Monday, June 23, 2008

Salzburg, Austria

This last weekend Luke and I took a quick trip to Salzburg, Austria. Here are a few pictures from our trip! A little explanation for the last three pictures...biergartens are very common in Germany (and Austria). They are usually an outdoor seating area associated with a restaurant and covered by large trees. You are allowed to bring food in with you from home or another restaurant, you just have to order a beverage. Germans will gather with their family or friends on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon just to hang out, maybe bring cards to play. Luke and I were thinking the Germans that came to America should've brought this tradition with them, but then we remembered how many days a year the weather is nice enough (and not too windy) to really enjoy eating outside. Oh well!
Mirabell CastleThe gardens at Mirabell Castle
The home where Mozart was born
The city of Salzburg (taken while hiking up to the castle in the next picture)
Festung Hohensalzburg (one of the biggest castles in Europe)
Augustiner Biergarten
Enjoying a stein of bier at the Augustiner Biergarten

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