The picturesque Austrian village of Mondsee sits on Mondsee Lake (Moon Lake), just 15 miles north of Salzburg.
The small town’s church, part of a cloistered abbey, was made famous as the site of wedding of Capt. Georg von Trapp and Maria. It may have been selected since it is surprisingly ornate for such an out of the way location.
The village had a low cloud ceiling on Tuesday, shrouding parts of the impressive mountain range that bounds the large lake, and we have read that the lake, at least until a few years ago, was owned privately by one woman. The walk to the lake was a short one from the small village, but was the beginning of another 8 mile walking day for us.
Once one small tour group left St. Michael’s Church, we had it all to ourselves. One of the first things you notice is its pink colored ceilings and trim work, which is quite different from most Gothic cathedrals. And, that is also in stark contrast to the shiny black and gold trimmed altars that line the church.
If you have seen the movie, you saw a bride walk down one of the longest aisles in any church, but that was all movie magic. The church has a nice size, but is not that big.