If you are a fan of The Sound of Music and traveling to Austria, you probably should consider taking the Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg. It is a great way to take in the beautiful landscape of Austria where a few of the scenes of the movie The Sound of Music were filmed.
On the Original Sound of Music tour, you will travel by bus to several destinations where scenes were actually filmed along with other other beautiful Austrian landmarks. During the tour, your tour guide will be able to provide you background information about the movie and the sites you will be seeing.
You may already know this, but only a few scenes from the Sound of Music were actually filmed in Austria. Most were filmed in a studio back in the United States.
While on the Original Sound of Music tour, we watched scenes from the movie and even enjoyed singing along with the sound track!
On the Original Sound of Music Tour you will visit:
You will see Leopoldskron Palace sitting on a beautiful lake. This is the location where the famous boating scene was filmed. You know, the one where everyone falls in the water?
With a pair of binoculars (bring these), you will also be able to see the Captain’s backyard and private palace gardens.
Hellbrunn Palace, Gazebo
During your Original Sound of Music Tour you’ll get to see the Gazebo where “sixteen going on seventeen” was filmed. While it isn’t in its original location, the structure is the one used in filming (it was rebuilt in the gardens of Hellbrunn Palace so visitors could enjoy it).
If you’ve seen the Sound of Music, you will know these walls as soon as you see them.
This is exactly where they filmed the scene in which Maria arrives at the Von Trapp mansion for the first time. It is also where they filmed the scene where they roll the car out of the drive when trying to escape the night of the show.
Nearby, you will also find the road where they filmed the scene where children were hanging from the trees (when Baron Von Trapp is arriving home from visiting the Baroness).
Salzburg Lake District
The highlight of the trip is visiting the lake district where panorama shots and scenes of the picnic were filmed. You will stop there long enough to take in the crisp mountain air and get some pictures with the lovely scenery.
Mondsee – Wedding Chapel
The bus will make a stop in the town of Mondsee, the small lakeside town. Here you will see the famous church (Basilika St. Michael) where the wedding of Maria and Baron von Trapp was filmed in The Sound of Music.
While the movie wedding took place inside the church, the outside of it was never shown in the movie. It’s a shame, because it is quite lovely.
On the day we were there, we were unable to see the interior which I am sure is quite beautiful!
One of the most famous scenes from The Sound of Music was filmed in the beautiful Mirabell Gardens. This is where the song “Do-Re-Mi” was filmed. After or before joining the tour, we recommend seeing the gardens on your own exploring the Pegasus Fountain as well as the Do-Re-Mi steps!
Salzburg is such an amazing city~ full of history, charm and beautiful landscapes. The Sound of Music (while amazing) doesn’t give this place justice!
You really must see it in person. It is breath-taking.
While a tour of this sort isn’t for everyone (especially those who don’t know the movie well), we love The Sound of Music and found The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg a great way to see this region of Austria.
Have you been on the Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg? What was your favorite part?