DRESDEN, GERMANY & SALZBURG, AUSTRIA, September 2 – 4, 2015 – In Berlin we boarded our private Lineage Jet which normally seats up to 70 passengers, but is reconfigured for our use with VIP seating for just 15 passengers! It is so spacious and comfortable with a great crew; we were almost reluctant to deplane to see our destinations.
Our first flight took us to Dresden for a mid-day visit on our way to Austria. Straight from the plane to our coach and guide waiting on the tarmac to begin our exploration of this remarkable city, “The Florence of the Elbe”. This talented lady in period costume entertained us while sharing the history of Saxony and its rulers as well as modern day Dresden reconstructed from the ruins of the 1945 bombing!
We completed our stop with lunch and soon were back in the air on to Salzburg and the Goldener Hirsch Hotel in the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in high spirits despite the summer rain.
A few puddles here and there did not deter us from seeing all the highlights of Salzburg. The baroque gardens were lovely at Mirabell Palace which we visited inside and out. Crossing the river Salzach we saw Mozart’s birthplace, the old University Church and other monuments. We also visited Hellbrunn Palace on the edge of the city. The gardens here are known for their water games and trick fountains that provided diversion and entertainment for the archbishops of the early 1600s when it was built.
As we complete our visit in the Germanic north of Europe we head south in our jet, again making a mid-day stop to visit Dubrovnik before ending our day in Taormina, Sicily.
Check out some photos of the jet, Dresden and Salzburg… Click any photo to enlarge.
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