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Salzburg - Perform the sound of music

Follow in the footsteps of the Von Trapp Family as you explore the Musical heritage of Salzburg

Perform in the beautiful Mirabell Gardens, a baroque horticultural masterpiece – and the iconic site where Maria and the children danced and sang “Do-Re-Mi.” The Pegasus fountain and the hedge arcade will be instantly recognizable to all Sound of Music fans.

Highlights of Salzburg

 Nonnberg Abbey

The Abbey on the Nonnberg is significant both for the real Trapp story as well as for the movie. After graduating from college, Maria Augusta von Kutschera took a train to Salzburg to present herself as a candidate for the novitiate of the Benedictine Sisterhood. After serving as a governess outside the abbey she and Baron von Trapp married in the Abbey Church in 1927. The Sound of Music scenes shot here include the opening part where nuns go to mass and Maria returns too late. The performance for the song "Maria" was staged in the courtyard of the Abbey. The children came to the Abbey's gate to ask Maria to return to their home. The escape scene, with the cars parked outside the Abbey gate, was also shot in the original spot.

Rock Riding School

This building is a theatre and the "real" Trapp family sang here at a choir competition. In the motion picture, Christopher Plummer sang "Edelweiss" while their escape was organized behind the curtain. The Horse Pond next to the Festival Building is another sight a lot of people associate with The Sound of Music. 

Frahnburg Palace & Salzburg Residence

The Baroque Frohnburg Palace was built in the 17th century as a country house for the Prince Archbishops. Its facade, courtyard and front gate were used for the Trapp Villa in the film. Maria arrived here, after dancing along the Hellbrunn Alley, to meet the von Trapps for the first time. The baron tore the flag down from above the castle's doorway when they returned from their honeymoon and heard about the German occupation of Austria.  Today, the castle houses music students from the Mozarteum Music Academy. The Residence Square is the heart of the old city centre. In the film, Maria crossed this square singing "I have confidence" while on her way to the Trapp family home for the first time.

 Castle Hellbrunn

Just a few kilometres south of the city, the castle was built around 1619 and remains relatively unchanged in 2019, so visitors can enjoy the scenery of this renaissance park.  One of the main sites from the film is the glass gazebo, setting for various love scenes, like "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Something Good". After a complete renovation, it was reconstructed in the park of Hellbrunn Palace. 

Castle Leopoldskron

The Palace at Leopoldskron is the most beautiful rococo building in the Salzburg region, built in 1731. Schloss Leopoldskron was one of the most important locations for the film: The rear view was used for the Trap Family home. The family drank lemonade with the baroness on the terrace. Maria and the baron dance on the balcony during the ball scene, and the children fell into the adjacent lake. The Venetian room from the castle was copied and used as the ballroom for the interior shootings which were done in the studios.

 Villa Trapp

The historic Villa Trapp served as the centre of the Trapps family life between 1923 to 1938. The charming villa was built in 1863 set in parkland. Soon after the family’s financial situation became precarious, Maria rented out rooms for guests. A large room was converted into a chapel. It was this holy room where the historic meeting between Maria and Father Franz Wasner took place; Wasner was sent by the bishop to hold the Easter mass in 1936, not knowing that the “Trapp Family Choir” would change his life forever.  In 1938, the Trapps left forever.  Today, the Villa Trapp has regained its old glory. and you can relive the Von Trapp family story again - the first confession of love between Maria and the Baron, the laughter of a child in the large staircase, the first melodies from the lips of the Family Choir under the branches of the trees… to world stardom.

 

 

Sample itinerary

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Depart on your flight to Salzburg Spend the afternoon sightseeing in the wonderful old town Check in to your accommodation & enjoy an evening meal
2 After breakfast head out on a full day tour of the Salzburg festival district. You will explore the beautiful streets and buildings of Salzburg where one of the worlds’ most famous music festivals in the world takes place every year. Highlights of the day will include Nonnberg Abbey, the Rock Riding School, Castle Fronburg and the residence Return to the Hotel for an evening meal and free time
3 After breakfast head out on a full day tour of the region of Salzburg. The "Salzkammergut" extends over the entire area of lakes belonging to the Alps and Lower Alps. Three Austrian Provinces, Salzburg, Styria, and Upper Austria, share this unique countryside. Highlights of the day will include Castle Hellbrunn, Castle Leopoldskron, the Lake District and Villa Trapp This afternoon we will head to the Mirabell Gardens to perform in front of a live audience of tourists and locals* Return to the Hotel for an evening meal and free time
4 Today is your last day in Salzburg and time to head out for lunch in one of the many plaza's, before departing to the airport by coach Return flights back to the UK

* The performance time may change and audience is subject to local interest 

What's Included 

  • Return flights London Gatwick to Salzburg including hand luggage only
  • Airport transfers to the Hotel in Salzburg
  • 2 full day excursions in Salzburg
  • 3 nights accommodation at Hotel Jufa Salzburg City (or similar)
  • Half Board Meals
  • Choir performance in the Mirabell Gardens within the Palace grouds

 

Optional Extras

  • Hold Luggage up to 20 kgs
  • Travel insurance