Visit these Famous
Sound of Music Tour Locations
Here are all the major Sound of Music Tour locations.
Discover where to find them in and around the Salzburg area, and where they appear in the movie. This list is invaluable for the independent traveler, or if you are taking an organized Sound of Music tour, find out about the sights you wish to see before deciding on which tour to take.
We'll start below with film locations in Salzburg town. Click on the links to go to the section:
film locations on the outskirts of Salzburg
film locations in the surrounding Salzkammergut region.
FILM LOCATIONS IN SALZBURG TOWN
You can find all these locations on our customized map of Salzburg
These places are all within walking distance of each other, if you have good walking shoes; or you can use the city buses. Information on the film locations can be picked up at the tourist information, with the bus routes that you can take.
Alternatively you can always be shown the sites by one of the well established tour companies such as
Look out for the Sound of Music cow that may be seen near the Mirabellplatz bus terminal!
Located on Nonnberggasse 2. To reach the Abbey is quite an uphill climb, and if it is done in the heat of a summer’s day, like we did, can be a little strenuous. Alternatively, it is possible to take the funicular railway up to the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress. From there, there is a path down to Nonnberg Abbey.
The Abbey is in the scene where the nuns are going to mass and they sing ‘Maria’.
It is also here at the abbey gate where the children come and ask if Maria can come back home with them.
The escape scene at the end also has the cars parked outside the abbey gate.
You can actually visit the chapel and sit and listen to nun’s choral music. You are likely to bump into other Sound of Music fans here. We met up with a friendly Dutch family who were on a Sound of Music pilgrimage.
The Benedictine convent of Nonnberg is one of the oldest nunneries in the world. St Rupert constructed the original building in 714. It was rebuilt in 1000, and was extensively destroyed by fire in 1423. The current building is the one rebuilt after the fire, from 1464 to 1509. Three side chapels were added around 1624, and a refurbishment in the Baroque style took place in the 1880s. Sitting below Hohensalzburg Fortress, it is easily visible from many parts of the city. The link to the von Trapps is strong – of course Maria Augusta von Kutschera spent time here before being sent to look after the Captain’s children, and Maria and the Captain were married in the Abbey Church in 1927.
Mozart Bridge (Mozartsteg)
The bridge crosses the River Salzach from Rudolfskai (close to Mozart Square and Residence Square) to Imbergstrasse on the north side.
Mozart Bridge is a footbridge, along which Maria and the children run on their way to a picnic, merrily singing 'Do-re-mi'.
Built in 1903, Mozartsteg is one of several bridges that link the two parts of the old city. It is a well known landmark, and of course is named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Residence Square (Residenz Platz)
In front of Salzburg Cathedral. The building to the west of the square is The Archbishop's Residence, where the Nazi flag was draped. The Nazi soldiers are shown in the movie marching through the square, and Maria crossed the square on the way to the fountain, singing 'I have Confidence'.
Also known as the Residenz Palace, the building in it's current form dates back to around 1600 (although the original building is documented from 1232), and is another classic example of Baroque architecture seen throughout Salzburg. It was used by the Prince Archbishops who held power over Salzburg until the early 19th century. Young Mozart was a regular performer at the Residence. Today it is the venue of international conventions, meetings and official receptions. You can take a year-round personal audio-guided tour of the Residence.
In Residence Square in front of the cathedral.
The fountain can be found in the middle of Residence Square. This is where Maria stops and splashes the water in the fountain, whilst singing “I have confidence.” She is making her way to the Captain von Trapp’s villa for the first time. It is sometimes known as the Horse Fountain. Be prepared for it to be covered over during the winter. This was the one place where I just couldn’t help but burst into song…see the photo here!
Archbishop Guidobald Graf Thun was responsible for erecting this fine fountain, in the middle of Residence Square, between 1658 and 1661. It's the largest Baroque fountain outside of Italy, standing 15 meters tall, and is made of marble hewn from the nearby Untersberg mountain. The artist attributed to the work is the Italian, Tommaso di Garona.
St Peter’s Cemetery
Located on St Peter Bezirk, next to the small church of St. Peter.
The setting of this cemetery was recreated by 20th Century Fox. All the scenes of the von Trapp family hiding behind the grave stones were filmed back in the Fox studio at Hollywood. It is still worth a visit so you can capture the feel of that scene. It is a very interesting cemetery because of the location and its catacombs. The cemetery is extremely well kept, with beautiful, ornate graves.
St. Peter's District is the oldest part of Salzburg, with the city spreading out slowly from the monastery. The catacombs cut in to the Monchsberg cliff face go back to 215 AD. Only priests and monks were buried at St. Peter's Cemetery until the 15th century. Many of Salzburg's wealthy and aristocratic families are also buried here, and it is the oldest cemetery still in use in Austria. Entrance to the cemetery is free, with a small charge to see the catacombs.
Rock Riding School (Felsenreitschule)
Located on Toscaninihof.
Christopher Plummer sang Edelweiss on the stage at the Festival Hall, during the music festival. The von Trapp Family sang “So Long Farewell” just before their escape. Daily tours are offered but may be cancelled due to performance rehearsals.
In 1693, Prince Archbishop Johann Ernst von Thun commissioned the famous architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach to build a riding school out of a quarry at the foot of the Monchsberg cliffs. Rocks had previously been excavated from here to build the cathedral. The school was used for training and tournaments, and was later used as a storage facility. In 1926 Felsenreitschule was born again, as a popular theatre venue for the Salzburg Festival.
Horse Pond (Pferdschwemme)
The royal horse trough is adorned with many paintings and can be found at Karajan Square, off Hofstallgasse, opposite the Festival Hall. It is located directly beside the Siegmundstor
(or Neutor) - the main tunnel through the Mönchsberg, which is the mountain right in the centre of the city .
This is where Maria and the children dance and sing to ’My Favourite Things'. It is also where Liesl introduces Rolf to Maria (do you remember this scene? No? Well that is because this scene was cut from the film!).
Pferdschwemme was also designed and built by Fischer von Erlach in 1693, at the same time as the façade of the Royal Stables. The central statue, the “Horse Tamer”, is by Michael Bernhard Mandl. The pond was restored in 1732 by Archbishop Firmian.
The Do-Re-Mi song begins on Winkler Terrace, at the top of the Mönchsberg Cliffs. It can be reached from the Mönchsberg elevator in Anton Neumayrplatz, at the end of the Gstattengasse shopping street.
Mirabell Palace and Gardens
Located on Schwarzstrasse, Mirabell Palace has been called the Taj Mahal of Salzburg. Maria and the children dance around the Pegasus fountain which can be found in the Mirabell Gardens, singing ’Do-Re-Mi.’ At the far end of the gardens are the statutes that the children mimicked. The Dwarf gnome with the glasses was also patted on the head in the same song.
Leading out of the gardens are the ‘Do-Re-Mi’ steps, where Maria and the children are filmed jumping up and down the steps, using them as a musical scale to the song.
Mirabell Palace dates back to 1606, and was built as Schloss Altenau under the reign of Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, and is a fine example of Baroque architecture from that period. His successor, Prince Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus renamed it Schloss Mirabell ('beautiful view'). The Palace was rebuilt between 1721-27, and was extensively damaged during the big Salzburg fire of 1818, and took several years to rebuild. The famous gardens were designed by the famous architect Fischer von Erlach, and built in the 18th century.
FILM LOCATIONS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF SALZBURG
You can find all these locations on our customized map of Salzburg.
The children and Maria were filmed boating on this lake. In their excitement to see the Captain, they all stood up in the boat, capsizing it and everyone ending up in the water.
Gretel, who was only six years old at the time, narrowly escaped, as she was not yet able to swim. This really is a beautiful place with the lake, the magnificent building, with stunning scenery of the majestic Untersburg mountain as a backdrop. You can drive around to the other side of the lake, on Konig Ludwig Strasse, for some great photos.
Schloss Leopoldskron (Leopoldskron Palace)
The Palace was never used in the movie for the back of the von Trapp villa. The famous scenes of the family drinking pink lemonade and the argument between the Captain and Maria were filmed however on the adjacent property, Bertelsmann. The ballroom was filmed in a studio, but was copied from a room in the actual Leopoldskron Palace.
Schloss Leopoldskron was built in 1731 by Archbishop Leopold Count Firmian as a family residence, but after being sold by his family in 1837 had many new owners. Founder of the Salzburg Festival, Max Reinhardt, bought the run-down property in 1918, restoring it to its former glory. Since 1947, it has been owned by the Salzburg Global Seminar, an American educational institution, and can be hired for seminars and special events, along with exclusive private accommodation.
You can now also enjoy a memorable two night stay in the palace itself, with the
'Sound of Music & Schloss Leopoldskron'
package, which includes the half-day Sound of Music Tour. Another option is the 'My Favorite Things - at Leopoldskron Palace' package, which also takes in the original musical 'The Sound of Music' at the beautiful Landestheater Salzburg.
Not to be missed if it fits your budget.
Now found in the gardens at Hellbrunn Palace. Located off Morzger Strasse, on Fürstenweg 37, on the southern outskirts of Salzburg.
It was moved from it’s original location at Leopoldskron to make it easier for tourists to visit. The Gazebo is now locked, so members of the public cannot enter it. This is due to too many people having injured themselves when trying to copy the dance routine on the benches! It is still a great place for a photo opportunity, like this one here that my daughter took. The most famous and romantic love scenes that were filmed in the movie: ‘Sixteen going on Seventeen’ and ‘Something Good’ were filmed back at the Fox studios, Hollywood in a larger, recreated version.
Its courtyard, front façade and gate were used as the front of the Von Trapp villa. In the film, Maria can be seen walking along the wall of the villa whilst singing ‘I have Confidence”
The Captain was also filmed pulling down the Nazi flag after the Captain and Maria had returned from their honeymoon..
The family’s escape was also filmed with them pushing their car through the gates of the palace on to the road outside.
Schloss Frohnburg was built by Prince Archbishop Max Gandolph between 1660 and 1680.Its current name came about when the castle was acquired by the Counts of Frohnburg. In 1957 the castle was sold to the Republic of Austria, and is now used as a concert venue and has dormitories for students of the music conservatory Mozarteum. It is not open to the general public.
FILM LOCATIONS IN THE SURROUNDING SALZKAMMERGUT REGION
You can find all these locations on our customized map of Salzburg.
The beautiful alpine meadow where Julie Andrews did her famous twirl at the start of the movie. This scene has become the classic trademark for The Sound of Music - you can almost smell the alpine flowers!
If you are feeling adventurous, check out these detailed instructions on how to get there. A big thank you to Richard from Yarm in England for providing us with the directions and photos.
Located about 24 km (15 miles) east of Salzburg on the E55/E60, in the small town of Mondsee, at the northern end of Lake Mondsee.
This beautiful cathedral was where the Sound of Music wedding between the Captain and Maria was filmed.
Basilica Mondsee St. Michael (Pfarrkirche St. Michael) was formerly the monastery church of the Benedictine monks of Mondsee.The monastery was founded in 748 on the ruins of a Roman settlement. It was a place of great cultural influence in the region right up to 1792, when the monastery was dissolved.
St Gilgen and Wolfgangsee
Take the 158 road east out of Salzburg for approximately 30km (18 miles) to St. Gilgen. The very picturesque town, at the northern end of Wolfgangsee, and the lake, surrounded by high mountains, are in the breathtaking opening scenes of the movie. We camped around this area, and fell in love with it! The photo above right shows the waterfront at St. Gilgen, and below right a tour boat leaves St. Wolfgang.
Kloster Höglwörth and Castle Anif
These castles can be seen in the aerial views around Salzburg at the beginning of the movie. Anif Castle (below left) is located in the small town of Anif, a few miles south of Salzburg on the 150 road. It is a private residence. Kloster Höglwörth (below right) is located just north of the town of Anger in Bavaria. It's a 20 minute drive and 26km west of Salzburg. Take the A1 and then A8 west.
Anif Castle was also used in the movie 'The Odessa File'. The original building dates back to the 19th century, but was rebuilt to it’s current neo Gothic style in between 1838 and 1848. It is privately owned by the family von Moy, who restored it fundamentally between 1995 and 2000, and there is no public access.
Kloster Höglwörth is an Augustinian monastery, which was founded in the early middle ages by St. Peter of Salzburg as a monk's cell. You can have a pleasant hike around the lake.
“The most memorable opening photography in the history of the movies”
Martin Spence (The Guardian, London)
Located on Burgstraße 2, off the 159 road, near the village of Werfen. It’s approximately 40 km (25miles) south of Salzburg on the A10/E55 autoroute.
The fortress can be seen in the background of the ‘Do-Re-Mi” scene, when Maria is singing in an alpine meadow, with the children. Click here for directions to the meadow where this scene was filmed.
Hohenwerfen, and its sister fortress Hohensalzburg were built in the 11th century to protect the Salzburg region. It was also used as a prison over the centuries. During its history it has been added to and renovated on numerous occasions. Possession of the castle was handed over to the Salzburg district administration in 1938. Hohenwerfen is now used for events, like theater performances, concerts, and folklore evenings. Special events such as medieval activities, a special falconry program and exciting mystic fairy-tale hikes are held at least twice a month. There are daily tours of the fortress, along with falconry demonstrations.
After we visited all the Sound of Music tour locations in Salzburg, we couldn't wait to get home to watch the movie again. It was exciting to see all the places in the film that we had been to, and were able to recognize!
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