The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Yodelling…

The next morning, after a light breakfast on our sun-soaked balcony, we were off to check out the sights of Salzburg. We walked past a little market that had more tat than you could shake a stick at and on towards Mirabell Gardens. I’m not quite sure what was going on here…

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Butt, butt, butt

but there was an awful lot of cheering and everyone seemed delighted so it was all good. The gardens were absolutely gorgeous – colourful flowers, beautifully manicured lawns, fountains, a palace, and a shady beer garden – what more could you want?

Leaving the cheering butt ladies behind (ahem), we continued to our main goal – Hohensalzburg Fortress. Over 900 years old, it is the largest completely preserved castle in Central Europe. It’s also quite high above the city so thankfully, a funicular goes up there. (Yes, I’m that lazy.)

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There’s no saving your legs once you get to the top though – it’s all up and down stairs and up and downhill, but the views make it worthwhile. (I warn you now, this post is going to be a little photo heavy and may induce some feelings of jealousy.)

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I think you could safely say that Salzburg lucked out on the beauty front.

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We headed back down into the city and amused ourselves over lunch at the burka-clad women going into the Prada store. Seems like a bit of a waste to have a wardrobe packed with designer gear that you have to cover from head to toe… But Prada holds zero interest for me – what I really want is the lady version of this:

Seriously, how hot would I look in one of those?
Seriously, how hot would I look in one of those?

As you’ve probably gathered by now, if there’s a slightly off-the-wall way of seeing a city, you can be pretty sure I’ll find it. And thanks to Manfredas, we had signed up for Fraulein Maria’s Bicycle Tour. This is a 3.5-hour tour that takes you through the city, exploring all of the locations that were used in “The Sound of Music”. Seemingly, over 300,000 people come to Salzburg every year just because of SOM. Madness. But the tour is possibly the most fun you can have with your Lederhosen on.

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Our tour guide, Sharron, was absolutely fantastic. She really brought the film to life and was chock-full of interesting tidbits about the city, the film and the actors – and all of this interspersed with outbursts of yodelling.

Dodgy Mozart, tucked away on the edge of the city where the tourists won't find him
Dodgy Mozart, tucked away on the edge of the city where the tourists won’t find him

As we rode through a park, she switched on the movie soundtrack and we all looked like (happy) nutters belting out “The Hills are Alive…” as bemused passers-by looked on. Even if you know absolutely nothing about the film, I would still recommend this tour. It’s a fabulously fun way of seeing the city and the stories from behind the scenes of the movie are hysterical. Here’s your chance to test your SOM nerd abilities and see if you can identify any of the locations:

After loading up on Schnitzel, it was back to our favourite dive bar where, once again, the sex gag machine didn’t disappoint.

I don't even...
I don’t even…

Even though the place was empty, we merrily chatted away with our toothless Indian friend until closing time. He seemed to enjoy the conversation as he gave us a bottle of wine at the end of the night. Then again, we probably helped put one of his kids through university…

The next morning, it was sadly time to leave Salzburg but, have no fear, there was plenty of pretty awaiting us on the road to our next destination.

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Fernsee

We pulled over in the stupidly scenic town of Ellmau, located at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser mountain range. Not surprisingly, this backdrop has made it the most popular filming location in the Tyrol region.

They also do a mean Apfel Strudel.

YUM :)
YUM 🙂

Back on the road, we stopped at Fernsteinsee, one of the most popular diving spots in Austria. To say it’s beautiful is a bit of an understatement.

This part of the world is, quite frankly, ridiculous on the stunning scale. I’d hardly had time to recover from this epic loveliness when I was hit with a view of Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany. We even managed to have the dumb luck to get there just in time to see a rainbow over it.

The redneck cast of Deliverance was hanging out in the parking lot staring at my legs so, after photographing the mountain a silly number of times, we were off to our final destination for the night – Heiterwang.

Heiterwang is barely a blip on the map, with a population of just 524 people. It’s surrounded on all sides by the Alps and is amazingly peaceful. The only sounds we heard were the ringing of sheep bells and the mooing of the cows – and me mooing back at them.

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The receptionist recommended a place to eat, where there was a good chance that we would also hear live music.

Me: Will there be yodelling? 

The answer was yes and the decision was made. We walked through the fields to Sunnawirt, where the owner, Paul, was delighting guests with his yodelling skills. YESSSSS.

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I joined in, a kid at another table thought he was yodelling by just yelling “YODEL, YODEL, YODEL”, and the scene was set for the perfect evening. The food was absolutely amazing and the atmosphere was lively. After a couple of glasses of wine, this seemed like an important thing to do:

Very mature
Very mature

Paul whipped out his pan pipes and we listened to the sound echoing back from the mountains. We finished the night, chatting to him, his wife Elizabeth, and a lovely couple from Swabia. And I yodelled a bit more, much to everyone’s dismay.

And now I’m off to write to the Austrian Tourist Board to see if I can get a job there…

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44 thoughts on “The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Yodelling…”

  1. The Plansee!!! 😀 My favourite-ist Ausflugsort! Although I don’t tell too many people about it cos I want to keep it secret😉 We are so lucky that we can do day trips from here; it’s amazing in winter. (P.S. I love Salzburg too.)

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    1. Oh, you lucky thing! Although I don’t think I’d ever get anything done if I lived that close to it – I’d just be gawping at the lake non-stop haha! Would love to go back again 🙂

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    1. Ha ha! Agreed! The city is so beautiful and the backdrop makes it even more so! Funnily enough, hardly anyone in Austria or Germany has heard of the Sound of Music! It’s called My Songs, My Dreams in German which is a bit shit as well 😉

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  2. Firstly, I think I spotted my bum amongst those butts in the first photo (as if there were any other photo of butts in this post). Lastly, that’s because I do enjoy my share of “Apfel Strudel” 😉 And I am so jealous … what gorgeous views! I am grateful that you share. And those sex gag machines, oh, Linda, Linda … it’s like they see you coming and say, “stock up the sex gag machine and oil the turn knob! Linda’s almost here!”

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    1. Ha ha ha! Oh my god, that made me snort laugh when I first read it! It does seem like I have a knack for coming across these weird thing – maybe it is all a massive set-up! 🙂
      And I’m sure you have a lovely bum 🙂

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  3. am I the only person who wants to know about the bare-naked butt ladies? I worry about myself sometimes, honestly I do….thanks for the follow and for making me laugh as you took me on a tour of all the delights for all the senses that you discovered on your tour – no sense left unsatisfied…

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    1. You’re more than welcome! And thank you for the follow and for your lovely comment! If I had to guess, I’d say the shoot was probably anti-body shaming or something like that. Showing real women and their curves and not stick insects – but that’s just a guess!

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      1. could be and good for them in that case! I searched events in the park but came up with nothing, but you are right, looks a bit like the dove real beauty campaign, I guess they do photoshop them afterwards though then. Have a good week Poli

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    1. Ha! It’s also pretty easily avoided! Just don’t do an SOM bike tour! Salzburg is absolutely beautiful – you would love it! Seemingly it rains there A LOT though – we were so lucky with the weather! The tour guide was saying that sometimes she has to try to convince people that there are mountains there because they can’t see them through the rain and fog haha!

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  4. Did you have the opportunity to eat Salzburger Nockerln?
    Two years ago, we ate this delectability in the Goldener Hirsch near the opera house. Along with two Großer Brauner (water included) and tip we paid €55!
    But we were served by three waiters an our dog got water in a golden shining bowl. 🙂

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