Crossing country lines on a layover: Adventures in Austria ft. Jen!
Updated: Oct 2, 2019
I was lucky enough to snag a Munich trip this month! And of course, I brought Jen.
We flew in to Germany and landed in the morning around 8:00 a.m. After checking into the hotel, we slept for about two hours before we met another crew mate, Laura, in the lobby and began our day.
We took an Uber from the hotel to München Hofbanhof, the train station, and started the process of figuring out where and when our train would leave.
Where exactly were we going? Where the hills are alive- Salzburg, Austria! That’s right- we crossed country lines on a layover! #hardcore
This is the second time Jen and I have traveled to and from Germany via the German rail system and everyone says it’s so easy, but we somehow always have a hard time figuring it out. Once we purchased our tickets, we booked it as fast as we could to platform 11 for the 1:05 p.m. train to Salzburg.
Platform 11 turned out to be train-less and it was 1:00 p.m. I left Laura and Jen on train watch and ran all the way back to the main terminal board to double check, but this time Salzburg wasn’t even listed on the board! After taking what seemed like forever to locate a train station employee for information, I asked “Salzburg?” while flashing my ticket to the guy. He responded “einz einz!” meaning “one one” to signify “eleven” to this non-German speaker. Back to platform 11 I went!
Jen and Laura were still there but by that time, a train had appeared. We boarded, found a comfortable spot, and waited. The train wouldn’t leave until 2:06 p.m.
Jen and Laura ended up befriending two women travelers who sat on Laura’s side and they chatted the whole way to Salzburg! I, on the other hand, passed out asleep almost immediately and remained that way the entirety of the two hour trip. They say the scenery is beautiful.
Upon arriving into Salzburg, we set off toward Mirabell Gardens, one of the many places in Salzburg where The Sound of Music was filmed! We actually took a wrong turn and bypassed the gardens, ending up at the plaza next to Mozart’s house! That’s when a downpour and sky-shattering thunder started. Thankfully the downpour only lasted for about 20 minutes.
There was more semi-aimless wandering thanks to Google Maps after visiting the Mozart plaza and buying street pretzels.
Next stop was the Mirabell Gardens, for real this time! The Von Trapp family runs through these gardens and sings “Do Re Mi” on the steps here in the movie.
Next up: Saint Peter’s Cemetery and Catacombs! Remember the famous stressful scene where the Von Trapps are hiding behind big gravestones behind locked bars while the Nazi, thankfully unable to unlock the gates, shines his flashlight in an attempt to find them? This scene was inspired by the catacombs here.
The Benedictine Monastery where Maria Von Trapp was a novice in real life before she married Baron Von Trapp is Convent Nonnberg, seated atop the hill here in Salzburg. This view here is ~heavenly.~
Listen to the church bells play at St. Peter's!
On our trek back to the train station, we stopped at the store Christmas in Salzburg, which features thousands of fragile painted egg ornaments. Oh, they are SO beautiful! I collect Christmas ornaments as souvenirs so you know I spent a few Euro here. ;)
Christmas in Salzburg shop
As daylight was running out, we got to the train station and bought tickets for the 8:00 p.m. train back to München Hbf. We got back to Munich at 10pm, took an Uber back to the hotel and went to BED.
Naturally, Jen and I couldn’t sleep so we laid in bed and planned our next adventure.
Then the next morning we flew back to Dulles- and we can't wait to do it all again!