If you’re visiting Salzburg, then I’m sure you must have heard of the 1965 blockbuster movie Sound of Music!
It has captured the world by storm, and it is a film musical I remember very vividly watching when I was a toddler. The music enraptures and the scenes are gripping. It is of familial love and a love for music. The Sound of Music, when it was first released in 1959, won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, out of nine nominations.
In case you didn’t know, Sound of Music was actually based on a true story!
Sound of Music synopsis
Based on the autobiography of Agathe von Trapp (the youngest child), music-loving Agathe von Trapp had been growing up blissfully with her six other siblings on an estate near Salzburg. But after their mother’s death, Agathe never spoke, much less sing, again.
When her father Georg found a new love who becomes the governess, she becomes jealous and unhappy.
It is when Agathe met Maria, who, based on the movie, came from the convent to help out the Trapp family, that she rediscovered her love for music, even when Hitler prepared the annexation of Austria and the start of WWII.
The Trapp family gave numerous concerts together to great public acclaim, making them famous for being the “Von Trapp Family Singers”.
Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
While I was in Salzburg, taking a Sound of Music tour is a MUST. You cannot fully experience the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (yes, it’s a legitimate word, made popular by the movie Mary Poppins, who was coincidentally or not played by Julie Andrews, the girl behind Maria in the Sound of Music. Sorry I digress.) beauty of Salzburg if you miss out on this tour.
The Sound of Music tour takes you to all the filming locations of the movie, including behind-the-scenes shots and how the story was tweaked from the true story of the von Trapps.
Sound of Music tour locations
Here are some of the landmarks that the Sound of Music tour brings you. It passes through landmarks of the Baroque city of Salzburg as well as the picturesque Lake District.
1. Mirabell Gardens
The site where the tour begins and ends. This gardens of the palace were featured in the song “Do-Re-Mi”.
Watch from 1:00 onwards to catch the gardens!
2. Leopoldskron Palace
This lake was made famous by the boating scene held at the Captain’s backyard in the movie.
3. Hellbrunn Palace’s Gazebo
The gazebo was featured in the song “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”. It was taken down after filming, but rebuilt for fans of the movie!
4. Nonnberg Abbey
This is an active convent today. In the real Sound of Music story, Maria got married to the Captain here. The Abbey currently does not allow visits within, but you can visit their Gothic church or attend their church services.
5. Salzburg Lake District
This is my favourite part of Salzburg, an open panorama filled with nothing but green, spring grass, surrounded by Lake Fuschl and Lake Wolfgang.
Visited this village and their Cathedral. Be sure to try out their apple strudel, which they so claim to be famous for!
7. Mozart Bridge
I never knew I was a fan of Sound of Music until I saw this bridge with my very eyes. The scene of the little kids peering over the bridge into the river remains striking in my mind.
Throughout the bus ride, my faint memory of the musical was refreshed as they replayed the songs and parts of the film. Watching Salzburg pass me by outside the window while listening to the melodious sounds of the film was an incredibly emotional experience for me.
I was so wrapped up with counting my blessings of being able to experience this.
The Sound of Music Tour by Panorama Tour Duration: 4 hours Cost: 40€ Adult, 20€ Child Departure timing: 09:15, 14:00
19 June 2015, Friday
Disclaimer: This post was written of my own volition, and all opinions came entirely out of my experience with them!