Our second part of "Things To Do for Rainy Days" has some things for Grown-ups and Children. If the sky is all gray and its raining cats, dogs and goats, then you have to stay inside to spend your precious free time.
Many take their laptop or notebook with them when they are travelling. Maybe it is to finish some work that was not completed the days before the vacation started, or to regularly check their e-mails.
If your portable PC or Mac has a DVD-Slot, then grab some movies for your holidays and if it might be a little wet and cold outside you can watch the Alps in technicolor in your hotel, caravan or pension.
Family Trapp attracts many tourists to come to the city of Salzburg, although they don't live there anymore- All because of a musical and its film with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer from 1965.
Baron von Trapp, father of seven children (Rupert, Agathe, Maria, Werner, Hedwig, Johanna, and Martina - in the movie they have different names: Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, and Gretl) is searching for a governess. Maria, young postulant at the Abbey Nonnberg, is chosen for this job. Maria brings music to this family and does not only conquer the heart of the children. The film is located in Salzburg, at the time where National Socialsts take over power in Germany and Austria. At the end of the movie the family (Maria now married to Baron von Trapp) is able to escape to Switzerland. All songs are in English, the song Edelweiss is not the national anthem of Austria, Maria likes to eat Schnitzel with Noodles (a combination you don't eat in Austria), some of the geographic hints don't meet reality. When the family escapes they go to the mountain Untersberg which in reality is close to the city of Salzburg, having parts of it in Austria, others in Germany - in the movie they say they are going to Swiztlerand, what would be in fact another direction. But it is just a movie. It has nice sceneries and a lot of sunshine, people from Salzburg living abroad might want to watch these. For all who are travelling to Salzburg: you can visit some of the locations of the movies. The villa in the movie is at the little lake in Leopoldskron, the Abbey Nonnberg, does exist right at the mountain where the fortress of Salzburg is, the wedding took place in Mondsee and the gazebo ("I am 16..."), which was built for the movie is now located in Hellbrunn.
Either the animated version or the movie with real persons, Heidi is a nice story to watch. Okay, one part of the story takes place in Frankfurt, but this is the part which is the least pleasant, Heidi is still the perfect Alpine vacation movie. Even if you don't spend your holidays in Switzerland in the so called Heidi land, you can see lots of idyllic Alpine scenery in the movie and see the tough and heart warming Alpine life they are living.
It might be a bit difficult to get hold of this movie in the English speaking world, but it is definitely worth it. Before the movie was made, the book by Robert Schneider has been release and it is an amazing read, an estranged, old-fashioned use of the language that gets you deep into this strange but fascinating story.
The film about a boy, a genius with an exceptional sense of hearing, in a far-way mountain village. The story is located in Vorarlberg, a province in the west of Austria. The whole complex story can't be told in a movie, but the film does very well in showing the most important scenes and is liked by people who did read the book and those who didn't know it. The director of the movie is Joseph Vilsmaier.
The last recommendation for Grown-Ups is a mini TV-series that might not be available in English translation or with English subtitles. Felix Mitterer wrote the screen play. From the first screening on Austrian TV this series was highly discussed, angry German tourists and furious tourism managers. Piefke Saga makes fun of Alpine Tourism, especial mass tourism with traditional "dancing events" in the evening and country style fashion. We all know that you can't find old-fashioned pure life and tradition in luxurious giant hotels and tourist ghettos. Back in the 90ies this TV films where highly contested, the clichees are still mean and amazing in their irony. This is a film for all who have a great sense of humour, who love sarcasm and irony. The Saga is located in the Tyrol in a pittoresque valley called Zillertal. For all who never heard the term "Piefke" - in Austria (and Bavaria) it is a swear word for North Germans. There are four parts to form the saga (1990 - 1993), part 1-3 are satirical, part 4 is quite absurd and grotesque, even carnivalesque.
You can get along quite well on rainy days if you have an alternative programme to hiking and sight seeing, for kids something to craft and draw might be fun, for the whole family and Grown-Ups games and card games help you to wait for the sun to appear. Here you can read part one of our rainy days recommendations.
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