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Top Destinations: Salzburg Part 3 – 9 Sound Of Music Film Locations In Salzburg!

By on February 1, 2015

What is the Sound of Music film about?

The Sound of Music (1965) was directed and produced by Robert Wise starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The Sound of Music tells the story of a young woman named Maria, who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to seven children of a naval officer widower. The film is derived from the Broadway musical The Sound of Music, with songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and the story of the Sound of Music is based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.

Here is The Sound of Music movie trailer:

Why is the Sound of Music film so popular in Salzburg?

The Sound of Music (1965) was filmed in many beautiful locations in Salzburg, Austria. With the popularity of the film, naturally many fans and travellers from around the world come to Salzburg to visit the beautiful filming locations. It was the Sound of Music film that initially inspired my visit to Salzburg and the best way for any Sound of Music fan such as myself to see a snapshot of the locations from the movie, was to go on The Sound of Music Tour!

The Sound of Music Tour

When I arrived into Salzburg, I went to the information desk at the train station, bought my Salzburg card and immediately booked my Sound of Music Tour for the next day!

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Why should I book to go on the Sound of Music tour?

1. They take you to the Sound of Music filming locations

2. You get to take pictures in front of the Sound of Music filming locations

3. You get an awesome (and extremely hilarious) Sound of Music tour guide who gives you all the information about Salzburg, the film locations and also a few secret Sound of Music behind the scenes information!

4. You get to see more of Salzburg, including the lakes district!

5. You get to meet new people who also love the Sound of Music!

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY!

6. You get to have a Sound of Music sing-a-long (for all those real Sound of Music fans!).

I am one of those fans.

Want more information about the tour?

Visit the Original Sound of Music Tour website here and it will give you all the information you need! If you are staying at a hotel (or a hotel/hostel like I was), they will even include in the price a bus/car transfer to where the tour starts from! The Sound of Music Tour will cost you 40 Euros in total.

I highly recommend that if you love Julie Andrews, Salzburg or The Sound of Music that you should book this tour! The guides are fantastic, it’s a fantastic day out and you get to meet many other Sound of Music fans from all over the world! That was enough incentive for me!

9 Sound of Music film locations in Salzburg

Disclaimer: Not all 10 of these film locations are included in the Sound of Music Tour. You will need to visit and explore some of these locations yourself!

1. Schloss Leopoldskron

The Schloss Lepoldskron is a short drive away from Salzburg and one of the many important filming locations from the Sound of Music. This beautiful palace was used for all the inside scenes from the movie and the balcony was used for the scene where Maria and Captain Von Trapp danced at the ball.

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In addition, the picture below is a zoomed in close-up of the back of the house. Where you see the gate and the lake is the exact spot where Maria and the von Trapp children fell into the lake!

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Here is a quick video of that scene!

2. The Famous Sound of Music Pavilion

Everybody who has seen the Sound of Music knows about the famous white pavilion! The beautiful white pavilion, located at Schloss Lepoldskron for the movie filmed all the romantic scenes including the famous song “Sixteen going on Seventeen” and where Maria and Captain von Trapp declare their love for each other.

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Here is a quick video of “Sixteen going on Seventeen” which was filmed in the pavilion!

Due to the tremendous increase of tourists to Schloss Lepoldskron after the movie was released, the famous white pavilion was moved to Schloss Hellbrunn to reduce the amount of congestion! It was probably a much better idea to move it, because now there is more space for tourists to take some photos just like mine!

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3. Mondsee Abbey

Located in the Upper Austrian part of the Salzkammergut (Salzburg Lakes District) is the beautiful town of Mondsee. Mondsee is only a short drive from Salzburg and has become a very popular day-trip!IMG_9696 IMG_9695 IMG_9698

One of the main reasons tourists make a visit to this charming town is for Mondsee Abbey, the church where Maria and Captain von Trapp got married in The Sound of Music film!

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4. Mirabell Gardens

The Mirabell Gardens are the most beautiful, breathtaking, vibrant and stunning gardens in all of Salzburg! There are three key locations in the Mirabell Gardens that were featured in the song Do-re-mi from the Sound of Music!

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1. Do-re-mi famous steps

Maria and the von Trapp children use these steps as a musical scale! (Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do!)

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2. The Horse Statue and Fountain

Maria and the von Trapp children walk around the edge of the horse fountain in Do-re-mi! Being the big Sound of Music fan that I am, I took a picture just like the movie!

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3. Mirabell Gardens Archway

Maria and the von Trapp children danced and ‘frolicked’ through the archway! I decided to take a picture doing exactly that!

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Here is a quick video of part of Do-re-mi! Pay close attention towards the end for scenes from the Mirabell Gardens!

5. Mozartsteg

Mozartsteg is a beautiful bridge dedicated to Mozart, and was featured in The Sound of Music when Maria and the children were out for the day exploring Salzburg!

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6. Nonnberg Abbey

Nonnberg Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in Salzburg. It is most famously known as “Maria’s convent” in The Sound of Music where Maria started out as a nun. In the movie when Maria realises she is in love with Captain von Trapp, she returns to the Abbey and the children visit her there to convince her to return.

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Fun fact: There was no filming done at Nonnberg Abbey; Nonnberg was re-created in the film studios in Salzburg.

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Fun fact (or not so fun for my legs): To get to the famous Nonnberg Abbey, you need to walk up a huge hill (the hill where the Hohensalzburg Fortress is located), and let me tell you it is a steep one! It was totally worth it because I was able to get a photo of the gate! It looks exactly like the one from the film!

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7. The von Trapp mansion

This house in Salzburg (located a very short walk from Schloss Hellbrunn) was used for filming the outside scenes of the von Trapp house in The Sound of Music.

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The path to get to the house is for pedestrians or bicycles only, no cars are allowed to drive through. Why I hear you ask? As I mentioned above about the famous Sound of Music Pavilion, an abundance of tourists and Sound of Music fans wanted to visit the house, but congested the walkway with their cars and tour buses! At present, the house is used for university students and is private property! I was visiting Hellbrunn Palace and decided to take a short walk and check it out! 

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8. Residenzplatz

The Residenzplatz in Salzburg was used in the film when Maria is walking (and singing “I have confidence”), and flicks water from the fountain!

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9. Wolfgang Zee

Wolfgang Zee (named after the one and only Mozart) is located just south of Salzburg in the Salzkammergut region (Salzburg lakes district). Panoramic shots of Wolfgang Zoo and other surrounding lakes in the region were featured in The Sound of Music. This lake was a beautiful spot on my Sound of Music Tour!

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Want more information and inspiration to visit Salzburg?

Check out my two previous posts:

1. Why you need to buy yourself a Salzburg card

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2. Top 5 Sights to see in Salzburg

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  1. Joyce

    July 8, 2016

    Hello Bec, my friends and I will be renting a car for our 4-day trip to Salzburg in 2 weeks’ time. Do you think we will be able to complete the Sound of Music tour by ourselves since we will have the car to drive out of Salzburg? By following a tour means we won’t be able to stay at a location for as long as we want right? Many thanks in advance for your help!

    • Bec

      July 8, 2016

      Hi Joyce, I think it is definitely possible to do the sound of music tour by yourselves with your own car. A lot of the destinations that the tour visits are very close to each other and are not a far drive from Salzburg at all. Following a tour you definitely dont get as much time in one spot, but with your own car you can do it all at your own pace. The Sound of Music Tour is great for those who don’t have a car and want to see the sites and enjoy an atmosphere full of Sound of Music lovers, but you can have just as much fun driving around to the locations yourselves! That sounds like a wonderful trip! Enjoy!

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Hi there! I'm Bec, creator of the travel blog The World As Bec Sees It. I'm a 26-year old Primary Teacher from Sydney, Australia with a severe case of wanderlust who believes it's possible to work in the job of your dreams and still find time to travel the world!

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