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Sound of Music Original Tour

Join us as we embark for the all singing and dancing Sound of Music Original Tour. Featuring locations caught on camera from the movie, this is the ultimate tour for any fan of the Sound of Music.

Once we set out on the tour guests will visit Salzburg and learn about the Lake District to witness the places where the award-winning musical was brought to the big screen in the unforgettable sixties era. Groups will be accompanied by a private tour guide who will be on-hand to give detailed information on the architectural locations and where they were featured across the original movie.

You might even like to get involved by singing along while the original soundtrack is played during the tour!

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Basilika St. Michael, Mondsee

Basilika St. Michael, Mondsee

Sound of Music Original Tour itinerary

The Sound of Music Original Tour will begin as soon as groups are aligned with their private tour guide, at which point we’ll embark for the very first filming location. We first visit the area that viewers will recognise as the place where the Trapp Family lived during the movie, the real-life setting is, in fact, at Salzburg’s Leopoldskron Palace. While at this first location (and the others that follow), guests are encouraged to make the most of the breathtaking photo opportunities available to remember their visit. The Sound of Music soundtrack is available to listen to while enjoying the tour, and singing along is often encouraged should guests want to!

The next spot we visit is where a lot of the magic from the movie came to life at Hellbrunn Palace. This location is where some of the leading singing scenes took place in the film, and it was here that the moment was captured with Julie Andrews singing ‘My Favourite Things’.

Fans will undoubtedly recall the heartfelt scene where Maria and Baron von Trapp shared their very first kiss, and our next point of the tour visits the Gazebo (now placed in Hellbrunn) where this iconic moment took place in the movie.

The Sound of Music enthusiasts can enjoy the stunning views of Nonnberg Convent next, which is recognised as being the place where Maria started out as a novice.

No viewer of the movie could ever forget the marriage of Baron and Maria, and as part of the tour, we will visit the wonderous Church Mondsee where the stars are wed in the movie.

Our final stop of the tour concludes (this may occur at the start of the tour instead), we visit the spot where Maria and the children danced together in the movie at the unforgettable Mirabell Garden and Pegasus Fountain.

At this point, you might like to ask your private tour guide any questions you may have forgotten to ask during the tour. You can, of course, ask questions as we progress through the tour at any point as well.

The history of the Sound of Music

The enormous success of The Sound of Music Broadway Musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein premiering in 1959 caused film director Robert Wise and 250 crew members to turn Salzburg and its surroundings into Sound of Music film location in 1964. And it was Salzburg Panorama Tours taking the Sound of Music film crew to the various places where the famous movie was filmed.

Right after release, the film became a tremendous success, awarded with 5 Oscars becoming the highest-grossing movie ever and reaching cult status over the years. Both musical and film are based on the “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” written by Maria von Trapp in 1949.

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2. Leopoldskron Palace

Sound of Music Tour: Leopoldskron Palace

The Palace at Leopoldskron is the most beautiful rococo building in the Salzburg region. It was built in 1731 by Archbishop Leopold Count Firmian as a residence for his family.

After 1837, when the Firmian family sold the estate, the building changed owners many times. Leopoldskron was a gallery, then became property of a landlord, and even the King of Bavaria can be found under the list of owners.

When famous writer Max Reinhardt, founder of the Salzburg Festival, bought it in 1918, it was in sad condition. Reinhardt renovated it, however, to its original beauty and used its garden for theater performances. Since 1958, the building has been owned by the “Salzburg Seminar in American Studies”, an institution that focuses on economy problems.

Schloss Leopoldskron was one of the most important locations for the film: The rear view was used for the Trap Family home. The family drank lemonade with the baroness on the terrace. Maria and the baron dance on the balcony during the ball scene, and the children fell into the adjacent lake. The Venetian room from the castle was copied and used as the ballroom for the interior shootings which were done in the studios.

3. Hellbrunn Palace

Hellbrunn Advent Market

Hellbrunn Palace, just a few kilometers south of the city, was built between 1613 and 1619 under the orders of Markus Sittikus von Hohenems.

As the Archbishop had spent part of his life in Italy he tried to recreate an Italian atmosphere in this castle and its gardens. Unlike many other palaces, Hellbrunn has undergone no style changes and so, even today, the visitor can enjoy the lively southern scenery of this renaissance park.

The artificial water games in Hellbrunn with numerous grottoes, trick fountains and the mechanical toy theater were built to entertain the noble guests of Archbishop Markus Sittikus. The Impressive frescoes in the palace halls are masterpieces of the 17th century by Donato Mascagni From Florence.

The Gazebo at Hellbrunn

One of the main sites from the film is the glass gazebo, setting for various love scenes, like Sixteen Going on Seventeen and Something Good. After a complete renovation, it was reconstructed in the park of Hellbrunn Palace. This is not the original setting, which was the garden of Leopoldskron Palace, but a more accessible one for visitors.

4. View of Nonnberg Abbey from the bus

Sound of Music Tour: Nonnberg Convent

Nonnberg Convent is the oldest female convent north of the Alps. It has been in continual existence since it was founded in the year 714 A.D.

In the course of its history, the Abbey was destroyed by fire several times, but it was always rebuilt by the rulers of the city and the church. Today’s building was erected in the early 16th century. The wooden Gothic altar by the sculptor Veit Stoss is especially worth seeing . It is located in the St. John’s Chapel near the gate.

The Abbey on the Nonnberg is significant both for the real Trapp story as well as for the movie. After graduating from college, Maria Augusta von Kutschera took a train to Salzburg to present herself as a candidate for the novitiate of the Benedictine Sisterhood. After serving as a governess outside the abbey she and Baron von Trappmarried in the Abbey Church in 1927.

The Sound of Music scenes shot here include the opening part where nuns go to mass and Maria returns too late. 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 in the original spot.

5. Salzburg Lake District Area – St. Gilgen

Saint Gilden, Mondsee

St. Gilgen is situated on another popular lake of the Salzkammergut, the Wolfgangsee. Mozart’s mother, Anna Pertl, was born here. That is why a little Mozart museum has been set up in the city center.

6. Mondsee – Wedding Chapel

Basilika St. Michael, Mondsee

A large cathedral dominates the small town of Mondsee. It was once the heart of an important monastery. Founded in 748 on the ruins of a roman settlement, it influenced the culture of the region for more than a thousand years until it was dissolved in 1792. The wedding scene in the movie was filmed here, Maria, led by Liesl, walked down the aisle to meet the baron in front of the main altar.

7. Mirabell Garden and the Pegasus Fountain (before or after the tour)

Sound of Music Tour: Fountain & Mirabell Garden

Its characteristic, large, symmetrical flowerbeds make this garden a good example of a typical Baroque park.

It was built in the 18th century following the plans of the famous architect Fischer von Erlach. Countless statues inspired by Greek myths can be seen throughout the park which is centered by a big fountain. In the film, Maria and the children danced around the Fountain singing “Do-Re-Mi”.

The Pegasus fountain next to the 17th century palace can also be spotted in the movie. The stairs leading up to the rose hill were part of the choreography as well.

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