You can actually have a Sound of Music holiday

The hills are alive with the sound of you booking a trip to Austria. How do you solve a problem of finding things to do? We’ve got some ideas for you, but it’s far; a long, long way to run so we’d recommend a flight. Don’t worry though, it’s not a Trapp! It’s a place full of our favourite things, so climb ev’ry mountain and say so long, farewell to home, and make your way to Austria to have a Sound of Music holiday.

The musical film is set in Salzburg in 1938, and many of the scenes were filmed in and around the Austrian town. So for fans of the film, here’s our guide to having The Sound of Music holiday, as seen by you.



The opening scene where Maria is singing on the mountain is arguably the most iconic scene in the whole film. The mountain it was filmed on is called Mehlweg, which can be found near the Bavarian village of Markt Schallenberg, about six miles from Salzburg.


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The interiors of the convent where recreated in a studio, however the exterior is a real life abbey. Called Nonnberg Abbey it can be found in Salzburg. It is possible to visit the abbey courtyard and even have a look inside the chapel, however the interiors do look different to what was created for the film.





The song ‘I Have Confidence in Me’ was filmed in Salzburg’s Old Town, in the Residenzplatz. There you can see the Domplatz arches, which Maria walks through, and the Resident Fountain, where she briefly splashes.





The Von Trapp’s family home is a combination of different locations. The tree-line lane which Maria walks down after getting off the bus, is Hellbrunner Allee, which runs south from the old town in Salzburg. The Mozarteum Music Academy was used for the front entrance of the villa.

The lakeside terrace at the rear of the Von Trapp home was filmed at Schloss Leopoldskron, a rococo castle in the southwest of Salzburg.





The song ‘My Favourite Things’ is a montage of shots from a variety of locations around Salzburg. The footbridge that the Von Trapps skip over at the beginning of he song is called the Mozart Steg and can be found north of Mozart Platz.

The market place where Maria juggles a few tomatoes is on Kajetanerplatz, which is just north of Nonnberg Abbey.






The song ‘Do-Re-Mi’ is also a montage of different places. It starts in a meadow above the village of Werfen, which is about 25 miles south of Salzburg in the Salzach River valley.

They then return to Salzburg and appear atop the Monchsberg Cliffs, on Humboldt Terrace, which can be reached from the Monchsberg elevator in Anton Nuemayrplatz.

The end of the song was filmed at Mirabell Gardens, on Schwarzstrasse, where you can see fountains and statues from the film. Also there, are the flight of steps the children famously hopped up and down.






The gazebo that featured in ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ was used to stand in the grounds of Leopoldskron, however due to people trespassing it was moved to the ornamental gardens of Schloss Hellbrunn.


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So, I’m not quite 🎶Sixteen Going on Seventeen 🎶, but the hills were still alive and well. 🎶I have confidence🎶 that I made great use of my time today! I’m a little {salzy} about the rain, but that’s all part of the Salzburg experience. (Salz = salt. Get it?) Didn’t run into 🎶The Lonely Goatherd🎶 because he’s probably in for the season.🤷🏼‍♀️ Shout out to my fellow lone traveler for being my photographer for the day! 🇦🇹🏔🌧🍁❤️. . Fun fact: Austrians literally have no clue what The Sound of Music is. I forgive them. Their country is gorgeous. . |Salzburg| . #studyabroad #iesabroad #soundofmusictour #salzburgpanoramatours #originalsoundofmusictour

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Maria’s wedding was a very impressive and grand scene. It was filmed in the baroque, twin-towered St Michael’s Church in Mondsee, which is about 15 miles east of Salzburg.





The music festival where the Von Trapp family sing together before disappearing was filmed at the Felsenreitschule. It is a 1400 seat theatre, that was built in an old rock quarry for Archbishop Johann Ernst von Thun in 1693.





The final scene of the film depicts the Von Trapp family hiking over a mountain top as they escape the Nazi’s and make their way to freedom. This scene was filmed on a mountain above the village of Obersalzburg, which is about 12 miles south of Salzburg.




There are actually tours you can book to go on; take a look here at Panorama tours.


Now I don’t know about you, but I really want to watch the film now.





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I'm from Yorkshire in England so you can imagine I love drinking well-brewed tea. Lots of tea. I also love to travel and have adventures, while taking photos to capture the moment.

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