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7 Sights Every Fan of ‘The Sound Of Music’ Should See In Salzburg, Austria

11 Jul 2022 12:40 AM
7 Sights Every Fan of ‘The Sound Of Music’ Should See In Salzburg, Austria 7 Sights Every Fan of ‘The Sound Of Music’ Should See In Salzburg, Austria 7 Sights Every Fan of ‘The Sound Of Music’ Should See In Salzburg, Austria 7 Sights Every Fan of ‘The Sound Of Music’ Should See In Salzburg, Austria 7 Sights Every Fan of ‘The Sound Of Music’ Should See In Salzburg, Austria 7 Sights Every Fan of ‘The Sound Of Music’ Should See In Salzburg, Austria 7 Sights Every Fan of ‘The Sound Of Music’ Should See In Salzburg, Austria

Few Hollywood musicals have resonated through the world like The Sound of Music. Based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers in Austria, and made famous in the biography of Maria Von Trapp, The Sound of Music was filmed in Salzburg. Yet while it does not have a large following in Austria, it is this film that has put the historic city of Salzburg on the bucket list of travellers from around the world. Of course, most Austrians would simply prefer for this to be known as the home of Mozart. But if you are one of those who first discovered Austria through your love for The Sound of Music, here are seven sights you must see on your visit to Salzburg.



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1. The distinctive Salzburg skyline.

It’s the first thing you notice in the film as Maria Von Trop cycles down the Austrian mountains. A city of spectacular spires, gigantic domes, and chiming bells. Watch out for many of these iconic views during your visit to Salzburg too. Especially when you make the obligatory trek to Nonnberg Abbey.

2. Mesmerizing Schloss Leopoldskron

The famous Von Trapp family home in the film is in fact a combination of three house. The best known of these is the Schloss Leopoldskron, which has been converted into a luxury hotel. It is no longer open to the public. But if you are part of a guided tour, you can see part of the familiar lake from the film. If you’ve watched The Sound of Music, it’s where the children fall off a boat dressed in play clothes sewn off curtain cloth.

3. The "I am sixteen going on seventeen" gazebo

Not all things from the film are completely off limits though. You can still visit the gazebo where Liesl and Rolf are featured in one of the film’s best loved songs I am sixteen going on seventeen. It has been relocated from Schloss Leopoldskron to the gardens of Schloss Hellbrunn. This is also incidentally the location where Captain Von Trapp and Maria Von Trapp have THAT famous scene, where he finally discovers he is in love. On the way back from the Hellbrunn Castle, watch out for the Frohnburg castle, which also lends itself to become part of the exterior of the Von Trapp family’s house.

4. St Michael's at Mondsee

That’s the church of Maria’s unforgettable marriage scene. This was actually shot here on location, and not in a Hollywood Studio. It’s not off limits either. But you’ll need to take a bus to get there. Yet it’s time well spent, as your bus ride will also take you on a journey through Austria’s lake districts.

5. Beautiful Mirabell Gardens

But the best known and most of The Sound of Music locations is located right in the heart of Salzburg. The historical Mirabell Gardens, forever associated with the film’s signature song Do-Re-Me is imbued with many moments from the film. The landmarks to watch out are its signature archway, fountains, and statues.


Author Bio

Christina Daniels
Story teller, backpacker, shutterbug
Christina Daniels is a storyteller, cinema writer, backpacker and photographer. She is also the author of the bestselling book “I’ll Do It My Way: The Incredible Journey of Aamir Khan.” A traveler who has journeyed across four continents, Christina is also the host of an Airbnb experience in Bangalore.

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