Salzburg, Lake District & The Sound of Music - 2014 edition

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9780977818877: Salzburg, Lake District & The Sound of Music - 2014 edition

(EDITOR'S NOTE, March 26, 3 p.m. EST: This 2014 guidebook has now been retired! Look for the updated 2015 edition under its new title: "Self-guided Salzburg & The Sound of Music".)

WHY PAY some US$50 per person to take the commercial Sound of Music tour in Salzburg when you can do it yourself, at your own pace, with the whole family (a group of friends or individually) for the pocket-friendly price of this 2014 edition "Salzburg, Lake District & The Sound of Music" guidebook.

THIS VALUABLE resource bundles together the do-it-yourself destination guides for Salzburg (p. 1-68), the Lake District (p. 69-81), and The Sound of Music (introduction p. 82-85, Walking Tour - University Platz to Mirabell p. 86-92, Driving Tour - Anif to Moon Lake p. 93-99). It is an absolute must-have for fans of the movie classic and anyone headed to this quaint corner of Austria. Moreover, author Brett Harriman has meticulously composed the information within this guide to educate you with local knowledge and history so you can make informed decisions that save time, as well as money, while leading to new adventures and acquaintances along the way.

FOUNDED IN 696 A.D., Salzburg is one of Austria's oldest settlements. It is authentic, wowing and heavenly, accented by a mesmerizing collage of church steeples and a must-visit medieval fortress perched high above the Old Town defining its majestic skyline. When you come here, you'll know why Salzburg is one of Harriman's favorite cities in Europe!

So come along, and travel like a local - your journey begins now!

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(EDITOR'S NOTE, March 26, 3 p.m. EST: This 2014 guidebook has now been retired! Look for the updated 2015 edition under its new title: "Self-guided Salzburg & The Sound of Music".)

FOR SOUND OF MUSIC FANS traveling to Salzburg, Austria, this educational DIY guidebook is a must-have, saving you a bundle over joining a local commercial tour. Why spend all that money per person when you can do the tour yourself, see more movie sites and at your own pace, with the whole family or friends.

WITH THIS comprehensive Sound of Music do-it-yourself tour you will learn many things, among them the real history of the von Trapps: where Georg and Maria really got married; how the family really escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria; where they landed, and re-landed; how long the von Trapps were detained at Ellis Island, New York; and where they eventually settled. Learn about Maria penning their fascinating story of survival into book form, how much she sold the rights for, and what happened afterwards.

BUT THAT'S just the historical side of things; this DIY tour will lead you to the charmingly scenic and captivating sites the Hollywood film scouts discovered in 1963 that set the backdrop for director Robert Wise to shoot, arguably, the most popular musical film of all time.

TOUR BREAKDOWN: The Sound of Music part of this bundled Salzburg guide is 18 pages, has two maps, and is split into three chief sections: (intro) The Basics, SOM 101; Walking Tour; and Driving Tour.

WALKING TOUR: Allow at least 90 minutes to complete the Walking Tour. This section leads you past, among many other sites, the university marketplace and Festival Halls, through the cemetery, up to the abbey, across town to experience the aromatic Mirabell Gardens and waltz up/down the Do-Re-Mi steps. For the latter two sites, slip on the 'play clothes' you worked so hard to tailor.

DRIVING TOUR: (Note that people without a car are not completely left out in the cold when it comes to the Driving Tour; it is possible to do more than half of it -- everything except the lake district -- on your own by bicycle. Your route, though, will be different to that of Drivers, which is described in the tour.) Although you could spend most of the day on the Driving Tour, we recommend you allow at least two hours to complete it in the speediest of trips. There are five sites on the Driving Tour; four are in Salzburg and the fifth is in the Salzkammergut, or lake district. The route is fairly simple to navigate and the countryside is delightful to behold, especially in the lake district. Regarding the latter destination, if the weather's nice, bring your bathing suit.

SUGGESTION: See the movie before leaving home or setting off on the tour. (Note: In Salzburg we point you to where you can view the movie for free; shown daily.) And watch it again post-tour, you'll see it with fresh eyes after you learn and experience first-hand the gripping history and sensational sights that have helped make this movie an enduring classic. These are the treasured memories of a memorable trip, and they are yours to keep, forever!

About the Author:

Brett Harriman grew up in the seaside town of Dana Point, California, and was fortunate enough to have parents who dragged their kids with them everywhere they went, including on overseas vacations. Thus, the travel bug kicked in early.

Brett's inspiration comes from his love of travel. He has driven across America, trekked around Australia, and explored Europe extensively. Brett lived in Australia for a decade and then Europe for five years, where he was an official tour guide for the U.S. Armed Forces in Germany. In that role, Brett escorted more than 10,000 servicemen and women and their families through many historically rich cities, towns, villages and Alpine hamlets.

Brett continues to spend two months every year in Germany and Austria updating his guidebooks (trekking across cities and towns knocking on doors and asking a zillion questions, inspecting hotel rooms and looking under mattresses, double checking prices and opening times and transportation schedules, sampling schnitzel and beer and strudel...).

In 2011, for all his hard work, Brett was selected by the president of the Oktoberfest to represent the USA in Munich, Germany during the world-famous festival.

When he is not in Europe sleuthing out the latest travel information or on tour promoting "Harriman Travel Books," Brett spends his time in Pahrump (55 miles west of Las Vegas), Nevada, where his parents have retired and he finds serene sanctuary to compile and compose his travel book series, publishing business, and Oktoberfest tour packages (harrimantravelbooks.com/Tours_Oktoberfest.html).

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