A weekend trying to avoid “The Sound Of Music”
After my trip to Norway earlier in the year, I'd got a bit of a taste for European city breaks. There was a Ryanair sale on, and I got flights to Salzburg for 20 pounds, so early one November morning I headed up to Stansted to fly out there.
London had been grey and cold, but in Salzburg the air was fresh and the sun was shining. I'd got up at 4am and so I was pretty tired by the time I got into the city. I checked into a hostel, and sat down in a room by the reception to have a look through my guide book and plan my day. Suddenly, before I knew what was happening, the door had shut, the curtains were closed, a TV was switched on and I was in a screening of The Sound Of Music. I shut my book, jumped up and got out as quickly as I could.
After that lucky escape, I headed out to explore. I went for a walk along the banks of the Salzach River, down which a warm wind was blowing. I got to a bench with a view of the fortress, and dozed in the sunshine for a while.
After sleeping on the bench for a bit, I headed for the fortress. I decided not to pay the actual entry fee - it was too nice a day to be inside and the views of the city and the mountains were really nice, so I sat up on the fortress walls, looking out over Austria.
Although I'd got up at 4am, I met some fun people in the hostel bar and checked out Salzburg's nightlife. In the end I fell into the classic tourist trap of an Irish bar, but it was quite a fun night. After I'd been up for 23 hours I decided to crash. Just four hours later I had to get up to head out for my flight home.