Sound of Music locations in Salzburg.
On the trail of the von Trapp family and so much more!
One great advantage to staying at the four star Superior Hotel Ebner's Waldhof is its proximity to Salzburg: just 22 kilometres away from one of the loveliest cities in the world and home of Mozart, the Salzburg Festival and the Sound of Music! During your stay at the Hotel Ebner's Waldhof a trip into the county capital is an absolute must. Even if you have been on a guided Sound of Music Tour, it's definitely worth visiting Salzburg under your own steam. There are plenty of well-signed car parks in the city centre and a bus service runs every hour from Fuschl an See into the city. Salzburg has been awarded the title World Cultural Heritage Site by the UNESCO and when you stroll through the city's Old Town with its narrow streets, beautiful Baroque architecture, hidden courtyards and magnificent churches you will understand why. Once caught in its spell, you will want to return to Salzburg again and again!
This is probably the best place to begin when you visit Salzburg. There is a large car park here and the local bus from Fuschl am See stops here. The Palace was built by Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich Raiteanu in 1606. His successor Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus renamed the palace “Schloss Mirabell” and between 1721 and 1727 the palace was almost completely rebuilt. Since 1866 the palace has been the property of the City of Salzburg and is now mainly used as offices for the city’s administration. The palace is famous for its impressive Marble Hall, said to be the most beautiful registry office in the world, and its magnificent gardens. It was here on the steps in front of the gates to the gardens that Maria sang Do-Re-Mi with the von Trapp children.
You can walk through the gardens, down to the river Salzach and acroos the city bridge to the Old Town
After crossing the river Salzach you find yourself in the city's Old Town. The Getreidegasse is a fantastic shopping street with its famous wrought-iron shop signs. Here you will also find Mozart's birth house which can be visited, Salzburg Cathedral and the famous Glockenspiel café. As you wander through the streets you will recognise many of the buildings, impressive squares and fountains featured in the film.
A trip to Salzburg wouldn't be complete without visiting the Hohensalzburg Fortress. You can either walk up or take the funicular train to the top. The Fortress is the city's landmark and the views are well worth the walk (or ride).
The local ruler Gebhard I. von Helffenstein (1010 - 1088) began building the fortress in the year 1077 during the investiture conflict between the German Kaiser Heinrich IV and Pope Gregor. In 1085 Archbishop Gebhard was banished into exile and the planned fortress was finally completed under the rule of his successors. The fortress consists of the original Romanesque palace and the tower which once housed the living quarters and still forms the core of the castle today. Later a church and an outbuilding were added. The fortress is not only a living museum, there is also a restaurant and state rooms where regular concerts are held here as part of the Palace Concert event programme.
If you took the funicular and didn't walk up, we can definitely recommend you walking down, the path the leads round to the back of the castle will take you past the Nonnberg Abbey where Maria was a novice and where the opening convent scenes of the movie were filmed. The convent at Nonnberg Abbey is said to be the oldest in the German speaking world. The Abbey consists of a church "Maria Himmelfahrt" (Feast of the Assumption), the cloisters, a pillared hall, a kitchen, rectory and the convent itself. It is perched on an exposed spot just below the fortress and is visible from almost every point in the city. The convent was founded between 713 and 715 by St. Rupert the patron saint of the city. It is still run as a convent today. Visits inside the convent are therefore not possible. Nonnberg Abbey plays a significant role in both for the real von Trapp story as well as the movie. Not only was the opening part of the movie, where the nuns go to mass and Maria returns too late, shot here but also the performance for the song "Maria" was staged in the courtyard of the Abbey. The children came to the Abbey's gate to ask Maria to return to their home. The escape scene, with the cars parked outside the Abbey gate, was also shot here.
There are several great museums in Salzburg and we can highly recommend; the Museum of Modern Art at the top of the Mönschberg (the lift to the top and the views from the museum restaurant are fantastic), the Residenz Palace and the natural history museum "Haus der Natur" which was recently renovated and is a great day out for families.
Hellbrunn Palace is a wonderful summer residence built by the Renaissance ruler Markus Sittikus and is now home to the gazebo used in the love scene between Rolf and Liesl from the Sound of Music. In winter a lovely Christmas market is held here and in the summer you can also visit the famous Water Games which will give you insight into the fascinating life and mind of Markus Sittikus. This is an amazing water game paradise full of surprises and fun for children and adults alike. Next to the palace you will find the zoo which is open all year round.
Red Bull „Hangar 7“ Aeroplane Museum
Aviation and modern architecture enthusiasts should definitely plan a visit to Red Bull's Hangar 7 right next to Salzburg Airport. 1.200 tons of steel and 389 tons of specially made glass were used for this fantastic building which serves as an aeroplane museum, restaurant and event location in one.