The Sound of Music, 1965

Director

Robert Wise

Cast

visit Salzburg

Salzburg: Flights: Salzburg WA Mozart Airport

Salzburg: Tourism

Visit Salzburg

Several companies offer Sound of Music tours which visit the locations: try Bob’s Special Tours (tel: 0662. 872484) or Panorama Tours, Mirabell Square (tel: 0662.871618)

Stay at: Villa Trapp, Traunstraße 34, 5026 Salzburg (tel: +43 (0) 662.630.860) (rail: Bahnhof Aigen)


Trivia

WWII actioner Where Eagles Dare, with Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton, was filmed at the village of Werfen, about half an hour by train from Salzburg. The European hotel in Just Married, with Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy, is the same castle.

The Sound of Music filming location: Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg, Austria

The Sound of Music filming location: The Do-Re-Mi steps in the Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg, Austria

The Do-Re-Mi number begins atop the Monchsberg Cliffs, on Winkler Terrace which you can reach from the Monchsberg elevator in Anton Neumayrplatz, at the end of the Gstattengasse shopping street.

The picnic is at the village of Werfen, 25 miles south of Salzburg in the Salzach River valley (where you can also visit the castle from wartime action movie Where Eagles Dare).

The number continues at Mirabell Gardens, on Schwarzstrasse, over the Salzach River behind Schloss Mirabell, where you’ll find the fountains, statues and, famously, the flight of steps on which the children hop. The little footbridge over which the von Trapps skip is Mozart Steg, north of Mozart Platz.

The Sound of Music filming location: the gazebo, Schloss Hellbrunn, Salzburg, Austria

The Sound of Music filming location: The Sixteen Going On Seventeen gazebo: Schloss Hellbrunn, Salzburg, Austria

The Von Trapp gazebo, used for Sixteen Going On Seventeen, once stood in the grounds of Leopoldskron, but constant trespassing resulted in it being moved and reconstructed in the ornamental gardens of Schloss Hellbrunn, Morzger Strasse, toward the south of Salzburg. And another cheat. It was recreated, slightly larger, back at 20th Century-Fox in Hollywood for the interior shots.

The Sound of Music filming location: Mondsee Cathedral, Mondsee, Austria

The Sound of Music filming location: Maria’s wedding: Mondsee Cathedral, Mondsee, Austria

Maria’s wedding, which took place in Nonnberg Abbey, was filmed in the baroque, twin-towered church of Mondsee, about 15 miles east of Salzburg on the E55/E60.

The Sound of Music filming location: Mondsee Cathedral, Mondsee, Austria

The Sound of Music filming location: Maria’s wedding: Mondsee Cathedral, Mondsee, Austria

The Anschluss scene, Austria’s enforced unity with Nazi Germany, was staged back in the centre of Salzburg itself in Residenzplatz.

The music festival, at which the von Trapp family perform their disappearing act, is at the Felsenreitschule (‘Rock Riding School’) on Toscaninihof, a massive rock arena built by the Romans for tournaments and part of the Festspielhaus.

The Sound of Music filming location: Felsenreitschule, the ‘Rock Riding School’, Salzburg, Austria

The Sound of Music filming location: The Von Trapp Family performs at the music festival: Felsenreitschule, the ‘Rock Riding School’, Salzburg, Austria

Despite what some overenthusiastic tour guides might tell you, the cemetery in which the von Trapps hide from the Nazis is a Hollywood studio set, though its design is clearly based on St Peter’s Graveyard, which you can see just off Kapitelplatz.

The mountain over which the family finally escapes to freedom is Mount Obersalzburg (once proposed as the site for Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest hideaway), near the village of Rossfeld, on the 319, 12 miles south of Salzburg.

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