THURSDAY, 22nd June
HOP ON HOP OFF BUS – We made our way to the Hauptbahnhof and purchased tickets for this tour. This enabled us to travel free for the day on all other Salzburg transport. This suited us well as the starting point for the Bus was at the MIRABELL Gardens. We were on the 09:40 bus and decided that ST. GILGEN would be our first stop. When leaving the bus we knew that there would be another to take us on our way in 90 minutes. A stroll through the elegant village on the shore of Lake Wolfgangsee revealed beautifully decorated houses with lovely window boxes and well cared for beds of flowers in the public areas. St. GILGEN International School is one of the truly outstanding centres of learning in Europe.
It was in this village that on 25th December 1720, Mozart’s mother was born. Anna Maria Pertl was born in St. GILGEN and died on 3rd July, 1778. She married Leopold Mozart in Salzburg in 1747. The two were regarded as the handsomest couple in Salzburg.
MONDSEE – The history of Mondseeland stretches back 6,000 years. Ruins of settlements were found underwater near the banks of the Lakes. The water in Lakes MONDSEE and Irrsee are the warmest in the region with temperatures up to 27 degrees C (80 degrees F)
The Basilica of St. Michael is Mondsee’s defining landmark and has a fascinating and eventful history. It was built in 12th century and is one of the largest Gothic churches in Austria. The beautiful baroque interior was created in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The former Benedictine Abbey Church was the setting for the wedding scene in the Movie, Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Visitors still come from far and wide to admire the impressive basilica.