National Geographic : 1951 Jun
789 Mayrhofen, a Tyrolese Babel, Advertises a Circus in Three Tongues Here the International Summer School enrolls boys and girls from a dozen nations. Lectures, translated into several tongues, suggest the United Nations in action (page 787). These hiking French students carry canes and dress in non-Alpine togs. They read appeals in German, English, and French. rant of 1,200-year-old St. Peter's Abbey we sipped special wine made by the monks and topped off banquet-size meals with Salzburger Nockerin, a giant soufflelike dessert. After concert or opera we took an elevator to the popular Monchsberg cafe that offers lilting music and a magical view of the city with its late-hour hospitality. Headquarters of U. S. occupation forces in Austria, the city has a distinct American air. Signs in English are everywhere; so are GI's. Standing on any busy corner, one can hear in a few minutes the deep drawl of Dixie, the twang of western speech, and New England's clipped accents. Big American cars fill pub lic squares and crawl through cramped streets meant for coaches. Above Mozart Platz the Stars and Stripes ripples in the breeze. Behind the M6nchsberg I visited the Salz burg Seminar, a college summer school spon sored by Harvard University, in Leopoldskron, an 18th-century palace. Here student leaders from western European countries study American civilization and discuss freely and informally the world's problems. Branching out, we made excursions into the near-by Salzkammergut, Austria's most popu lar summer vacationland. Its mountains vary from forest-clad hills to giants like the Dach stein. Countless turquoise lakes, large and small, fill its hollows; on their shores nestle quiet villages, like St. Wolfgang, that re semble settings for an operetta. Noted spas such as Bad Aussee and Bad Ischl, where Emperor Franz Josef had his summer court, offer ailing visitors mineral and thermal baths.* Salt has flavored the life and been the chief wealth of this region since prehistoric * See "Salzkammergut, a Playground of Austria," by Florence Polk Holding, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, April, 1937.