Monday, August 21, 2006

Auntie Lockett: Trip to the Principality of Liechtenstein

On our way back from Salzburg, we drove through Liechtenstein - the third country we'd driven through in one day (the other two being Austria and Germany) - and the last stretch of a very long drive from Salzburg to Zurich. (To follow this adventure properly, read Eagle's Nest first, then Salzburg, then this one - I entered them in backwards due to lack of sleep).

Liechtenstein, the 10th smallest country (62 square miles), has a population of just over 33,000 people. The capital is Vaduz (would be a good scrabble word if it wasn't a proper name). They are known for great skiing and stamps.

As we had been in the car for four hours, we decided not to stop... so these pics were taken from the car.

Auntie Lockett: Trip to Salzburg

Last weekend we decided to take a weekend trip to Salzburg, Austria, with Brian's little sister Lockett. We believed the drive would take us approximately three hours. It took us four and a half hours (note to self: limit road trips to three hours with a 5-month-old).

So a little about Salzburg ... it is the oldest and most important cultural and spiritual centre in present-day Austria. Although it had already been elevated to the rank of archdiocese in 798 and from the late Middle Ages onwards had formed a spiritual principality in the Holy Roman Empire, Salzburg is one of Austria’s youngest Länder. The development of the region and its ultimate separation from Bavaria, its mother country, was agreed in the fourteenth century but it was not until 1816 that Salzburg was incorporated into Austria. Of Austria’s present-day Länder or provinces, Salzburg is the only one to have been ruled as an independent state by a prince-archbishop and it is the only one of the many spiritual principalities of the Holy Roman Empire still to exist as an independent province.*

I was excited to see Salzburg because it is the birthplace of Mozart and the place where much of the Sound of Music was filmed.

The church where the great escape in the Sound of Music was filmed:

The courtyard where they sang "Doe, Re, Me:"

Mozart's birthplace:

Houses built into a rock wall:

Fountain with the fortress on top:

*Information on Salzburg from

Auntie Lockett: Trip to Eagle's Nest

En route to Salzburg, we stopped over at Hitler's Tea House (a.k.a. the Eagles Nest), which was built for Hitler as a 50th birthday present. After a breathtaking drive up 4 mile road, which runs along the edge of the cliff, we walked through a marble-lined tunnel 406 ft long into the heart of the mountain. We then boarded the original brass-lined elevator for a ride up through the heart of the Kehlstein mountain another 406 ft straight into the Eagle's Nest, which is perched high in the Austrian Alps (6017 ft. ).

Waiting for the bus...

On the bus...

View from the bus window:

Tunnel that leads to the elevator:

View from just outside the Eagle's Nest:

The Eagle's Nest:

View from the Eagle's Nest:

Auntie Lockett

Waiting for Auntie Lockett to arrive...