Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lake Mondsee and Salzburg, Austria

Lake Mondsee was our stop for lunch on the way to Salzburg. It is a good sized lake with beautiful views of the Austrian Alps. Lunch was good at a lakeside restaurant called Fisherman's Cafe. We rented an electric boat for 11 euros for 45 minutes, going around half of the lake and saw some interesting people.

The electric boat we had was just like this one. No safety briefing or life vests provided. Just a kid around 10 years old pushing us off in the boat and we paid the rental fees to an older lady (maybe his grandma) at the dock after we're done.
  Off the jumping deck into the water. The beach was packed with beachgoers- swimming, sunbathing, waterskiing, yachting, kayaking, etc. Renting the electric boat got us away from the crowd to better enjoy the lake scenery.
                                                             Lake Mondsee
                                 Fisherman's fish samboltica with tomato risotto- quite good
Local lake bass with noodles. We saw a lot of these fishes swimming around in the crystal clear water of the lake.
                                                            Lake Mondsee
                                                                Lake Mondsee
We had one night in Salzburg. Heavy downpour throughout the afternoon and night really put a damper on our plans to explore the city. Had to cancel most of our sightseeing plans except for Mirabell Gardens. Being fans of The Sound of Music movie, we chose to stay in the suites at the Schloss Leopoldskron as some scenes from the movie were shot here.The suites were comfortable with beautiful views of the lake and mountains. Unfortunately, that's about all that had going for this place. I think it catered more to the seminar attendees at the schloss than paying guests like us. I don't think we would stay here again if we were in Salzburg next time around.
The back of Schloss Leopoldskron from the other side of the lake. We had two separate suites on the second and third floor of the schloss.
Entrance way ceiling

                                                      Garden overlooking the lake
The famous horse gates
Views of Untersberg Mountain out of our suite's window
The high gates to the schloss
Mirabell Gardens. Too bad we didn't get to explore it as it was pouring nonstop the whole time we were in Salzburg.
                                                   Salzburg Fortress from Mirabell Gardens
Salzburg Fortress

Well seasoned and perfectly cooked wiener schnitzel at a local cafe.

                                   Viennese noodles with ham- very good with hints of bacon.
Mixed salad- one of the better salads on our road trip

                                                Old Viennese style chicken noodle soup
              Beef goulash soup with kaiser roll- really warms up the insides on a rainy night.

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