Backpack Benji

Scenic Salzburg.

With the borders closed to the South, from Budapest I went North to Salzburg, Austria. On the way I passed through some of Austria’s wind farms.

In Salzburg, I checked in to Hotel Turnerwirt and ate a few times at the nearby Restaurant Rangie where I enjoyed some excellent authentic Austrian/Italian cooking. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, Salzburg is the home of Mozart, glockenspiels, marionettes, and some of the cleanest water on earth.


Towering majestically above the city rooftops of Old Town Salzburg is the Festung Hohensalzburg, a giant old medieval fortress with over 900 years of architectural history and mystique. The views were inspiring and memorable.  I could sense the history as I explored the impressive landmark.

I rode thru the Rositten Valley away from the city and hiked my way to the summit of Mount Untersberg after taking a cable-car ride to the mountain station. Although clouds moved in from the East, there was an unlimited vista.  The ice capped Hohen Tauern Mountains loomed in the distance and the beautiful Salzburg Lake District, made famous by the opening minutes of the Sound of Music film, sprawled out below.  It was a beautiful scenic hike.

I left Salzburg and passed through the high alpine country witnessing more of Austria’s breathtaking beauty.

Here is a map of this part of my journey:

To better view this map, click on the “expand” icon in the far lower right corner and the map will open full size in a new window.