The sound of music trail
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There will only be two reasons why you would stop by at Salzburg. Either you are a Mozart music lover, or either you are a die hard fan of Sound of Music. I’ve always been a fan of Sound of Music since I was little and during our Interrail trip to Eastern Europe, I included Salzburg in our destination, to reminisce my old time.
My first stop in Salzburg is Mirabell garden, located between the train station and the city center. Built on the 18th century, this is the garden where Maria Von Trapp and the children of the Von Trapp family danced around the fountain and sing Do Re Mi.
Next to the garden is the Mirabell castle which accommodates today the office of Salzburg’s Bürgermeister (Mayor) and the Municipal administration. This is without a doubt a must go place either you love sound of music or not. From here you can have some awesome views of the city and the Fortress.
On the way to the city center, you will pass by MozartSteg bridge (got its name from Mozart). It is located near the mozartplatz and you won’t miss this bridge. In the film, you can see this bridge when the Von Trapp’s children go out for the first time to town.
My next “Sound of music” location is Nonnberg Abbey, the oldest female convent in the north of Alps (since 715 A.D) and it is here the real Maria Von Trapp came from. The abbey is located on a mountain that can be reached by climbing a mountain and this abbey can be seen in the film earlier in the movie (when they sing the Maria song), when the kids came to the abbey to ask for Maria von Trapp and in the end of the film (the chasing cars scene).
The next must-go “Sound of music” location is a little bit out of town (25 minutes from the town by bus). Hellbrunn Palace, used to be the summer residence for Archbishops of Salzburg. The main attraction for this castle, apart from its “magical fountain”, is Hellbrunn gazebo! The gazebo built by the film crew and it is here where Liesl sang the famous 16 going on 17 song.
The last place that I’m going to propose to all the sound of music fans is the Leopoldskron Castle. And this is kind of the important place to visit. It is here where the family lives, where they drink lemonade with the baroness on the terrace, where Maria danced with the captain in the balcony, where the children felt into the lake… a fantastic place to visit given its setting with lake and lawns.
If you are a fan of the film, you will definitely enjoy your visit in Salzburg. As you walk around the city center, you will recognize some of the place used on the film. It’s time to revive your Sound of Music experience in Salzburg! If you never watched the film, you can still enjoy the beautiful architecture of the city, just like my interrail mates!