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The Sound of Music Locations

By Nahoko Sato |

Enjoy a trip to Salzburg and come alive with The Sound of Music and a piece of cake!


“Edelweiss, Edelweiss, every morning you greet me…” Have you ever heard this song? If you’re mad about movies, you’ll know this melody was sung in the film The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews. Well, we recently watched the movie again and it inspired us to travel to Salzburg, Austria to visit the locations where it was filmed.

The movie takes place in 1938, at the end of World War II, in Austria. Maria, who was about to become a nun, was sent to the von Trapp family mansion to become the governess of the Naval officer and widower Captain Georg von Trapp’s seven children. What they never imagined was that Maria’s unique style of teaching and educating would change their lives forever.


Your first stop will be Mirabell Palace and Gardens (Schloss Mirabell in German). This palace was built by archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his lover Salome Alt and her kids in 1606. It’s a beautiful Renaissance complex where much of the song “Do Re Mi” was filmed. On the background of this scenery, you will see Hohensalzburg Fortress towering over Salzburg. Capture this moment with your camera and then visit the interior of the palace. On the second floor you’ll find the marmorsaal, a room in which the famous musician Mozart once played!


As you sing along to the popular songs that make up the movie’s soundtrack, visit the Felsenreitschule Theater. It was originally used as Archibishop Johann Ernst von Thun’s summer riding school; that’s why you’ll notice that the stage is all surrounded by conglomerate rock. However, since 1926 it has been used as a theatre and as a venue of the Salzburger Festpiele (Salzburg Festival). The Felsenreitschule was also used as location in The Sound of Music. Actually, it’s the site of the music festival in which the Captain sang Edelweissjust before exile. Are you a good singer? Sing along!


Your final stop is Leopoldskron Palace. It was built by Leopold Anton Eleutherius Freiherr von Firmian in 1736. It’s a fabulous Rococo style building that now houses a luxurious hotel. This palace’s façade facing a lake was used to represent the von Trapp family’s residence. In the movie, when the Captain came back from Vienna, he found his children and Maria having a good time on a boat in the lake just in front of the house, so you’ll surely remember the scene during your visit. Actually, you’ll also remember Maria and the children climbing up the stairs of the building’s front entrance after the boat capsized!


After visiting these lovely spots, pamper yourself with a famous chocolate dessert: the sachertorte. This tasty cake was first made by Franz Sacher, who worked for Klemens von Metternich. In 1832, Sacher was ordered to make a special sweet for Klemens von Metternich and his friends and that’s how the sachertorte was created.

Enjoy coming alive with the sound of music and a piece of cake!