CSL students are currently overseas as part of our European Models of Sport Class. We’ll be posting a daily recap of their experiences.
by Kerry Gannon
Upon arrival in Salzburg on Monday evening, the group was awe-struck by
the beautiful architecture, pastel colored buildings, and the stunning location of
the city at the base of the Alps. Unlike yesterday, we couldn’t view the scenic Alps
behind the city today due to the fog and rain, but we did gain a greater feel for the
city on our adventurous bike tour this morning!
Admittedly, the group initially wasn’t terribly enthusiastic about the idea of
a bike tour because of the rain this morning, but we all committed to making the
best of the situation and geared up with our 1 Euro ponchos and hit the road! The
first stop on the tour was to the Mirabellgarten where the famous “Do-Re-Mi” song
and dance was shot in The Sound of Music. The Mirabell Palace is now home to
Salzburg’s City Hall and the garden is open to the public. We then weaved our way
through the city, stopping periodically to admire the Cathedral, Haus uf Mozart, the
After an hour or so of exploring the
inner city, we began to ride to the
outskirts of Salzburg along the canal
that brings fresh water from the King’s
River to the city. The canal led us to
the Utensburg Mountain that
separates Austria from Germany.
Our tour guide pointed out the in the musical,
The Sound of Music, the Von Trapp family escapes the Nazis by fleeing the city over this
scenic mountain in the closing scene. However, Germany resides on the other side of the
mountain. In actuality, the Von Trapps fled the city by train to Italy, a fun-fact that many, if
not all, of us were unaware of!
home of Red Bull’s finest aircrafts. One of the most intriguing displays was the capsule that Felix
Baumgarten deployed from in his record-breaking jump from space!
also escorted up to the “Sky Bar” in Hangar 7: a
bar suspended from the ceiling with
a glass floor.
The rain began to cease during our visit to
Hangar 7 and after having
warmed up a bit the group was much more
energetic and enthusiastic about the ride
back to the city. In fact, some students were so enthusiastic that they began singing
90’s Hit music while peddling along!
All in all, the bike tour was an utterly amazing, enriching experience – so
much so that nothing could “rain on our parade!”