The hills are alive in Austria.
I am one of those “doe a deer” yodelling Australian’s who holds an extremely fond memory of travelling around in a huge bus singing along to The Sound of Music sound track very close to heart.
I admit, it was one of the best and most exciting experiences I’ve had and I encourage anyone who loves the film (or not!) to go on the day tour or create your own itinerary to see the film locations.
For me, my curiosity about this movie came with the real life story behind it. I have a weakness for films or novels inspired by real life events, they make it more real and you are able to connect on a stronger level.
Ever since I can remember my family and I have been watching The Sound of Music like it was a religion, constantly and just enough to know the movie almost word for word. So it was no surprise that when we got to Salzburg we would ultimately bask in the former locations.
This tour is a day tour and takes you to all the notable movie scenes.
So where does it go exactly?
Mirabell Gardens: Do you remember that scene where the children and Maria go out for a day around the city and sing do-re-mi in the gardens? Enough said.
Leopoldskron Palace: Now, when you arrive at the Palace you will actually be across the other side of the lake where the “back of the house” in the movie is. This is because the Palace is private property and does not allow tourists to walk through the grounds.
Hellbrunn Palace GAZEBO: “I am sixteen going on seventeen” was a famous song filmed during thunder and heavy rain in a gazebo, and at the Hellbrunn Palace you get to see the original gazebo rebuilt within the grounds.
Nonnberg Abbey: Lucky for us, our apartment was just a short walk away from the abbey so prior to the tour we had already seen it. The abbey is still active today holding nuns within, yet they do not allow tourists or the public to walk within it’s walls. However you are aloud to walk right up to the gate.
The nun that the character Maria was based on was named Maria Augusta Kutschera, and went to this abbey.
Salzburg Lake District Area – St. Gilgen: This view is a must for anyone visiting Salzburg. You can visit it off tour anytime.
Mondsee – Wedding Chapel: Mondsee is out of the city of Salzburg holding the famous church where Maria and Von Trapp got married. You also get some free time here to have a look around the village.
The tour goes for four hours departing at 9:00am at Salzburg Panorama Tours GmbH Austria – 5020 Salzburg – Mirabellplatz.
You will have to make your own way to and from the tour.
Prices for adults start from 42€ and are with Panorama tours and travels.
Click here to book.
Don’t forget to click here to read about the inspiration behind the making of the film.
If you have been on this tour or have done your own sightseeing, I’d love to hear about your story. Also raise your hands anyone who is as much of a fan of this movie as I am.