The opening scene hill at Mehlweg

Please Note - THIS LAND IS PRIVATE PROPERTY

by Richard
( Yarm on Tees, N.E.England )



I have been to the opening scene hill where Julie does her twirl, and thought I would give directions on here, so others may be able to find it too.

From Salzburg head towards Berchtesgaden in Germany, which is about 15 miles away.You will cross the border into Germany after about 8 miles,and just after this you will be in Marktschellenbeg.It is a small village,and you will cross a small bridge over water, and see a church on your left. There is only one other road from the centre of the village, this goes off to the left just after the church. Take this turn and then head off to the right,and follow the signs for Mehlweg. It is quite a climb,about 3 miles to the end of the road, which will lead to the area known as Mehlweg. The road comes to an end at the very top. About 200 metres from the top, look for a small blue sign on the left which says Mehlweg 1,3,5,7, which leads to 3 houses and a farm. Take this road and head up to the farm,and then pass to the right of the farm. This will lead to a field, and if you look up to your right the hill is there. Climb up and once you are on the hill it should be recognisable. There is some cable car machinery on the hill now. I don't know if this is private land or not, but I have been there twice (2005 and 2007), and have never been bothered.
Of course if you are coming from Berchtesgaden then the church and turning will be on your right.


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any update for visiting Mehlweg meadow?
by: chris

Enjoyed perusing your site! Hard to tell when some of these comments and information were posted as I can't see any dates. Just wondering if there has been any updates on gaining access to the Mehlweg meadow site such as friendly owner allowing it (with personal permission) or annoyed owner not appreciating people bothering him/her?
Thanks again for the site!

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be still, my heart
by: Fran

I had the pleasure of the Sound of Music at age 9, and fell in love with all things Julie Andrews at that time. I was thrilled to see it replayed on network TV at Christmas 2015, and this now-59 year old woman fell in love all over again. Now that I have it recorded, I have watched it countless times and love seeing the nuances in it I missed as a child.and my adult appreciation for the splendor of the scenery in the SoM is unmatched in any film I have seen. I have read and enjpyed each and every comment from those who have made or attempted the pilgrimage to find the places where the movie was filmed. I believe one reason I'm so enthralled with this movie is, besides the cinematography, is the innocence of the era.top-notch films need NO sex, cursing, and violence!

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Mehlweg Meadow is Private Property
by: Linda from The Sound of Music Guide

Dear readers,

We have been contacted by the landowner of the meadow at Mehlweg where the opening scene of The Sound of Music movie was filmed. He has asked us to inform visitors to our website that the meadow is on his private property and access is strictly prohibited. He has informed us that people have also been passing through his private garden to find the meadow, which of course is unacceptable.

As we have stated previously, it is paramount to be respectful to the owners of the land and on no account do we condone trespassing.

Your consideration regarding this is greatly appreciated.

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Staying at Leopoldskron
by: Allan

Hi gang,

I'm in Salzburg and have just spent two incredible days in a suite in Schloss Leopoldskron. If at all possible, if you're planning a trip to "Sound-Of-Music-Land", please, PLEASE, make a stay here a priority! The window of my "suite" (a bedroom and bathroom)opened up to a view straight from the film!!! The Untersburg was as centered in my window as if it had been painted! And, having access to the exact locations of all the "backyard" scenes was just thrilling!

As you may know, the Schloss requested a sum too high for Fox to pay to be able to film on the main grounds, but arrangements were made to film to the side of the main building, where the Meierhoff is now. The horse-headed statues, the lake-gate, and the walkway were replicated about 100 feet from the originals. Today, the steps down into the lake and the paved walkway still exist, with a bench for sitting and dreaming at the top of the steps. Luckily, the one full day I had there was bright and sunny. It's been raining since!

Now, the "downside". The Schloss is actually more of an upscale "bed and breakfast", meaning you handle your own luggage and there is no "room-service". A breakfast buffet is part of your stay, but any other meal is on your own. The extensive grounds of the Schloss are home to many and large families of ducks and geese. This is as much a charm as anything else, BUT...they be waterbirdie droppin's EVERwhar!!! "Watch your step" never applied more appropriately! :-) But, be all that as it may be, I wouldn't change a thing! There are only 16 "suites" in the Schloss, so there were many times it seemed as if I had the entire property all to myself! That was a BIG plus, too - being able to photograph inside and out without "strangers" here and there. The Venetian Room, the inspiration for the von Trapps' ballroom, was much smaller than its screen counterpart, but breathtaking nonetheless. And, equally as impressive was the library with its curved/scalloped design done in warm woods and marbles. Just a STUNNING experience!!! Now, ya'll send good thoughts that the famous Salzburg rain lets up and lets the sun come back...hehehe.

All my best,
Allan


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To Andy
by: Richard

Thanks Andy for posting your comments re the opening scene hill. It is always good to hear that my directions helped you to find it. Hope you have dried out by now.

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Done it!
by: Andy

Whoo-hoo-hoo! We found the hill. It's definitely, definitely the hill.

I went on May 12th 2013 (my birthday) and it was pouring down.

Undeterred, I got out of my car and set off for the walk up. The grass was knee high, cow pats everywhere and I must have fallen over several times... by the time I reached the top I was soaked through, tired and cold... but it was so worth it.

Thank you for the directions.

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Well done Allan!
by: Linda from The Sound of Music Guide

Thanks again Allan for your excellent detective work! I am sure this information will be very useful to our readers.

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Carriage ride location found!
by: Allan

Airvue - we talked briefly some time ago about wondering where the "carriage ride" sequence from "Do-Re-Mi" was filmed. Well, after a really fun exercise in "Detecting 101", I have found it! The shell embellishment you see behind the carriage at the beginning of the sequence, is the water fountain between the two staircases that are the entrance to "Erhardkirche" (St. Erhard's Church) at Nonntaler Hauptstrasse 12. If you are at Maria's door where she leaves Nonnburg and look out over that part of the old city, the three steeples closest to you are those of the location. The church is on the south side of Nonnburg.

In trying to find this location, I also found the spot for the marketplace during the "My Favorite Things" sequence. The building you see directly behind the table of vegetables where Maria juggles the tomatoes, is Kajetanerkirche (St. Cajetan's Church", at Kajetanerplatz 1a. This is located as far north of Nonnburg as Erhardkirche is to the south - in other words, just a light stone's throw away. Now.......do I get a gold star? ;-)

Just a little more than a month away and I, Lord willing and the proverbial creek doesn't rise, will be on my way back to Salzburg. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

All the best to everyone,
Allan

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Driving in Austria
by: Allan

Airvue - thanks so much for the story of your exasperating prelude to your favorite vacation. I could see this happening to me too easily....hehehe. Luckily, my last trip to Salzburg confirmed that the city is filled with very nice people who are very generous with their willingness to help. I've been researching online about driving in Austria, and an International Driver's License has been strongly recommended on every website I've visited. For others who may need to know, they are easily obtained at any AAA office for around $10.00. Thanks especially for the heads-up on reserving a car in advance. Had you not mentioned this, I would have simply gone to the agency and asked for a car as you did. But, then again, the staff at the hotel where I stayed, the Crowne-Pitter, were happy to help me with anything I needed; directions, etc.

I'm still a bit worried about road signs; speed limits, cautions, warnings, etc. But, it sounds like this was not a problem for you. Uh........what do you think about taking another trip to Salzburg around the end of May......hehehe. It sure would be nice to have someone to photograph me on "Maria's hill", searching for that elusive "female deer" in the "Do-Re-Mi" meadow, etc. ;-)

All the best as always,
Allan

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Car Rental Part 2
by: Airvue

The next morning, the manager of the hotel dropped me off at a mini mart in Berchtesgaden where they had cars for rent. The lady behind the counter would not rent me a car because my Michigan driver's license is labeled "Operator's License". I couldn't convince her that it really was a driver's license!

So I called another taxi to take me to the Salzburg airport, where I went up to the Budget car rental counter and asked to rent a car. They asked for my reservation number and I said I didn't have one. Their answer? We can't rent you a car unless you have a reservation!!!!

Exasperated, I once again called a taxi that dropped me off at an internet cafe in Salzburg. There, on the German language keyboard, I managed to reserve a car online with Budget. Then I called another taxi to take me back to Salzburg Airport where the same person gladly rented me a car!

From that point on, my vacation went without a hitch. I had no problem whatsoever driving anywhere I wanted, when I wanted and it made it possible to visit all the sites I knew about. I thought gas was expensive, but then realized that it's measured in liters rather than gallons. Still it's more expensive than in the US, but well worth it considering the freedom a car gives you.

So..... The moral of this story is: Whatever you do, rent your car BEFORE you go! It will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive and you can turn it back in at the airport when you leave.

And you'll be free to explore on your own instead of wasting time having dumb-offs about ticket machines, train rides, tour schedules, driver's licenses, German language keyboards and car reservations. :)

P.S. The validation word I have to type in order to send this email is: "CIRCUS" Pretty fitting isn't it? LOL

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Car Rental
by: Airvue

Boy do I have a story for you!

My trip was the best vacation I've ever had, but it was this very subject that had me seriously considering coming home soon after arriving.

I purchased my plane ticket and reserved my hotel both online before my trip. But I decided that a "scenic" train ride through the Alps from Munich to Berchtesgaden would be a nice way to start off and I would just rent a car when I got to Berchtesgaden. Huge mistake!!!

I hired a taxi from the Munich airport to the nearest train station. When I arrived, it was deserted and I couldn't make heads or tells out of the German labeled ticket machine. All I knew was that none of the words were "Berchtesgaden"! Soon people started appearing and one kind lady helped me purchase a ticket. That got me to the downtown train hub in Munich, where once again I was lost, none of the words on the ticket machine were "Berchtesgaden" and another person (for a tip) helped my buy another ticket. From Munich, the train went to another station in the middle of nowhere and everyone got off the train. After sitting on the train for a few minutes, I decided that maybe the train wasn't going to take me to Berchtesgaden after all?!?! So I got off to discover that the engine had disconnected from the train cars and was gone! Once again, I was in a deserted train station without a clue! So, I took the nearest stairway and found myself at a lower level where there were people everywhere boarding trains and buses. Eventually, I noticed a bus with a sign on the front that I thought I'd never see... Berchtesgaden! I scrambled onto the bus as it was leaving and finally, after a long ride, arrived at the Berchtesgaden train station and took a taxi to the hotel.

To Be Continued...


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Driving in Austria
by: Allan

Airvue - you mentioned you "drove right past" the church I recently posted about. This brings up a topic I've been seriously considering for my next trip to Salzburg - to rent a car and DRIVE to many of the locations we've talked about. Is it difficult for a non-German-speaking American to get the "hang" of driving over there? What can you tell me to get me prepared? Any advise would be SOOO greatly appreciated. Thanks and all the best...
Allan

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The St. Nickolas Church
by: Airvue

Thanks once again, Allan! I drove right past this church on the way to Werfen and didn't have a clue it was there. Will check it out next time!

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Hagengebirge und St. Nicolaus Kirche
by: Allan

Hi All,
Linda, I apologize for posting this here since it has nothing to do with Mehlweg, (except you drive past it to get there....hehehe) but I didn't know the best place to put it so the most number of people can see it. I've located the "Hagengebirge und St. Nicolaus Kirche" (The St. Nickolas Church, for short)!! This is the small white chapel sitting on what looks like a rock mound. You see it during the opening credits right when "Production Designed by - Boris Leven" comes on the screen. If you're going to the "Do-Re-Mi" meadow, it's just a bit over half-way between Salzburg and Werfen. It's on the west side of the Salzsach River across from Golling-on-the-Salzsach, which is on the east side. So, the next time any of the readers are in Salzburg and heading toward the Werfen meadow, it should be a definite stop! Hope everyone is well.........
All the best,
Allan

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Carriage Ride
by: Airvue

Hi Allan,

There was a series of scene location videos posted on YouTube about six years ago that show a more recent view of the street and some of the landmarks you wrote about. Unfortunately, the name of the street isn't given. You might enjoy watching them anyway. Hopefully, someone will identify this location eventually.

Kind regards to you ...

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Airvue
by: Allan

I've wondered about the location of the "Do-Re-Mi" carriage ride, too. So, "playing detective" last night, I watched that brief clip over and over, and tried my best to find it with "Google Earth". No luck. BUT - I noted some bits of information that maybe someone will have some luck with. First, let's remember this was nearly 50 years ago, so who knows how rebuilding, remodeling, moving, etc., may have changed the appearance of the location as we could see it today.

Starting with the stone steps with the water fountain in the middle, we next come to a business called "Tabak-Trafik" with S. Schactner below those words. If what I saw was actually what I think, the street address for this business is #14. But, what street IS it? The sidewalk widens and curves to the left at this business. There is another door, presumably for another business just past "Tabak-Trafik". Then the structure has a 45 degree turn to the left, with cloth coverings possibly to hide renovations of some kind. This 45 degree turn is just a few feet before it turns another 45 degrees back in the direction of the street. This little corner is all covered with drops, and flowers are being sold in front.
The next business is "Damen Friseur" which I believe has something to do with hair (a salon? barber?). Next is "Nonntalerhof Fremdenzimmer" (which I believe to be a "Bed and Breakfast") with a definite #20 (again, I'm assuming these are street numbers). Internet searches didn't yield anything concrete, either...yet. "Tabak" is German for "tobacco", so, obviously, that was a tobacco shop. So far, those are all the clues I've been able to find. Hopefully, they will spark and we'll narrow down this search.

All the best,
Allan

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Hi Allan
by: Airvue

Sorry, I forgot to identify myself in my last 2 posts. I'm glad the information regarding the ending scene was useful to you. The excitement you have at this point is similar to how I felt back several years ago when planning a trip to Salzburg. I was determined to find "Maria's Hill" but there just wasn't much information circulating the web at the time. Fortunately, I found Richard and through his kindness found the hill. From that point on, there was no looking back.

Thanks to you for the information regarding Hilfberg Kirche. I was under the impression that it was in Salzburg. No wonder I never found it. That's one more to cross off the list. :)

Another location I was unable to find was the street in Salzburg where the children and Maria were riding in the carriage during the Do-Re-Mi sequence. Do you know the name of that street?


Your comments regarding the simple country church seen in the opening credits were interesting as well. I remember from previous research someone saying that pretty much all of the scenes had been found except that one. My assumption is that maybe the church is no longer there... perhaps tore down or destroyed by fire. And unfortunately, there really isn't anything else in the scene to help identify it. I always liked the scene however, probably because of the way the wind blew through the grass in the foreground. Winds of change perhaps?

The scene that always seemed out of place to me was in the opening sequence. After setting up a magical journey through mountains, lakes and castles, just before the helicopter starts it's descent to Maria's Hill, there is a scene showing what appears to be a somewhat dilapidated house or barn with a red roof. It almost looks like they needed some video to make the audio work out correctly and they just threw it in there. Seems odd and out of place to me, but quickly forgotten once Maria's Hill comes into view.

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Climb Every Mountain
by: Allan

Anonymous - your observations and pointing out what was there all along were met with such GREAT appreciation! I LOVE learning these little facts and things. Your telling me that it is the Purtshellerhous we see above the family's heads, and pointing out the "Eagle's Nest" silhouette just made my day! This quest to find the heretofore unknown locations has been a profound joy for me. It's literally like I've been "playing detective"...hehehe. I've read a bit of a clue here, heard a hint there, and then with "Google Earth" trying to use those clues to solve the mystery. As with the Mehlweg meadow and this "mountain crossing", I was able to get extremely close all on my own. But, then I came across this "FIND" of a great website, Richard's directions, and your comments that told me even more exactly. As the Scarecrow said in "The Wizard of Oz", "Oh, joy! Rapture!"...hehehe.

Thanks to ALL of you!
All the best,
Allan

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Bicyle ride - Mondsee
by: Allan

Tammi and Joe - When I took the Panorama "Sound of Music" tour, one of the stops was across the lake at the back of Leopoldskron. There is a tree-lined road that runs along the lake there. Our guide told us that THAT was the location for the tree-climbing scene?!? There are several tour guides who tell their guests that St. Peter's Cemetery is the one shown at the end of the film! No, not that it was the cemetery to "inspire" the set designer, but that it WAS the one used!?! The point I'm getting at is that it looks like some tour guides are not certain themselves about a few things. I'm not aware of the location in Mondsee that you mentioned, but I do know the one at the rear of Leopoldskron. If you watch the scene as the Captain drives down the road, you can see water here and there on the side of the road opposite the trees. Does the location in Mondsee have water along it? I don't think the road behind Leopoldskron is the actual location, as we were told. At the very end of that scene, you can see a small mountain very near the edge of the water. There is no such landscape behind Leopoldskron!! So one, or both, of us have been misinformed.

I do know for certain that the Hilfberg Kirche (Church) in Mondsee is the one used in the opening credits at the moment the actors portraying the children come on the screen.

Which brings up another question regarding the church seen in the opening credits when the film title comes up. Does anyone know where it is? And, does anyone know why such a very small, simple, country church was used for THE MAIN title? I mean, it represents nothing what we think about, see, or visit, throughout the entire film. That church could just as easily be in the hills of Tennessee where I live. Odd thought, I know, but still, one that has always made me want to know why.

My best to all,
Allan

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NEW 'DO RE MI' PICNIC MEADOW LINK
by: Linda from The Sound of Music Guide

Hi Everyone,

Great comments and information have been coming in. I love the fact that between us all we will be able to locate all of the places filmed in the movie. I am hoping to return to Salzburg next year and I will definitely be finding Maria's meadow in the opening scene, the Do Re Mi meadow and also the location where the von Trapps cross the mountains to freedom. I really can't wait!

I have started a new page for the Do Re Mi meadow directions. If you click on this link you can read Richard's clear and precise instructions.

Directions to meadow


Thanks again everyone for contributing here!

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To anonymous and others
by: Tami and Joe

Hopefully with everyone that comes here and posts, we can eventually pinpoint most of the movies "highlight" scenes. Hubby and I plan to go back one day and if would be so great to revisit places we saw and add some new places. I don't know if anything will top the " meadow" for me, but I'm willing to try!! :)

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Climb Every Mountain
by: Anonymous

Hi Allan,

Thanks you for the feedback regarding Google Earth as I was unaware of the picture option. Once you click all the boxes, there is an amazing amount of information isn't there?

I can verify that the location of the final movie scene is the mountain directly across from the Purtschellerhaus. It is called the Ahornbuchsenkopf.

Here's some trivia you might be interested in regarding this location:

At the beginning of the final scene, as the family walks up the mountain, the Purtschellerhaus appears on the ridge in the background, just above their heads.

Then, when the camera cuts to the scene of the family walking across the ridge, the distinct silhouette of the "Eagles Nest" appears at the edge of a distant ridge near the top left of the screen for a few seconds before the camera pans to the right.

Then finally, the camera pans up and farther to the right. In the movie, I suppose this final view is implied to be the promised land of Switzerland. What we're actually seeing is the Untersberg mountain to the left. "Maria's Hill" at Mehlweg can be seen in the distance just right of center. And in the far center of the screen, instead of Switzerland, we're looking at Salzburg!

I can't imagine a better location for the ending of this brilliant movie and was quite surprised when I read in the Julia Antopol Hirsch book about the almost haphazard way in which the location was chosen. In fact, it was described as "just a roll of the dice".

According to the book, after much scouting and no success, the location was found on the day before the scheduled shooting. But the view was obscured by weather. Then, on the morning of the shooting, when the crew got to the top of the mountain, they still couldn't see anything due to the weather. It was only when Julie appeared that the weather cleared up and they finally saw the breathtaking view. :)


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Children Climbing Trees
by: Anonymous

Hi Tami and Joe,

I recall reading somewhere that the car ride to the villa was indeed filmed on the same road as the bicycle ride, a bit south around Marienau. Unfortunately, I have been unable to verify it. In both the bicycle riding scene and the tree climbing scene, similar lakeside markers appear with the black stripe painted on them. Also, at the end of the tree climbing scene, after the car passes the children and the camera looks back at the children in the trees, there is the distinct shape of a mountain in the background. Hopefully, someone will be able to pinpoint this location for us.

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Bicyle ride
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much, Airvue! I did check "Google Earth" and your comments were spot on! As much as I've mentioned "Google Earth", I'm really just a "here and there" user, so there are many features I haven't played with. However, just yesterday I discovered a "photos" option that has proved invaluable. With this option checked, photos from various locations added by users can be clicked upon to enlarge. There were two such photos for the "bike riding" location showing the exact background as we see in the film! I've used this same feature to nearly pinpoint the location for the final "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" crossing at the end of the film. It looks to be on the property of the "Purtschellerhaus", an Alpine Inn extremely close to Hitler's "Eagles's Nest". Now, to find some validation. Easier said than done......hehehe.

Thanks again, and all the best,
Allan

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Bicycle Ride-Mondsee
by: Tami and Joe

We saw where the children hung from the trees in the scene where the Captain is returning home with the Baroness. That is definitely in Mondsee on the way to the wedding church. Could that be the same road they bicycled down?

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Bicycle Ride
by: Airvue

I can help on this one. The bicycle ride took place on Attersee Straube by Mondsee Lake just south of Pichl Auhof. The mountain that juts out at the top left of the scene overlooks the town of Gries-Plomberg. If you have Google Earth on your computer, you can zoom down to ground level and look almost straight east to see the camera view.


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Do Re Mi meadow
by: Anonymous

Hi Allan,
Well maybe I'm not such a clever dick after all as I haven't been to the biking scene location. It can't be too difficult to find though with the lake and the backdrop of mountains behind. Maybe that will be my next scouting mission when I'm back in Salzburg probably in 2014.
Me too Allan, I'm a stickler for getting things right, so have been pretty successful with TSOM locations.
You mentioned earlier that you wrote to me, I hope I replied to you.Excuse me if I don't remember but I do get quite a few people asking me for directions.
I have a few photos of this location, if you want to contact me direct on ria11154@hotmail.com I can send them to you via e mail.

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The "Do-Re-Mi' meadow
by: Anonymous

Richard, you've been there (I'd LOVE to see your photos!!), so I think you're much more reliable than my guess was using "Google Earth". Even with really good photos from the film, the Fortress is still rather soft-focus from the distance, so it's really hard to get the proper orientation. That, plus, the "Google Earth" view is from above it, looking down, so trying to match that view with the one from the film stills is not as easy as you might think. The one thing from the film view that helps is the downward sloping wall? on the right side of the Fortress. After reading your directions and mapping along with them on "Google Earth", it does appear "your" meadow is more accurately positioned than the one I thought it was. Now, what is REALLY throwing me is that "your" meadow has the entire town of Werfen between it and the Fortress. But, of course, with the town being "ground level", and the meadow and the Fortress being quite elevated, you would see no traces of the town in stills from the film. I sometimes wish I weren't such a "stickler", but I am. I don't want to be "close", or "near", I want to be smack dab right on TOP of the "red x" that marks the spot!! Now, one more "location" for you to reveal......well.......at least one more for NOW........hehehe. That being the lakeside road where Maria and the children rode their bikes during "Do-Re-Mi". Is it in the St. Gilgen area? Thanks SOOO much for all your help!
All the best,
Allan

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Do Re Mi hill
by: Richard

Thanks for your message Allan. Following my directions you don't get as much of a thrill from this as when you go to Mehlweg, as basically it looks like any meadow. However my reason for believing that I have the right place, is that when the kids returned to Salzburg in a British TV programme back in 2000 they revisited this location. You could see the farm to their right and also a seat in the background, just off the road.I checked my photos with their TV programme ,and the farm was the same one.
The location is worth visiting, but not in my opinion as ultimately rewarding.
If you find it in another place I would love to know,but I do think I have the right one.

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Do Re Mi Opening Sequence Location FOUND!
by: Linda from The Sound of Music Guide

Richard, I knew we could rely on you! If your directions are as accurate as your Mehlweg directions, then this is going to make some Sound of Music fans wishing to find this location very happy (including Carol and John).

No doubt we shall be receiving feedback from Allan (see recent comment below) and others too in the near future.

Just a word of caution - please respect the landowner/farmer's privacy. PLEASE ASK PERMISSION to enter their land.

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Finding the opening scene of Do Re Mi location.
by: Anonymous

Hi Linda,
Without meaning to sound like a clever dick I have also been to this location, so here are the directions.
Take the A10 south from Salzburg,and Werfen is signposted off the motorway to your right, about 25 miles south of Salzburg. Go into the town centre and you will be in Markstrasse. There will be shops and bars to your right, and hotels to your left. Leave the town centre and head towards the castle. When you see guesthouse Neuwirt on your left take the next road on your left. This is Joseph Struber strasse and there are lots of green signs. Follow the road around to the left, and you come to a small junction where straight on would lead back into Werfen centre. Take a right turn here and climb steeply. Ignore any streets to the left and right, and keep climbing until you reach a 'leaving Werfen' sign. Just after the sign turn sharp left and climb again. After about half a mile you will go over a cattle grid, and you will be able to see the farm up to your left. The field is located inside the wire fence, and it belongs to the farm. I would get permission from the farm owners if you want to go on the field, but it is visible from the road. From the town centre it is about a 20 minute walk or 5 minutes drive.
I hope these directions are as popular as the Mehlweg hill, and I have sent them to others who have been able to find this location by using them.
Richard

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The "Do-Re-Mi' meadow
by: Allan

Linda,
How curious for you to post the question you did. I just recently wrote Richard asking the very same thing. I THINK I've found it, but I'm not 100% sure. Richard? HELP!!! Using the angle of the Fortress as seen from the meadow in the film, the appearance that the Fortress is "fairly" close, and that there is a huge mountain behind it, I used "Google Earth" to try and track down the meadow's location. If you don't have "Google Earth", it's a free download and is simply beyond incredible. If you have it, or, after you get it, do a search for the Fortress. The program will "fly" you to it. Zoom in on it with the compass at due north. You will see the Fortress lined by a river on the right. Straight across from it on the left, you will see a large meadow with a small group of trees right in the middle of it. If you zoom out, you will see it is the only meadow with the proper alignment to the Fortress and with the mountain behind it. Unless Richard says differently, I'm convinced this is the place. I'm planning on returning to Salzburg this coming May, and THIS time, Richard will be with me in spirit as I visit the "opening" meadow, and attempt to find the "Do-Re-Mi" one as well. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

All the best,
Allan

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When will this ever stop??? :)
by: Carol & John

We are like mad, crazy people so totally in LOVE with the Sound of Music!!!!! I thought that my wish had come true when I found out about the Mehlweg - and then Richard's directions. It never (for some wild, crazy reason) caught my attention all these years about the Hohenwerfen Fortress in that Do-Re-Mi scene - until I got home from Austria, AGAIN watched the movie and said, "Hey. There's a castle in the background! I never saw that! Where is that?!?" And, now, I read again that "our" new obsession has emerged! Someone help us! (Or better yet - someone tell me WHERE this is when you find it!!!!!!)

Never mind Maria! How do you solve a "problem" like us!

Hopefully never!

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Finding the 'Do-re-mi' Hohenwerfen Fortress Location
by: Linda from The Sound of Music Guide

Now that the Mehlweg location mystery has been solved, does anyone know how to find the alpine meadow where the start of the song Do-re-mi' was filmed?
It's the scene with Maria and the children surrounded by mountains and with Hohenwerfen Fortress in the background. We never found it, and there are lots of Sound of Music fans who, like us, would love to visit that famous and spectacular location.

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To Tami and Joe
by: Richard

What a lovely message,and I am delighted for you that you were able to fulfill your dream.
Richard

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Dream Come True
by: Tami and Joe

It has been my dream since I first saw the "Sound of Music" at age 7, to one day go to Austria and see the place where the movie began. I finally realized that dream on September 20th, 2012. Your directions are the reason I was able to find the place and I can't thank you enough for the experience I had on the top of that hill in the meadow! We had tried all sorts of ways to find the place and we're almost ready to give up when I decided to try and google for more information. We were actually sitting in our rental car down at the bottom of the mountain in the parking lot of a convenience store. Even the employees didn't know where it was. As we went farther and farther up the mountain, up those single lane roads, I must confess, I wasn't sure we were going the right way. But when we saw the sign with the numbers on it and headed up that last hill, I had hope that I might get to see it. And then when I climbed the hill to the final summit, I knew I was there! There was no doubt in my mind and seeing your picture just confirms it. Know that you were instrumental in making a 54 year old woman's dream come true and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!! :)

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To Carol and John
by: Anonymous

Glad you managed to find the hill.I never thought i would ever be able to find it,but when i did and got such a thrill by being there,i felt it only right to try and help other fans find it too.Will look out for your Youtube video.

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The Best Day of Our Lives!!!!! Sept,14, 2012
by: Carol & John

Wowzers! Thank you Richard sooooooooooooooo much for your directions!!!!! (We missed the little wooden "Mehlweg" sign at the bottom of the road...) But! Asked a friendly local and found our way. I had no idea you could actually get to this spot! - I just happened to see it named at the Sound of Music Museum in Salzburg (closing Nov 4th this year) and, had a few days before said to my husband, "Boy, I would really, really, LOVE to be where Julie Andrews is at the opening scene." If I hadn't had read that at the museum and hadn't had your instructions - it might have never happened!!! Thank you so much!! It was more than awesome - actually more beautiful than words can describe!!
My husband and I, of course, acted out the scene -and his (hilarious) escapade will shortly be on You Tube: Sound of Music jjsdesktop.
It WAS really one of the best days of our lives!
Thank you again!

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Mehlweg parking advice
by: Linda from The Sound of Music Guide

Thanks for the advice Jon on where to park. It's always good to be considerate and respectful to the local residents' privacy. Your coordinates too will no doubt be very useful for future visitors!
The brook that appeared in one of the opening scenes was built just for that particular scene, and was filled in afterwards. The local farmer was so annoyed with the disturbance caused by the film crew at the time that he sabotaged the brook by spiking his pitchfork through the plastic lining of it! The birch trees were brought in and planted just for the scene too.

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Family Myers just went to the hill
by: Jon

Sept 3, 2012. We followed your directions and they worked great. However, if you turn left at the Mehlweg 1,3,5,7 sign, as you recommend, we found it rather intrusive. You literally have to park in the driveway of one of the houses or the farm, then tromp through their yard and up the hill. We found that if you drive another 50-80 yards up the road, there is a pull off with a small gravel area right in front of a power box that looks rather new. We parked there, waited for the clouds to clear, then walked directly from our car up the very steep side of the hill. This allowed us to access the hill without bothering the farmer and the other families. We were able to identify the exact spot by studying the opening scene. We are Americans living in Germany so we were able to pull up a youtube video (we have telekom Germany phones) of the opening scene while standing on the hill!! We figured out that they shot the first scene facing one direction on the hill (due South), then for the second scene where she is at a small brook, that wasn't filmed here as there is no brook anywhere. The third cut, where Julie Andrews runs up over a crest, they reversed the cameras to due North. Finally, when she runs back for her hat, they had the cameras in the original position facing due South. All the shots involved the highest crest of the hill at coordinates 47.688283,13.06417 on googlemaps. The gravel lot for parking is at 47.688886,13.068263. Hope this helps the Sound of Music tourists out there because Lord knows that the Austrians and residents of Salzburg aren't going to help you out much, based on our experience!

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nice if you could pin-point it in a map
by: Anonymous

I tried following your instructions in google earth, but i get lost... could you point it in a map?

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To Matt
by: Richard

Hi Matt,
No don't go to the very top of the road,but look for the roadsign Mehlweg 1,3,5,7,which is about 200 meteres from the top of the road,then follow my directions from there.
Good luck

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Minor Details!
by: Matt

I'm looking to take my Girlfriend to Salzburg in October... She is due to play the Role of Maria in a large stage production in England and I thought it would be amazing to take her there before! Is the meadow right at the top of the road? Looking at the Map, once you get to the top there is a t junction. Do you walk left up to the top of the hill from there and if so... Is that the correct meadow! Thanks! Matt

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Taxi to Mehlweg
by: Anonymous

Hi Paul,
I would think that you would be able to get a taxi to take you to Mehlweg,as long as you don't mind paying probably quite a lot.
Make sure you take my directions with you,and if you can't speak German,try and get a driver that will understand your directions.
Hope you manage to make it there,and if you do please let us know on here.
Richard

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Taxi to Mehlweg
by: Paul

We are visiting Salzburg soon and found this great thread started by Richard. We are not keen on driving so wondered if anyone had used a Salzburg taxi for this trip that they could recommend ?

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Outstanding View!
by: Paul & Jessica

Thanks for the great directions. The road up to Mehlweg was narrow and interesting when trying to get past a car coming in the opposite direction, so be careful. A great view, and my daughter and I replicated the opening of The Sound of Music.

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Mehlweg
by: Richard

I am pleased that many people seem to have been to the opening scene hill using my directions. It is certainly worth a visit.

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Also found it.
by: Casey and Kelly

My wife and I ran up the hill and arrived out of breath, but it was literally the most beautiful place I have ever seen. So thanks for the Directions, because they were the only way we would have come across it.
-June 2012

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Answer to Anonymous question
by: Richard

I am sure you could get public transport to Berchtesgaden ,but you would need to check that it goes via Marktschellenberg,and if so get off there.Not sure about a cable car up,as the machinery at the top has never been working when i have gone there.However if you are fit enough it is an uphill raod climb of about 2 miles ,and would probably take an hour or so.

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Get there by bus/train and cable car?
by: Sachi

Excellent directions, thanks so much! Too bad it's in Germany! Might you know how to get there via public transportation, as we don't own a car? Is it possible to get to the village by bus and then take a cable car to the top? Thanks again, and I can't wait to sing in the hills! :)

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Found It!!!!
by: Anonymous

Just went there a few days ago, May 2012. It is amazing to see it and it is certainly the right place. Thanks for the directions!

I think it was 3.7 km from church to bottom of hill. Top of lift makes it easy to find spot but you have to walk up hill a bit to see it.

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Richard's Directions....
by: Wildfire58

I can also vouch for the accuracy of Richard's directions as he shared them with me several years ago and they took me right to it. As he mentioned, there is a ski lift on the hill now and of course, the treeline has changed somewhat in the past five decades, but it's definitely the scene. I've never grown tired of watching the movie and was pleasantly surprised when watching the Blu-ray for the first time to notice the steeple for the church at Bad Durrnberg in the background as the helicopter swooped in. Checked my pictures from the '06 trip and sure enough, it's there! Guess I'd always been distracted by Julie! lol

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The hills are alive...
by: Johnny in Doncaster

My girlfriend and I visited this location in April 2012 thanks to your directions. We asked the farmer at the bottom of the hill if he minded us parking there whilst we took some pics and he was fine with it.

It was a 25 minute drive from Salzburg and well worth it!

Thank you!

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Have a Good Time!
by: Linda from The Sound of Music Guide

Hope you enjoy your trip Dawn. If you make it to Austria, we would love to see some photos, maybe of you doing a Maria twirl at Mehlweg!

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Thank you!
by: Dawn

We are going to Switzerland soon and are so grateful you have left these detailed directions for us to follow!

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In response to Joe's comment
by: Linda from The Sound of Music Guide

Thanks for your comments Joe, but we have checked Richard's photos of the meadow (see above) with the opening scene in the movie and the views and mountains match up identically.

We think you may be getting confused with the Do Re Mi scene. This has the Hohenwerfen Fortress in the far distance behind Maria and the von Trapp children.

As you can see, we have had another reader who followed Richard's instructions and found the exact location successfully.

I cannot wait to go to Austria again and find the meadow myself!


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Joe's comments
by: Richard

I am disappointed that Joe seems to doubt my directions to the opening scene hill.If he had looked at other responses he would see that at least one person used my directions to get there.
Also i think he is getting confused with the opening scene of DO RE Mi,as he mentions the castle in the background which features in that scene.That scene was filmed in Werfen 20 miles south of Salzburg,and is not where my directions would lead to.




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To Joe
by: Anonymous

The directions i have given here are correct,see the comments below when someone used my directiions to find the hill.
You mention the castle behind Julie Andrews,so i think you are thinking of the opening scene of DO re mi.This was filmed at Werfen.
My directions are to the opening scene when she does her twirl.
Believe me i have been to Mehlweg,and as you can see from the pictures above,it is definitely the correct hill.

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Not sure this is right
by: Joe

I'm not sure this location is the actual one.
In the closeup shots of Andrews, one notices what looks like either a castle or something similar in the background. Due to lens compression, it may appear larger or closer than it is, but regardless, I can't find it anywhere in the landscape surrounding the Mehlweg hill. I also can't match background mountain contours etc. with what I'm seeing from movie stills. I'm not convinced this is it, but it might be because Google Earth's approximation of contours is incomplete in areas.(?) Do a 360 from these coordinates and let me know what you think...
47�41'17.04"N 13� 3'55.01"E

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thank you
by: grateful SoM fan

i used your directions to drag my family to find this meadow. Absolutely amazing - we are all huge fans and went to Salzburg purely to see all the Sound of Music locations. We left this till last and it was absolutely worth it - thank you so much for taking the time to direct. :) (and yes - we did THE twirl!!)

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"I Love That Opening Scene!"
by: Greg May

I was eight years old when I saw "The Sound of Music" for the first time. I have to be honest and say that I did NOT want to go to the movies with my family to see a movie called "The Sound of Music" . . . it was Saturday night and I wanted to stay home to watch "Flipper!" My dad threatened to spank me if I didn't straighten up. I was still whining when the movie began but when Julie Andrews came walking across that meadow and did her famous twirl I stood up out of my seat! That scene is the MOST spectacular scene ever filmed in motion picture history and still thrills me today. Years later, I got to meet Robert Wise and he told me all about the difficulties they had filming outside Salzburg during the rainy season.

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"The Hills Are Alive . . ."
by: Greg May

I was eight years old when I saw "The Sound of Music" for the first time and I did NOT want to go to the movie theatre with my family to see the movie! I was still whining when the film began but when Julie Andrews walked out into that meadow and did her 'twirl' I stood up out of my seat!

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Additional Directions to Mellweg
by: MillerTimeSites.com

You take the 150 out of Salzburg, it turns into the 160 in Germany, take the first left after crossing the river in Marktschellenberg and follow the signs to Mehlweg and you'll get the Meadow.
There is a boarding house at the end of the road.

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Solved!
by: Linda

Now we all know where Maria did her famous twirl. Next time I'm in Austria I will definitely find that hill where the opening scene was filmed.

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