The first item on the sightseeing list was the birthplace of Mozart. Nathan loved the part where you get to watch the operas on a TV screen which goes to show this kid inherited NOTHING from me. There was chocolate in the gift shop, which we bought so the tour was a success for every member of the family. (While I kid that all things cultural are over my head, it was interesting to read about the history and visit some of these places).
Dinner (and breakfast) were had at none other than Cafe Mozart, because we're not tourists that do things half way! The dinner was delicious (even Nathan scarfed down his plate) but the piece de resistance (I've lived in France too long) was the dessert. We had a traditional Salzburg-ian Nockle! They were not joking with the dessert! Fresh fruit with a sugared egg while top all baked to perfection and served with whipped cream. I died a little and then went back for seconds!
Having had my fill of culture for the trip, our second day in Salzburg was spent in no other way than recreating the Sound of Music. The entire time I sang and my family hated me for it so then I just sang it quietly in my head..."do a deer a female deer...".
There was more giant chess and I could only wonder why the Austrians are so obsessed with life size chess. We also sat down at a nice cafe while they played an Opera for kids (if that's not irony I don't know what is) on the big screen. It was all in German but Nathan seemed to have had a good time. And no trip to a Germanic country is complete without Shnitzel, pretzels and beer (which my husband demonstrated in just one meal)! Oh, if only I weren't pregnant.
We ended our day in Salzburg by taking the funicular up to the fortress that overlooks Salzburg. The fortress was lackluster to say the least, but the views of the city were breathtaking! There was a restaurant that overlooked the Cathedral and we settled in to have a sunset dinner there. It was truly an unforgettable moment!
Before leaving Austria - we decided to take Nathan to the zoo which was right outside the city. He had never been to a zoo before (shocking I know) so we really wanted him to see the animals. The zoo was small which was perfect for us. We got to get up close and personal (literally) with so many animals. Nathan was not impressed with the petting zoo and really wanted nothing to do with the animals (maybe he inherited a little from me). Maybe we will try again when he is older.