Austria | Salzburg

Love Padlocks

By on September 20, 2012
lovelocks, Love Padlocks
Still starting to fill up – Salzburg bridge

You’ve probably seen such rails, walls or lamp posts with padlocks somewhere else; in a distant city or at the bridge a few steps from where you live. It could be much more than what’s pictured above or there could be totally no place to put on another. No matter, these padlocks of love  are everywhere and represent couples, travelling together (though not always) – fastening their love for each other.

I don’t really know how it started but that’s supposedly the idea behind the locking but yes you’ll see them in Paris, Tokyo, Budapest, Pecs, Rome, in Taiwan and in this case, Salzburg. The couples would place their lock then either throw away the keys – so that there’s no way those locks could be opened – signifying staying together always or they could deposit it somewhere…but what if they come back and decide to call it quits? Hopefully not!

love padlocks, locks of love
I think red and blue are standouts.

To make these padlocks more personal, couples write down their names or initials before locking them in. Personally, I think it’s sweet but many would say that it’s just defiling what is supposedly a free from junk surrounding. Though it’s probably a city’s local officials that would get annoyed with this practice. So much so that some have purposely built iron trees for this purpose.

There are also superstitions following the love padlocks attachment…to which I of course just shrug my shoulders. What matters is, there are two people in love who decided to join others in that state to declare their love with the help of such metal security device as…the padlock.

locks, handcuff
Fancy a handcuff?


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Salzburg’s Version of the Cycle Rickshaw

By on September 10, 2012

I’m all for something new. When traveling, I am awed by the sights, I get enamored by the picturesque, I get enchanted with the bizarre and I would probably try the extreme if I’m not a born scaredy cat. But what I do most when traveling is look for what’s familiar, whatever would remind me of home. You might say that’s impossible, Asia and Europe are very dissimilar what could I perhaps find? Well, here’s one – I found Salzburg’s version of the Pedicab or cycle rickshaw or bike taxi.

flower power

Being a small-scale means of transport, these tricycles are only meant for touring. Unlike in Asian countries where it functions as a means to transport goods and passengers. In Salzburg, it is only a means of entertainment. You get to tour around the historical city (or part of) in a personal pedal-driven sort of carriage. ^_^

Did I try it? No, cheapskate me would rather walk than spend a precious 19€ for a 20-25 minute ride. Other price ranges include 39€ for 35-45 minutes, 45€ for 40-50 minutes and 55€ for a full hour.


Looking closely, this rickshaw has a different make than the usual ones I see. The bike/driver seat is behind the passenger seat when I’m used to those where the passenger seats are located beside the driver. Such design makes it easier for the passenger to see everything as there are no distractions in front or beside them. There are of course a lot more different designs and there are even those that are electrically-powered.

So how do rickshaws look in your part of the world? I’m really curious. Here’s how we roll in Vienna, rickshaw style:

rickshaw tricycle
red, Germany has these too as most in the region

And this is how a tricycle in a far-flung town in the Philippines would be like…well, not always but, for the sake of posterity here’s how a fully-packed tricycle looks.


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Mirabell Palace and Gardens in Salzburg

By on September 6, 2012
lawn flowers
mirabell gardens
Entrance, little boy and Papagena fountain behind him

What’s more appropriate to do in Salzburg than visit the special locations it’s famous for? Aside from being the birthplace of music genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg became known for the film musical The Sound of Music which brought us the songs “Edelweiss“, “My Favorite Things”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, and “The Lonely Goatherd.” Salzburg tourism capitalizes on this fact and many tours were arranged for visitors to exclusively see the locations that were highlighted in the movie. Such tours start by the Mirabell Palace which explains why there are buses parked outside.The Mirabell Gardens and Palace was where Maria and the kids were singing

We opted to go impromptu, walking as we please and because we arrived a little late (travel from Vienna took almost 3 hours). We were visiting along with a friend, a writer for the Philippine Star (I do hope he wrote niceties about Salzburg and Vienna).

From the entrance, one can already have a feel of how impressive the geometrically-arranged Mirabell garden would be.

mirabell palace and gardens
Mirabell Palace

Passing through a small garden, one would be welcomed into a bigger lawn. Flower beds carefully laid out, walls covered with vines, benches here and there, Roman statues and stone flower vases lined up, fountain features and an arbor to walk through when the scorching sun is up enchanted the photobug in me.

The palace is comparably small to other palaces and castles I’ve seen or perhaps that was just an impression as we never actually got in. :/ I truly blame having to arrive so late. But, as most palaces in Austria, the Mirabell is of Baroque style.

arbor (side of) and passageway
museum mirabell gardens
Baroque museum by the garden
garden and arbor seen from the second floor of the Salzburg Baroque Museum

I was able to visit the the Salzburg Baroque museum which was at the southern wing of the orangerie. It was relatively small, 2 storeys but they have awesome sketches that the kids and I were able to view hurriedly. It was prohibited to take photos inside so I just took photos from inside of the view outside the window. The museum holds drawings and paintings by Rubens, Bernini and Algardi, but also Cortona, the local hero Rottmayr, Altomonte,, Tiepolo, the Guardis, and Maulbertsch among others. Art enthusiasts would be happy going about and savor each on display, as mentioned the museum is “small.”

If you’ve watched the Sound of Music, you’re definitely familiar with the scenes here, if not, go ahead and squeeze it into your schedule…it’s never too late to watch a classic Julie Andrews film, you’ll probably find yourself singing to one of its catchy tunes.

fountain at the middle of the garden
exit –


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