Saturday, January 4, 2014

Helsinki - Berlin - Salzburg - Saalfelden.... big day

Flights from Helsinki to Salzburg went off without a hitch and I saw about 2 hours of Germany courtesy of a quick stopover in Berlin :/ Checked into the hostel late and went off in search of sustinence in the form of a Burger King meal (how nutritious) and kipped out. 

Following what I thought was a well earned sleep I set out in the morning for a run around town in an effort to see as much as possible in the several hours I had there. Ran up Kapuzinerberg near the hostel which I luckily found the entrance to via an opening between a number of shops on the road. Trail was a mix of asphalt changing to gravel / hard leaf-covered rock (a good challenge for the trail-less legs over the last couple of months), right up to a lookout overlooking Salzburg. Then down along the river, through town and up to the Fortress Hohensalzburg which stands out as it is located on the other hill which surrounds the city. 

Easy to miss - entrance to Kapuzinerberg

Salzburg is a pretty nice city to run in, however Saturday mornings are very busy due to countless shoppers going about their way so it was a bit of a case of dodging the 'moving trees'. Later walked around the city for a bit of touristy happy snaps... the Cathedral is huge... there is a bridge with a huge number of padlocks... and the old town is right on the edge of the mountain leading to the fortress

Padlocks on Makartsteg
Left in the afternoon to RV with the team at Salzburg airport, and following some minor hitches with transport arrived to Saalbach in the evening. Wallner Kaserne barracks will be our home for the next couple of weeks whilst we do some snowboard training in Leogang / Saalbach Hinterglemm, prior to the RAF competition.

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