Hohenschwangau, Germany

July 4, 2013.   It is already Thursday.  Time flies.  I seem to have lost 4 days!  Our last blog was on Sunday June 30th.  In our first blog on Sunday, we were finishing our champagne brunch.  In our second blog on Sunday, we were trying to make sense out of the premature death of my best friend Jim Poshard      My world kind of came to a screeching stop after I received Mark Cornelius’s call advising of Jim’s death.  God has an amazing way of making us feel humble and reminding us of what is important in life.  Jim was laid to rest yesterday.  I had many emails and calls from family and friends with words of comfort.  I do really appreciate all of you that took time to email or text me.  I was comforted by your thoughtfulness.  But, as many reminded me, life goes on and Jim would have wanted me to continue my travels.  So, after 4 days, we have moved on.  We are not who we were before Jim’s death,  because we now know we are not ageless and will all face our own mortality in our own way at our own time.

   From St. Wolfgang, Rita drove us on Monday July 1st  to Mondsee Austria to see St. Michael’s church where Julie Andrew’s got married to Christopher Plummer in the Sound of Music.  It was a beautiful church and we will post some photos for you to see. From Mondsee, we drove to  Salzburg Austria where we stayed at the Arts Hotel Blue Goose on Getreidegasse which is the main pedestrian only shopping street in Salzburg.  It was a great location and the room was very modern and clean. In Salzburg, we did a walking tour of the “old” city.  We saw Mirabell Gardens where Julie Andrews sang “Doe a Deer”, the Castle/Fortress that is over 1000 years old, Mozart’s house where he was born, and ate dinner in the oldest restaurant in Europe which has been in continuous operation since 962.  The next day we did a Sound of Music Tour of the City and saw places such as the horse bath where Julie Andrew sang “My Favorite Things”, the Residenz Square and Fountain where Julie Andrews sang “I Have Confidence in Me”, St. Peter’s Cemetery where the Von Trapp family hid when they were being pursued by the Nazis, the Pavilion where “I am Sixteen Going on Seventeen” was performed, three homes used in the Sound Of Music as sets for the Von Trapp’s home. and the Nonnberg Abbey where Julie Andrews was initially residing before becoming a governess for the Von Trapp children.  It was kind of like a scavenger hunt going to all of these places!!  On Wednesday, we toured the Castle/fortress, and various churches in and around the old city.  All in all we were very busy, saw a lot and learned a lot about Salzburg.  

Today we left Salzburg and drove to Mehlweg and found the pasture used in the opening scene of the Sound of Music.  Incredible views of mountains, valleys and pine forests.  After Mehlweg, we made our way to Berchesgarden, where Hitler spent some of his time with Eva Braun.  It is a small village with quaint shops that have German scenes painted on the front of them.  About 5 minutes from Berchesgarden, is Konigssee where we took a two hour boat trip to see St. Bartholoma church which was originally built in 1134.  We will post photos for you to see.  From Konigssee, we drove to Hohenschwangau Germany.  The drive took us by the Zugspitze mountain which is the highest peak in Germany at 2962 meters.  It was snow capped and spectacular.  We are in Hohenschwangau to see two castles one of which Walt Disney used for his design for the castle in Disney Land and Disney World.  

Well, it is past midnight and I started before 6 AM today.  So, I will end this post here and post photos tomorrow when I am rested. Happy 4th of July to you all.  We love you and miss you.  –Norm & Rita

 

Hohweg Castle this is right in town and you can walk to this one easily.

Hohweg Castle this is right in town and you can walk to this one easily.

Once we got inside, this is the last picture we could take, No pictures of inside allowed.

Once we got inside, this is the last picture we could take, No pictures of inside allowed.

View of Castle from Maria's Bridge (built in 1881). Bridge has open rails that your kids could easily slip through. Norm took this obviously!

View of Castle from Maria’s Bridge (built in 1881). Bridge has open rails that your kids could easily slip through. Norm took this obviously!

Front view of castle

Front view of castle

View from our front patio of hotel room. We'll post pictures of this DISNEY castle soon!

View from our front patio of hotel room. We’ll post pictures of this DISNEY castle soon!

View from the back patio of our room. We'll post more pictures of Hohenschwangau and the DISNEY castles soon

View from the back patio of our room. We’ll post more pictures of Hohenschwangau and the DISNEY castles soon

Konigssee St. Bartoloma

Back of St. Bartholoma on Konigssee

Back of St. Bartholoma on Konigssee

Zugspitz Mountain, Can you see the rainbow on the left side of pic?

This is the church they used for the wedding. Great stairs.

This is the original church where the REAL MAREA was married.

It is sooo beautiful... It has a lot of pink in it.

It is sooo beautiful… It has a lot of pink in it.

Actual church where the REAL MARIA was married.

This is the church in Mondsee they used for the wedding in the movie.

Great stairs that resemble the original ones quite well.

The front facade of the church in Mondsee used for the wedding

The front facade of the church in Mondsee used for the wedding

The Nonnberg Abbey.. Where Maria came from.

The Nonnberg Abbey.. Where Maria came from.  “How do you solve a problem like Maria…”

The door to the Abbey that the soldiers came looking for the Von Trapp's.

The door to the Abbey that the soldiers came looking for the Von Trapp’s.

This is where the nuns hid them...

This is where the nuns hid them…

This is St. Peter's cemetery too, where they hid.

This is St. Peter’s cemetery too, where they hid.

Does this look familiar? Well, if it was nighttime, you might find the Von Trapp family pushing their car out of here.

Road look familiar too?

Road look familiar too?

The Pavilion where "I am sixteen going on seventeen" ..... you get it?

The Pavilion where “I am sixteen going on seventeen” ….. you get it?

This was used as the front of their home

This was used as the front of their home when there WASN’T a lake scene.

This was used for their home WITH a lake scene, (like when they all stood up in the canoe and fell into the lake) and also when they had back yard scenes.

This was used for their home WITH a lake scene, (like when they all stood up in the canoe and fell into the lake) and also when they had back yard scenes.

The children and Maria finished the song here as the children ran their hand across this statue.

The children and Maria finished the song here as the children ran their hand across this statue.

They sang the Do Re Me song on these steps.

The children and Maria sang the Do Re Mi song while dancing on these steps.

and along the horse baths....

and along the horse baths….

Yeah, Rita's not much for dancing in the rain... but Maria did a great job here!

Yeah, Rita’s not much for dancing in the rain… but Maria did a great job here!

Maria walked in front of this (also this had the Nazi sign hanging from it) and the fountain in front, (next pic) and also the fence line (second pic)

Maria walked in front of this (also this had the Nazi sign hanging from it) and the fountain in front, (next pic) and also the fence line (second pic) while she sang “I’ve got confidence” on her way to the Baron’s house.

Fountain

Fountain

Beautiful, but we can't describe how steep this actually was.

Beautiful, but we can’t describe how steep this actually was.

The hills are alive with the sound of music!!

The hills are alive with the sound of music!!

We had to climb over this to find the actual hill, after driving up a mountain in Mehlweg

We had to climb over this to find the actual hill, after driving up a mountain in Mehlweg

Again, loving these crazy signs.. to us they are cute.. I'm sure they all mean well. Kathryn, this ones for you !!

Again, loving these crazy signs.. to us they are cute.. I’m sure they all mean well. Kathryn, this ones for you !!

View from our walk down from the fortress.

View from our walk down from the fortress. We took a lift to get up and walked down.

We walked up to this which was pretty hard to do for us old folks, as it was very steep and once you were inside, you had to keep walking up. cool place, though. We met a couple from Carmel that live less than a mile from Rita. Jim and Deb Moore, Jim had on an IU shirt so Norm asked him if he was from Indiana..

We walked up to this castle/ fort  which was pretty hard to do for us old folks, as it was very steep and once you were inside, you had to keep walking up. cool place, though. We met a couple from Carmel that live less than a mile from Rita. Jim and Deb Moore, Jim had on an IU shirt so Norm asked him if he was from Indiana..

Great landscape from above.

Great landscape from above.

Just a pickle of a day…

A row of pickles at the University..

Can you say Bacon???

Accordion Music everywhere…I mean everywhere…

Walk out the front door of our hotel and this is the view.

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Mozart’s home

Our hotel restaurant, curved ceilings dating back 660 years old

Our hotel restaurant, curved ceilings are really cool.  This hotel dates back 660 years old.

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On our walk down from the Fortress

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Unbelievable that this is still standing and in great shape

Another dining room of oldest restaurant in Salzburg

Another dining room of oldest restaurant in Salzburg

Oldest Restaurant in Salzburg

Oldest Restaurant in Salzburg

Yep, we ate in the oldest place!! Had a great meal.

Yep, we ate in the oldest place!! Had a great meal.

One thought on “Hohenschwangau, Germany

  1. FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! Sounds like a great little road trip. How’s Ritas’ driving???? Carry on…. Love hearing about your adventures. Norm, you have a way of writing that makes one feel like they are there. Now for the pictures so there will be that great visual too.

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