Austria: The Sound of Music tour of Salzburg

This summertime season Kiwi Jr and I fulfilled a fantasy. We’re both Sound of music lovers — me from childhood and, well, she’s a kid — so go through the greatest Sound of Music trip and we decided to indulge our internal von Trapp.

I have been around Salzburg a few times before and enjoyed the various joys of the delightful, cultural Austrian city such as Christmas markets and foodie delights. However, this time it had been about this legendary film. To my surprise Mr Wandering Kiwi needed to join. He is a latecomer to the joys of this Sound of Music but announced himself a part of a fan to want to tour Salzburg… singing.

1 thing until you embark on the ultimate Sound of Music experience from Salzburg, you want to realise is that Austrians are not actually that into the Sound of Music. In reality you may notice that local folks have a tendency to roll their eyes when you grumble about the bus excursions blocking visitors and say the movie.

But in more recent decades Salzburgers have more on board using the happening and at 2016 there have been even a few occasions to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sound of Music.

Because there were two German movies ahead of the Rogers and Hammerstein established their Broadway series and Hollywood movie made a few years funnily enough Germans know.

It is definitely a fact that individuals from all over the world come here to experience a little of the von Trapp story’s magic.

A self-guided Audio of Music walking excursion

I’ve outlined my favorite walking tour of Salzburg before but here I will focus on the famous sites used as locations from the movie. The ideal place to begin is the Mirabell Gardens and I suggest getting in the day, prior to the tourist numbers build up. This where Maria and the children jumped up the steps involving the Unicorn figurines and tramped across the Pegasus fountain singing “Doh-a-deer etc”.

Take a quick side step into the Zwerglgarten that is oddly distinctive or ‘Dwarf Garden’, that was made in 1715 by one of the influential Prince Archbishops of Salzburg. The sculptures were modelled after dwarves who worked as entertainers from the courtroom. Can you discover the dwarf statue which the children patted during the Doh-re-mi tune?

Next walk reunite through the gardens to Schwarzstrasse and walk along (or catch a bus) to the Mozart Bridge, a pedestrian bridge across the Salzach River. Remember from the movie since they skip off to their picnic, where the children cross the bridge?

It is just a few measures to the Hohenzalzburg Fortress after which a few minutes to the cable car up to Mozartplatz as soon as you have crossed. From the fortress take the path along the Mönchsberg. This ridgeline runs high over the city, with regular views across the beautiful old town, which is obviously a Unesco World Heritage Website.   Adhere to the trails through forests to the Museum of Modern Art. The terrace of this restaurant here has a great vantage point to get a coffee stop. Maria and the children spent some time.

In case you have enough time catch the elevator in the museum to the town level to see the ancient Horse Pond in Herbert von Karajan Square, in which paraded horses by the prince-archbishops’ stables was washed off and groomed. The children and Maria paraded with this fountain.

Nearby is Summer Riding School or even the Felsenreitschule, that will be built into the. This is the point where the von Trapp family performed in the Salzburg Festival before visiting the Nazis. The Felsenreitschule was made from the early 17th century in the area where rock was quarried to build the cathedral. It’s been one of the most important concert venues of Salzburg since 1926. Its stage as well as arcades hewn out of the rock. Able to adapt an audience of as many as 1,437 individuals, it is but one of the most important concert venues of Salzburg. You need to arrange a excursion unless you attend a performance of course, to see the 96 arcades of the theater.

Now return the way you have come back over the Mönchsberg beyond and the elevator the Hohensalzburg up   taking the path signposted to Nonnburg.   The Nonnberg is a monastery that functioned since the abbey of Maria from the movie. Here over green forests, the city and areas the prognosis is under the shadow of this castle, and outside of the Untersberg town mountain. It is possible to start looking into precisely the gates when they asked after Maria the von Trapp children did.

Carry on down Nonnberggasse, beyond the charming villas and drop down to the parkland below. In the crossroads of the park is really a lonely cabin — after the castle executioner’s home. Don’t forget to look behind you … in the view of this glorious Hohensalzburg Fortress.

On the side of this park stick to a trail having a small cycle and cross the street. A Salzburg Prince-Archbishop constructed from the late 1730s this rococo palace. Today it is probably more famous as the von Trapp family house from the film… but you can not go inside unless you are something related to the American educational institution that conducts it. A wander across the shores of this lake is an idyllic way and from the side of the lake you get a fantastic view of the terrace where many key scenes are all set.

Climb every hill around the Untersberg

You can add this on to a Sound of Music wander or even do the trip. The Untersberg cable auto ferries you up to 2,000 metres — frequently into the clouds — around Salzburg town mountain. The views from the top are all dramatic, taking in the beautiful city and its surrounding meadows, craggy hills and limpid lakes that are blue.

From the movie Maria clarifies the Untersberg because her house mountain and the last scenes of the von Trapp family were filmed here. The introduction “Hills are Alive” scenes have been filmed around the meadows across the German side of this mountain.

Of course, by crossing off the Untersberg, you are got into Germany instead of Switzerland and the household captured the train in the USA to finally and Italy safety. So I’m not complaining, nonetheless, it’s a fantastic finale.

We spent a few hours up on high, walking and enjoying the views. By remaining on the trails take care of the sensitve ecosystem of this Untersberg. You could hike up but it is a steep climb make sure the weather conditions are so good and wear good hiking boots.

In which the Untersberg cable automobile is located, it is not hard to get to Grodig’s village. Only catch the No. 25 bus in the rail station or because it passes through the city.

Hellbrunn Palace so that you could stop there on the way back to see the Trick Fountains and enjoy the beautiful parkland is also passed by the bus. As well as the summer house from the movie, near Hellbrunn you might see the house that was used for its facade shots of the von Trapp mansion in combination with this Leopoldskron terrace. It is just over the path.

Have a Sound of Music bus excursion

There are a number of distinct types of Audio of Music mentor tour in Salzburg. There’s one with Grey Lines the first Panorama excursion, and also a trip. In certain ways it is more gratifying to do your own tour of Music websites of Sound, with time get up close to the sights and to take photographs. On the bus it is often just a encounter.

However, I wanted a little ‘cheese’. I wanted laughter and singing and information. The very best way is on a tour. You need to note there’s a line of small print (in German) about the Panorama ad that says there’ll be singing this excursion. Just so that you know what to anticipate.

I recommend getting there early to be sure you get a good seat. We were happy to be sitting in the front in which the power and sense of pleasure rode high! Our guide’s name was Anna but she also answers to “Maria” or even “Julie”.

The first half of this tour was full of details regarding the filming, the performers and the first story and stopped passed sights. There are some wonderful footage of the shoot as well as screens on the bus on which we saw clips from the movie. Particularly the scene, however I will not be a spoiler.

The tour heads out to Hellbrunn Palace to see the summer house that set the scene to Liesl and Rolf’s “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” number and the “Something Good” duet between Maria and Georg von Trapp. It was from the grounds of Leopoldskron however was moved out here a few years ago.   If you want to tour the palace and reasons of Hellbrunn correctly (highly recommended) you will have to see individually.

One of performing the coach tour of the big advantages is that it is a simple method to see the beautiful landscape of mountains and lakes especially if you have limited time. The excursion travels out through the countryside beyond the gorgeous lakes Fuschl and Mondsee.

From the lakeside town of Mondsee a half-hour halt is to enjoy the surroundings and have a look within the fabulous church of St Michael’s, in which the wedding scene has been filmed. There are a few equally pubs and bakeries.

Items brightened up considerably from the next half although I started to feel the excursion was a small bit staid. That’s when the singing started, which really made it to get Wandering Kiwi Jr and I. Anna turned out to be an exceptional singer and we increased the roof using renditions of our favorite things/songs.

Just how do Mr Wandering Kiwi feel in the excursion? He wasn’t the sole husband/father joining the tour with varying levels of enthusiasm. He was a bit taken aback to hear the tour is four hours long… But since Anna pointed out, it’s just four hours of your whole life and a happy wife equals a happy lifestyle… Regrettably, he felt it spoilt his hot feelings about the movie to find out all of the background details. The fantasy a little shattered. Aaawwww!

Watch the Sound of Music in the Salzburg Marionette Theatre

To cap off your Sound of Music expertise in Salzburg, make sure to see a series at the early Salzburg Marionette Theatre, that has been inscribed around the Unesco world heritage record. This theater on Schwarzstrasse includes a selection of productions that bring to mind the ‘Lonely Goatherd’ Occasions drama and we were fortunate enough to watch their fabulous creation of the Sound of Music.

Until just five years ago the Salzburg Marionette Theatre had been guided by the Aicher loved ones, who put in 1913 in their first series. That’s 100 decades of tradition and the present directors and expression are enthusiastic about carrying their vision of what is truly a unique speech.

The performance is in English but there are subtitles on a display in a number of distinct languages. From the lobby are if you get a chance have a look in which the theater regularly sends and exhibits of scenes and puppets in performances puppets for screen. These works of art are made in workshops here from the theater.

I loved it in the conclusion of the series the curtains fall back to reveal the puppeteers over the point, looking strangely enormous and quite exhausted in their efforts (although smiling). It is incredible to think of perspiration and all of the skill that enter this top quality marionette theater.

The Salzburg Marrionette Theatre provides a superb mix of child-like fairytale with a suitable (grown-up) theater experience and I hope that mix proceeds to discuss its wisdom for countless years to come. I recommend getting a little dressed up and making a night of this.

Buy a Salzburg Card

City discount cards are not always worthwhile but since everything in Salzburg is rather near and easy to get to, you do end up with the Salzburg Card a good deal. It’s simple to purchase online or pick up in the tourist info office in Mozartplatz.

Even the Wandering Kiwi family employed it to get its Untersberg cable car (as well as the bus to the base channel), ” The Hohensalzberg Fortress (and the funicular up the mountain), Hellbrunn Palace (and the bus and back), the Mozart House, the Modern Art Museum,as well as some other random bus rides which saved tired little legs during our time in Salzburg. The card also got us a 10% discount on the Panorama Sound of Music tour (this is not official but inquire) and portion of this bus fare to Lake Fuschl.

A quick calculation shows that we’d have spent a minimum of 100 Euros per adult on the aforementioned, whereas the 72-hour Salzburg card price 42 Euros. That’s a no-brainer.

We were too busy singing although we might probably have fitted into a draws that were included!

Now go and see the movie again and again be moved to see beautiful Salzburg!

From Natasha von Geldern

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