We had ambitious plans of making it to the Neischwein castle (the Disney Castle) on our way to Austria. On the map, our drive to Austria looked to be about 4 hours and going to the castle would add about 2 hours. This seemed do-able for the day. Well, a combination of things happened, and we couldn't make it to the castle and make it to Salzburg before dark. Getting the rental car took longer due to traffic in Heidelberg, so we were late picking up my parents. Then, we hit a lot of traffic heading out of Mannheim and just when it looked like the traffic was getting better, we hit a major traffic jam getting onto the next major highway we need to take. We thought we could try to go another route, but never found anything that wouldn't take forever. We ended up stopping for lunch at a rest area and reassessing our plan. We decided we just needed to head back towards the A8 traffic jam because it really was the best way to go. We sat in traffic for probably an hour. Poor Tony's left leg on the clutch the entire time! Then along the A8 there were other areas of construction and what not that slowed us down too. At this point, we were just going with it and stopped a few times to get snacks and take breaks since we had been in the car so long. We read that we had to get some kind of sticker to drive on the "toll roads" in Austria. We were pretty excited that we figured out how to do that!
We got to Salzburg and checked into our apartment about 5 PM. We had been in the car all day, and had not expected that at all. We had picked up my parents about 10 AM. We rented a three bedroom place with a ton of space, washer/dryer, and kitchen. It was really nice and in a perfect location right on the pedestrian streets with lots of restaurants, shops, and a close walk to the sights.
We really just had time that night to get a few things at the grocery store and get some dinner. We ended up eating at an Italian place right across from our front door!
We had two days in Salzburg for sightseeing, Tuesday and Wednesday. We knew that Wednesday was going to be a rainy day, so we wanted to get some sights in before that. We walked to the Old Town area, which was right across the river from where we stayed. It was only a few minute walk. We stopped at a Starbucks across from one of Mozart's residences.
The main shopping street in the Old Town was so neat! Every shop had these really cute signs hanging into the walkway.
Cole really enjoyed all the pigeons everywhere! He would chase them around and send them flying!
After naps, Tony and I took the kids out to see a few more sights before my parents got back from their tour. (They really enjoyed their tour! It was just four hours on and off a bus which we thought would be challenging with Miss Cate.)
After naps, we got a little gelato snack.