THIS VALUABLE resource bundles together the do-it-yourself destination guides for Salzburg (p. 1-68), the Lake District (p. 69-81), and The Sound of Music (introduction p. 82-85, Walking Tour - University Platz to Mirabell p. 86-92, Driving Tour - Anif to Moon Lake p. 93-99). It is an absolute must-have for fans of the movie classic and anyone headed to this quaint corner of Austria. Moreover, author Brett Harriman has meticulously composed the information within this guide to educate you with local knowledge and history so you can make informed decisions that save time, as well as money, while leading to new adventures and acquaintances along the way.
FOUNDED IN 696 A.D., Salzburg is one of Austria's oldest settlements. It is authentic, wowing and heavenly, accented by a mesmerizing collage of church steeples and a must-visit medieval fortress perched high above the Old Town defining its majestic skyline. When you come here, you'll know why Salzburg is one of Harriman's favorite cities in Europe!
So come along, and travel like a local - your journey begins now!
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FOR SOUND OF MUSIC FANS traveling to Salzburg, Austria, this educational DIY guidebook is a must-have, saving you a bundle over joining a localcommercial tour. Why spend all that money per person when you can do the tour yourself, see more movie sites and at your own pace, with thewhole family or friends.
WITH THIS comprehensive Sound of Musicdo-it-yourself tour you will learn many things, among them the realhistory of the von Trapps: where Georg and Maria really got married; how the family really escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria; where theylanded, and re-landed; how long the von Trapps were detained at EllisIsland, New York; and where they eventually settled. Learn about Mariapenning their fascinating story of survival into book form, how much she sold the rights for, and what happened afterwards.
BUT THAT'Sjust the historical side of things; this DIY tour will lead you to thecharmingly scenic and captivating sites the Hollywood film scoutsdiscovered in 1963 that set the backdrop for director Robert Wise toshoot, arguably, the most popular musical film of all time.
TOURBREAKDOWN: The Sound of Music part of this bundled Salzburg guide is 18pages, has two maps, and is split into three chief sections: (intro) The Basics, SOM 101; Walking Tour; and Driving Tour.
WALKING TOUR:Allow at least 90 minutes to complete the Walking Tour. This sectionleads you past, among many other sites, the university marketplace andFestival Halls, through the cemetery, up to the abbey, across town toexperience the aromatic Mirabell Gardens and waltz up/down the Do-Re-Misteps. For the latter two sites, slip on the 'play clothes' you workedso hard to tailor.
DRIVING TOUR: (Note that people without a carare not completely left out in the cold when it comes to the DrivingTour; it is possible to do more than half of it -- everything except the lake district -- on your own by bicycle. Your route, though, will bedifferent to that of Drivers, which is described in the tour.) Althoughyou could spend most of the day on the Driving Tour, we recommend youallow at least two hours to complete it in the speediest of trips. There are five sites on the Driving Tour; four are in Salzburg and the fifthis in the Salzkammergut, or lake district. The route is fairly simple to navigate and the countryside is delightful to behold, especially in the lake district. Regarding the latter destination, if the weather's nice, bring your bathing suit.
SUGGESTION: See the movie beforeleaving home or setting off on the tour. (Note: In Salzburg we point you to where you can view the movie for free; shown daily.) And watch itagain post-tour, you'll see it with fresh eyes after you learn andexperience first-hand the gripping history and sensational sights thathave helped make this movie an enduring classic. These are the treasured memories of a memorable trip, and they are yours to keep, forever!
Brett Harriman grew up in the seaside town of Dana Point, California, and was fortunate enough to have parents who dragged their kids with them everywhere they went, including on overseas vacations. Thus, the travel bug kicked in early.
Brett's writings are inspired by his love of travel, to which he has driven across America, trekked around Australia, and explored Europe extensively. Brett lived in Australia for a decade and in Europe for five years, where he was an official tour guide for the U.S. Armed Forces in Germany. In that role, Brett led more than 10,000 servicemen and women and their families through many historically rich cities, towns, villages and Alpine hamlets.
Brett continues to spend some three months every year in Europe leading tours and updating his guidebooks (trekking across cities and towns knocking on doors and asking a zillion questions, inspecting hotel rooms and looking under mattresses, double checking prices and opening times and transportation schedules, sampling schnitzel and beer and strudel...).
In 2011, for all his hard work, Brett was selected by the president of Oktoberfest to represent the USA during the world-famous festival in Munich, Germany.
When he is not in Europe sleuthing out the latest travel information or on tour, Brett spends his time in Pahrump (55 miles west of Las Vegas), Nevada, where his parents have retired and he finds serene sanctuary to compile and compose his travel book series, tour packages, and publishing business (BrettHarriman.com).
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