This photo gallery was part of an AmaWaterways river cruise up the Danube passing that passed through Austria. The theme of our cruise was Christmas markets. By the time we landed in Vienna, they were in full throttle and the atmosphere was colorful and festive. Both Vienna and Salzburg are where some of the world’s most beautiful music originated. Although we were only there on day excursions, we passed by the home of Mozart in Salzburg and listened to a concert in Vienna.
The hills are alive, with the sound of music . . .
For more details on our travels along the Danube, click on the links below:
- Hungary Travel Photo Gallery
- Germany Travel Photo Gallery
- The Czech Republic Travel Photo Gallery
- AMAWaterways Travel Photo Gallery
- Christmas Markets
Traveling during the holidays is chilly but beautifully festive. All of the streets were decorated with beautiful lights and colorful trinkets. Vendors in rustic wooden booths or stalls sold decorations, roasted chestnuts, pastries, sweets, gluhwein (mulled wine) and every type of sausage available. It was a food fest and party all day and into the night.
I was stunned by the palatial beauty of this sterling city of music and wish we could have stayed longer to fully explore it. During the holidays, it’s especially beautiful. Vienna has world-class dining, galleries, and concert venues. It also has some of the most amazing Christmas Markets in Europe. We visited the Rathausplatz (City Hall) and the Schonbrunn Palace while we were there. During January and February, you can partake in over 450 balls that take place in imperial palaces and venues. Did you know that the waltz was once considered to be scandalous? Now it’s the very definition of all things Vienna. If you go, you can learn to waltz here.
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Vienna, Austria Travel Photo Gallery
Salzburg, known as “Rome of the North,” is the birthplace of Mozart (As I mentioned before, we passed by his house) and is best known as where “The Sound of Music” was filmed. It’s a stunning little city filled with Baroque architecture, serene lakes, “hills are alive” mountains and with quaint Alpine villages nearby. If you like beer, the village has a 600-year tradition of beer brewing with over 19 craft beer breweries. It’s made with water that comes from the Untersberg Mountains which is said to have healing properties.
Many of the locals enjoy wearing traditional dress like Dirndl skirts and lederhosen. In 2020 the Salzburg Festival will celebrate its 100th anniversary with music, opera, plays, and glamour. It attracts over 250,000 visitors a year.
Salzburg, Austria Travel Photo Gallery
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