An Average Beer in Salzburg

The drive to Salzburg from Nürnberg was quite easy, which was nice considering the night we had before… Salzburg was, at first, a complete let down. It looked like an uninspired town that was beginning to fall apart, it was left behind and degrading. While driving through, it made us wonder why we’d decided to visit. Had we got the town name wrong? We parked the car and walked for a bit.
Near the water, all was revealed!
It was beautiful, it was elegant, the sun shone over grandiose architecture and reflected off the water, into our eyes that were wide in disbelief. It’s like a border has been created and passed it was all the money. We were really impressed and quite quickly forgot about our impression upon arrival. Now we wanted to see and taste more.
We across the bridge infront of the castle and looked for somewhere to eat. There was a little alley with a few restaurant doors at the beginning, so we headed that way. As we neared a Beergarden was revealed to us and the decision was final. We had to eat and drink there. This would be the first Austrian Beer in Austria (it’s actually, as far as I can recall, my first Austrian beer). It was a bit of a let down. I don’t know what I was expecting but there wasn’t much flavour at all. It was still relaxing and sitting there, watching the people and enjoying our meal, we were looking forward to the rest that Austria had to offer.
I don’t think we did much else in Salzburg other than soak in the sights and sun for a while. We still had to drive the rest of the way to Vienna!

Nürnberg: Hotels that Close

I finished work with a good old game of ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’ and that signalled the beginning of our sometimes painful and slow drive to Nürnberg. We got away without incident. Our highly technical plan was that we’d use GPS and Google Maps to try and avoid any traffic delays, be they accidents or mere failure to merge clogging the lanes for 2 hours. That did happen. One announcement was to avoid a whole section of Autobahn because you have a life to live and 2 hours sitting in a car is not living. We avoided that because of this ingenuity. However, not all traffic can be avoided. We were caught a few times and if you add on a dinner stop, our total travel time ended up being at least 8 hours. By the time we were aware of our lateness, we were in the mountains and the phone signal was not good. I did have the thought of calling the hotel but figured that they have taken my money so that should be fine (having no signal sealed the deal).
I think around half past midnight we found a great park in Nürnberg near the hotel, so we exited the car and walked only 50 meters to the door. No-one was there. It’s late, I thought, the reception is probably toileting it up. We called the phone and there was no answer. After a few minutes we called again and started knocking on the door. No response. How can this be? 20 minutes of pestering, a man and his dog came downstairs.
Turns out he’s the house keeper and knows nothing about anything and can do not much more except for calling the manager. Sounds good. Manager didn’t answer.
A but of a panic. We still have hours to drive when we wake up, if we sleep and it was becoming a question of how and where would we sleep… we started to search for anything that may be open  (Who has heard of a hotel closing? What happens if something goes wrong?). It’s apparently a standard in Nürnberg, many hotels close between 10-11pm!
We got a hold of one place, a private apartment, the host was very nice and accommodating. We recommend that you contact them if you are staying in the area.
City Rooms Nürnberg

We couldn’t help ourselves, we wanted to suffer that little bit more. We returned to our previously mentioned hotel the next morning. I was expecting to get breakfast, we had paid for the room after all and breakfast was included. Sabrina Franklin, the receptionist, was on the phone and thought it was proper service to continue her phone conversation while talking to us. Talking turned to arguing quickly and we left with a severely bad taste in our mouth. So please avoid the Continental Hotel.
It felt good to get out of town and head for Salzburg.