We spent Friday driving around looking at castles. There are a ton of them around Salzburg. The first one we went to was Hohenwerfen, which was actually closed on the inside, so we just took some pics of the castle from various random roads Chris chose to drive on to find a good view... and then we hiked up to the bottom part of the castle. We did go inside the main gate, which was left open by the caretaker had left open, but since we weren't sure we were really allowed to be there, we just snapped a couple pics and left.
The best part is that the caretaker actually lives there and gets to drive up the hill, park his car inside the castle, and lives in one of the old fortress sections of the castle with his dog. How would that be? "Oh, I would love to have you over for dinner, just drive up to my castle around six."
While driving we went through this crazy huge long tunnel. See the mountain above the entrance? We drove underneath it. Yes, the whole way underneath a mountain. It took forever, but at least we could be amused by Elora quoting Green Eggs and Ham. "Would you could you in the dark? Would you could you on a train? Not in the dark, not on a train, not in a tunnel..."
We went on to the Mauterndorf, which was a really old castle dating back to the 1200s.
Here we are outside the castle. It was a wee bit cold, as you can probably guess, and they don't really heat the inside of these castles for visitors...
Okay, check out the graffiti from 1765 and 1847, written in the nice gothic writing. It is behind glass now, so who knows if that is when it was really written?
Also, the chapel has the original fresco on the walls which was painted in 1450. Very neat. You weren't allowed to walk inside the chapel, so I captured it as best I could through the glass... There were more castles in the area, but the kids were getting tired and a little cold, so we headed back to the hotel for one more night of swimming... to which Elora replied, "I am so excited! I love swimming!"