into the car, turn up the heat and head back home.

written by cornborn

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