On Wednesday, my mom and aunt went on a day trip with the Sound of Music and Hallstatt tour. That evening, we met up, along with two of my close friends from Salzburg College, Haley and Michael, to have dinner.
The following day, our last full one in Salzburg, we took the morning to explore the DomQuartier. Built in the mid-late 1600s by Prince-Archbishop Guidobald von Thun, the architectural complex consists of the Cathedral and the Residenz – once the center of the prince-archbishops’ power – along with Benedictine St. Peter’s Abbey. Five museums are located throughout the complex, though we were unable to see the baroque rooms due to a special event being held the following week.
Our tour began with the Residenz Gallery, which was founded in 1923 as a replacement for the archbishop’s art collection that was lost during the Napoleonic Wars. The main focus when we visited was on Rembrandt, particularly on the painting known as “Bust of an Old Woman at Prayer” or “The Artist’s Mother.” The special exhibit took viewers through the creation of the painting and what was originally underneath. At the end of the Gallery was a door to an outdoor terrace showing views of the two Baroque squares. On the other side was the entrance to the next museum.
The North Oratory holds special exhibitions along with an end room known as the Rupertusoratorium because its altarpiece and ceiling frescoes show scenes from the life of St. Rupert. Next to it is the Cathedral Organ Loft where visitors can view the inside of the Cathedral from above. On the other end is the Cathedral Museum, which was founded in 1974 and is located in the upper galleries of the Salzburg Cathedral and is home to the cathedral’s treasures as well as the cabinet of art and curiosities.
The next area was the Long Gallery, which was the former painting gallery of the prince-archbishops. This led into St. Peter’s Museum, which was founded in 696 by Bishop Rupert and is considered the oldest monastery in German-speaking territories as well as the city’s oldest institution. Today it houses a number of artifacts from spiritual belongings to Mozart’s music. There is also an interactive exhibit on St. Peter’s Abbey as it is today.
After we finished touring all the museums, my aunt and I picked up our bags while my mom bought a watercolor of the Salzburg fortress from a street artist. After we met back up, we walked to the other side of the city to get lunch at a vegan Indian restaurant.
After lunch, I took my mom and aunt to Salzburg College so that they could meet more of my fellow students in addition to the main program coordinator Lukas.
That night, after my class, Michael and I joined my mom and aunt to go on a pub crawl that they had read about in a Rick Steves guidebook. We began the night at Pepe, a cocktail bar that focused on tequila. We got a table and ordered nachos and some drinks, though the martini my aunt received was not quite what she had expected. Our next stop was Saitensprung, a bar built into the side of Kapuzinberg, like Fridrich. Speaking of Fridrich, that was going to be our third destination, however it was closed as was our intended fourth. Therefore we decided to end the night at Wein & Co, a wine bar and cafe. It was a good ending to our time together in Salzburg.