Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Main Street through Salzburg's Meadow
I spent the last several days at the 50th annual meeting of the Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development, which was held at the Schloss Leopoldskron, famous as the site of the film, Sound of Music. The Schloss is a 15-minute walk from the Old City of Salzburg, so I took a walk with a friend to see what I could see. The beginning part of the walk went through a meadow. It seemed an unlikely main street, because it was so, well, meadow-like. But there was a road and sidewalks and people were going through non-stop. We walked over a canal, and through more meadow which ended at the foot of a hill topped by a fortress. We walked around the hill and on the other side was the Old City, nestled at the foot of the fortress. We noticed a funicular, and so decided to go to the top -- wonderful and quick way up! At the top were panoramic views of the surrounding valley. It was easy to imagine defending the fortress from hostile forces. A small city was tucked into the walls and alleys up there. But my favorite sight was the meadow criss-crossed with paths, filled with people coming and going, and leading -- not so distant -- to the Schloss.