Different kind of beautiful Chapter 12: Crossing bridges in Salzburg
Travelogue: 10th June 2015
I am feeling a little sad leaving Vienna today. Our time here has been filled with so many memorable adventures and my heart felt reluctant to leave a place that feels so comfortable and familiar.
Saying goodbye to the two turtles in the lobby of Marriot. Yeah, I have a soft spot for turtles. Lol.
Our train was leaving in the morning. We grabbed a quick breakfast at Nordsee. If you are looking for halal food in Austria, go to Nordsee. It is not really halal certified but they only serve fish and seafood.
We ate a couple of times in Nordsee and loved it!
We arrived at the train station early, because paranoid. It is better to be early than late. After our experience in missing our flight from Seoul to Singapore two years ago, I have always been a little paranoid with flights and trains. Can you blame me? Lol.
Actually, travelling by train is the best way to travel around Europe. I look forward to the train rides mainly because we are exposed to so many lovely and natural views. The views on the outskirts of the cities are the best.
As soon as we arrived in Salzburg, we hopped onto a maxi cab (that could fit all of us and our luggage!) and headed to our hotel. Salzburg literally means ‘Salt Fortress’ and is the fourth largest city in Austria.
Can I just say that I love how beautiful our hotel was? I will write all about it in a separate entry. Our room was not ready yet so we rested for a while in AK, May and Bon’s room. We were starving so we headed out to lunch and guess where did we decided to go to? Nordsee!!
After lunch we decided to explore a little so we walked to the bridge. Austria’s most modern pedestrian bridge, the Makartsteg was full of excited tourists.
A little bit of history about the bridge. This bridge over the Salzach River is the most modern bridge in the city center, with 20,000 pedestrians crossing it everyday.
The fence of the bridge is covered in a sea of locks, brought there by lovers from all around the world, which are meant to declare their eternal love.
I am sorry but I saw this same ‘tradition’ in Paris and Seoul too. If you feel like you need to ‘lock’ your love locks onto these fences then I think you may need to rethink your relationship. True love is a state of feeling and faith, it needs no evidences. It is all marketing guys.
Anyway, I think what would be more beneficial is to get yourself some ice cream and savour it slowly as you enjoy the view of the river. This ice cream stall was conveniently located by the river so you can just go get your ice cream here!
Nom nom nom. Eating ice cream with my friends and dangling my legs on the ledge, it is one of the best feelings in the world.
After feeling satisfied eating our ice creams, we made our way to Mirabell Palace. We had no intentions to go inside the palace, we only wanted to take a stroll in the garden.
It looks pretty similar to the Belvedere Gardens but each palace and garden has their own unique story.
Hmm……so if I place myself in these beautiful scenery, will I look like a princess?
I guess not. Oh well, a girl can always dream.
There were workers hard at work trying to plant all the flowers into the ground. It must take a lot of workers to maintain keeping this place clean and beautiful. We spotted a whole lot of flowers waiting to be planted.
The garden was really beautiful. There were flowers everywhere and we were excited, you know, being the nature deprived city girls that we are.
Flowers everywhere! I should have worn a long dress or something so I can pose for photos here but I think my travel mates will throw me into the river if I do that.
It was pretty crowded and I was lucky enough to capture a photo of the tunnel when no one was taking photos inside it.
Mirabell Palace is a historical building in the city of Salzburg, Austria. The palace with its gardens is a listed cultural heritage monument and part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a must visit if you are in Salzburg.
When you are there, make you take lots of photos like this. Because smiling at the camera is too mainstream. #yolo