Are you a Sound of Music fan? Does your heart “want to sigh like a chime that flies from a church on a breeze”? Consider going to Salzburg, Austria! This gem of a town will charm you over and over as you explore the shot-on-location movie sites.
Salzburg’s Hop-On, Hop-Off bus makes getting around easy — and features an entire audio track (English/Spanish) dedicated to the Sound of Music and its filming.
Below are just a few of the Sound of Music location highlights in Salzburg (all of which can be reached via the HOHO). Cue the soundtrack!
Salzburg + The Sound of Music = <3
Nonnberg Abbey dates to ~712 AD, and is “the oldest continuously-operating nunnery in the German-speaking world” (Wikipedia).
Filming occurred on site in the courtyard and on the street by the abbey (but not inside).
The Mirabell Gardens saw Maria and the seven Von Trapp children sing ‘Do Re Mi’ and dance around the fountain.
Mirabellplatz, which houses both the gardens and a beautiful palace, provides a relaxing respite from the everyday hubbub. Great at any time of year for a picnic or coffee!
The Church of Mondsee
Captain Von Trapp and Maria’s wedding scene was filmed inside the Church of Mondsee, rather than Nonnberg Abbey, as the abbey would not allow filming inside.
Still, I’d say this was a suitable stand-in.
Leopoldskron Palace provided the rear facade of Captain Von Trapp’s house. (The filmmakers used a separate location for the front!) The Von Trapp children and Maria took a swim (literally) on the lake here as well.
Oftentimes you will see swans out for a swim of their own. Truly charming!
Of course, this blog post would be remiss without mentioning the gazebo!
This beautiful gazebo, where Rolf and Liesl sang “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, is now housed at Hellbrunn Palace. The palace is worth a visit anyway for the grounds alone — and seeing the gazebo is an added bonus. When I went, a Japanese tour group was also there — happily singing Rolf and Liesl’s song! So much fun!
While the furthest away from a HOHO stop (as I recall), Hellbrunn and the gazebo definitely remain doable by foot.
Have you visited any of these (or any not listed)? What activities do you recommend?