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Posted on October 21, 2016 by Sioux under General
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“The Sound of Music” is one of my most favourite movies and was certainly my beloved mom’s #1 movie. And now I was heading to a lot of the venues used for the filming of the movie. I knew there would be tears along the way for me, as the songs from the movie were played on the tour bus.


Our guide was brilliant. He had a fantastic sense of humour and made the trip entertaining from start to finish. Well worth every minute and every penny spent! Would I do the tour again – most definately yes!

Hellbrunn Palace is an early Baroque villa of palatial size, near Morzg, a southern district of the city of Salzburg. It was built in 1613–19 by Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, and named for the “clear spring” that supplied it. Hellbrunn was only meant for use as a day residence in summer, as the Archbishop usually returned to Salzburg in the evening, therefore, there are no bedrooms in Hellbrunn. 

Schloss Leopoldskron is a rococo palace and a national historic monument in Leopoldskron-Moos, a southern district of the city of Salzburg, Austria. The palace is located on the lake Leopoldskroner Weiher.


The palace has been home to Salzburg Global Seminar since 1947 and is used as luxury hotel since 2014. During WW2, a bomb exploded in the garden. It shattered the windows, destroyed a chandelier in the library and on the ground floor, and sent shrapnel fragments into the wall murals in the Chinese room. It also damaged the stucco work in the south facade. Traces of the damage can still be seen today.


10 of the movie’s outdoor scenes were filmed here. The interior palace was never used as the Von Trapp villa. Indoor scenes were actually filmed on an adjacent property. The scene of Maria and the children falling into the lake were also filmed here.


During filming, it was discovered that the youngest star couldn’t swim and with the scene having to be reshot three times, Julie Andrews had to ensure she was close enough to pull the youngster out of the water as soon as possible! 

The Petersfriedhof or St. Peter’s Cemetery – together with the burial site at Nonnberg Abbey – is the oldest cemetery in the city, and is

located at the foot of the Festungsberg with Hohensalzburg Castle. Its origins date back to about 700, when the adjacent St. Peter’s Abbey was established by

Saint Rupert of Salzburg. The abbey’s cemetery, probably at the site of an even earlier burial place, was first mentioned in an 1139 deed, the oldest tombstone dates to 1288. It was here, in the movie, that Maria, the Captain and the Von Trapp children hid from the Germans, making it one of Salzburg’s most popular tourist attractions. 

A short visit, but well worth every minute. I could almost hear the music in the hills, they truly were alive! Salzburg, I will be back.     

                                     Mirabell Palace is an historical building in the city of Salzburg, Austria. The palace with its gardens is a listed cultural heritage monument and part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg UNESCO World Heritage Site.


On 3 June 1944, Gretl Braun, the sister of Eva Braun (later to marry Adolf Hitler), married SS Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein, who served as Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler’s liaison officer on Hitler’s staff. Their wedding took place at Mirabell Palace with Hitler, Himmler, and Martin Bormann as witnesses. Her sister Eva made all the wedding arrangements.


The gardens were originally made accessible to the public under Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. In later years, several scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed here. Maria and the children sang ‘Do-Re-Mi’ while dancing around the horse fountain and using the steps as a musical scale; making it a very popular tourist attraction in Salzburg. 


Nonnberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, is high a hillside overlooking the Altstadt (old town) of Salzburg.


Through Maria Augusta Kutschera, later Maria Augusta von Trapp, who was a postulant in the abbey after World War I and whose life was the basis for the film The Sound of Music, the abbey has acquired international fame.


The convent at Nonnberg Abbey is said to be the oldest in the German speaking world and is still run as a convent today, so visits and tours inside the complex are not allowed.


Mondsee Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in Mondsee in Upper Austria. In 748 Mondsee Abbey

was founded by Odilo, Duke of Bavaria. The abbey tradition was that the first monks came from

Monte Cassino in Italy. In 788, after the fall of Duke Tassilo III, Mondsee became an Imperial abbey.


In 1965 the church was used for the filming of the wedding scene in the movie. While we were inside, my niece lit a candle for her grandad (my father).

The pagoda used in the film for the scenes of “I am 16 going on 17” and where Maria and Captain von Trapp danced to “Something good” is in the grounds of Hellbrunn Palace. It was moved here from Schloss Leopoldskron due to in the increased number of visitors, after the movie became popular.



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