Sound of Music Tour.
Visit all the film locations in Salzburg and the Salzkammergut Lake District.
The original Sound of Music Tour.
The tour starts in the centre of the city visiting the Mirabel Gardens where Maria and the von Trapp children sang do-re-mi. Staying in Salzburg you drive past Nonnberg Abbey, only seeing it from the outside, where Maria was a novice and several scenes were filmed. The tour then takes you to the south of Salzburg and Hellbrunn Palace which is where the gazebo used for the “I am sixteen going on seventeen” scene between Rolf and Liesl is now situated. The gazebo originally stood in the grounds of Leopoldskron Palace but was moved to Hellbrunn providing better and easier access to the many visitors.
The next stop is in fact Leopoldskron: the front façade of the palace was used as the family home and the lake was used for the boating scene with the children. The interior of the palace was not used for filming but a replica of the palace’s Venetian room was made in the studios in California. You then leave the city for the Salzkammergut Lake District where you stop off at the village of St. Gilgen which is shown at the beginning of the movie just before Maria starts to sing “The Hills are Alive”. St. Gilgen lies on the shores of Lake Wofgansee. The very distinct shape of the lake (like an egg timer) makes it easy to spot in many of the landscape shots in the film. From St. Gilgen you return to the city via Mondsee, a lovely town on the shores of a beautiful lake and of course home to St. Michael’s Church used for the wedding scene in the film.
While travelling from one stop off to another the film soundtrack is played in the coach – an absolute must for Sound of Music fans!