📸 — Salzburg, The Alps, Zell Am See & Hallstatt, Austria
After Vienna, we planned a road trip through the alps and stopped over a few nights in various villages/towns along the way.
We started in Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. It totally cracked us up that Mozart died before he was famous.. and yet every single store, building or bridge had been labeled after him or has a story about him.
Mozart lived in many different buildings, so there are many buildings you can go and visit that have been turned into museums. When Mozart was alive, it was a custom to burry the bodies of 7–9 people in the same grave when they passed to save on real estate… and since he died before he was famous… no one knows where he was buried… but you can go to the grave yard and see one of the many spots he could have been buried in. Among other quirky details :)
After Salzburg, we drove to Grockglossner Alpine Road and then on to Hallstatt (oh.. and forgot to mention we accidentally missed a turn and ended up in Germany for a few minutes… Europe is awesome) !!
Next, we’re headed to Slovakia to visit a friend and continue the european adventures!
It’s hard to grasp this view. Its a 360 view of bright green grass, beautiful buildings, on top of the tallest tower of a fortress surrounded by the Alps.
After walking around all day, we stopped at a monestary where it was traditional run by the monks, and you could buy a cheap wurst and litre beer.
We learned that a litre of beer is enough to have more than enough fun. 🍻
Now the road trip begins! And we were following the clouds the whole time.
The first snow we have seen / touched in almost a year! #4seasonsofsummer
The Grockglossner Alpine Road — you will see hikers, pedal and motor bikers, and most crazy sport car / vintage car rally’s all racing up the windy path to the top!
We stayed the night in Zell Am See, a small village in Austria. That night we walked around, and we notice something different: 90 % of people around us seem to come from the middle east and we were curious what brought them to this super small town in the middle of no where.
Well, turns out that in the Quran, heaven is described as a lake surrounded by mountains with snow peaks — exactly Zell Am See, in the background.
10 years ago, the city started promoting itself to the middle east — which attracts more than 70,000 visitors from gulf countries a year. Smart marketing!
Next day, back on the road heading to Hallstatt… then the crazy intense rain came. We were trying to get to Hallstatt for a morning hike and beat all the tour buses, but the weather wasn’t on our side.
Fun fact about Hallstatt, it is very popular with Chinese tourists. So much so, that in China, they build a life scale replica for those who can’t travel to Austria, or just want a quick visit to their favorite place.