Upon arrival, we spent most of the daylight hours in our hotel - Motel One - a modern and (thankfully) air-conditioned hotel about a 10 minute walk from the city center. Across the river from the hotel was a laundromat, so being much too hot to walk around the city, we decided to do our laundry. The laundromat, not having A/C, was even hotter than the weather outside. We threw our clothes in the wash and attempted to find a bar, or bottle of water at the very least. Nothing was open, likely due to the heat wave. Chris, who is much more tolerant of extreme temperatures than me, went on a walk to track down some water and eventually came back with a tiny bottle which we crushed in about 5 seconds. Twenty minutes later, our wash was done. We bailed on the dryer and walked back with the wet clothes around our arms and neck, protecting us from the sun while cooling us off a bit. This may have defeated the purpose of washing our clothes, but we didn't care!
That evening it cooled down just enough to make walking tolerable, so we headed into town.
We love bike tours because they allow you to see a lot of the city in a short period of time and you learn a lot along the way. The only bike tour available on our second day in Salzburg was the Fraulein Maria tour which takes you to all the famous places from the movie The Sound of Music. I'm a huge fan of musicals and this one is no exception. I love it! So I was pretty excited about the tour. Chris, who also enjoyed the movie, was hoping for a tour with a little more historical context about the city. Thankfully the heatwave broke and it was quiet pleasant outside. All in all we had a great time. Our guide Steffi even looked a little bit like Liesel (the capitan's eldest daughter)! Here are some pictures from our tour:
The next day we went to Hellbrunn Palace before driving to Vienna. Hellbrunn Palace was built in the early 1600's by Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. Apparently the Archbishop had too much time and money on his hands, and spent said excess time and money devising an elaborate home and gardens with hidden water fountains everywhere. This would allow him to soak his unsuspecting guests during meals, strolls, conversations, etc. Needless to say, we got a bit wet on this tour.