Monday, September 27, 2010
My world - Salzach river in Salzburg
The Salzach river is one of the most pristine rivers I've seen. It was the kind of idyllic scene I read about and see in tourist brochures. Peering down at the river, I was immediately struck by the crystal clear water and I was filled with a soothing sense of tranquility. It's easy to see why this is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Salzburg. In case you're wondering, the source of the water comes from the Austrian Alps, which makes the river ecosystem extremely pure and pristine.
According to my guide book, the Salzach is a river in Austria and Germany. It is the main river of the Austrian state of Salzburg. The name Salzburg means “Salt Castle”, it got its name from the various barges that carried salt on the Salzach river back in the 8th century.
There are a number of attractions of both sides of the river and we spent a few hours wandering up and down the riverbank. The surroundings are absolutely charming and intriguing with plenty of photo ops. Salzburg’s Altstadt (old town), on the south bank of the river, is a Baroque fiesta of cathedrals, plazas, courtyards and fountains.
The 'new town' on the other side of the river has Mirabell Gardens, Mozart House, and plenty of streets with great eateries and interesting shopping malls.