fun fact: i’ve been to nonnberg abbey (the nonfictional convent, home to maria and her sisters) and the distance between its location and the untersberg mountain is…..very far. in reality, it would have taken, like, days for maria to run from ‘her mountain’ to the abbey.
i got a couple of new emails last week, asking for salzburg travel tips (seriously, that city should be paying me by now…or at least naming a street after me?!) and i thought of yet another salzburg must-see (in addition to all of these recently listed to-dos).
the untersberg mountain is accessible by bus (bus 25 is the one i’ve always taken, but i’m sure there are others). you can pay a small fee (19 euros, i want to say?) to ride a cable car to the mountain top and back down again. once you reach the mountain’s peak (the height of which is just shy of 7,000 ft), you can drink a beer, eat a schnitzel, or just stand there looking toward the edge, trembling in fear, which is exactly what i did. heights are not my friend.
when my parents and i visited, it looked nothing like maria’s mountain. it was covered in snow and a little bit freezing, but wonderfully majestic nonetheless.
[photos: me, the untersberg in all its glory, my mom, my dad, a woman i do not know on skis]also, can you believe some people bring their own skis and poles and cruise around the mountaintop with them? such an austrian thing. if only i had been born on skis and raised in the alps, too... as for my parents and i, we were content standing around taking photos until it was time to eat again. it was great!