Step into the world of The Sound of Music with this guided driving tour that lets you visit filming locations from the classic movie, including the gardens where Maria and the children performed Do Re Mi, and the church where Maria and the Captain were married.
You’ll also see the Nonnberg Convent, the Benedictine monastery built high into the Festungsberg hillside where Maria was a postulant before moving in with the Trapp family. Head to Hellbrunn Palace and walk the crushed-stone paths to the glass gazebo where Liesl and Rolfe sang their duet and Maria and the Captain shared their first kiss.
You will also get to see Schloss Leopoldskron, the stately rococo palace that was used for the Trapp family’s lakeside garden and terrace. Then your driver will bring you to the lake district, where the opening song of the movie was filmed among the green pastures, trickling streams, sheer cliffs and sparkling blue-green lakes.
Your private driver will pick you up at the hotel before heading off on your half-day tour through Salzburg and the surrounding areas to see some of the most familiar places from The Sound of Music.
The Mirabell Palace and its gardens can be seen as Maria and the Trapp children run, dance and sing to Do Re Mi in the film. The gardens themselves boast manicured lawns with low-lying flowers planted in swirling designs throughout. You’ll also see the Pegasus fountain that appears in the movie. The winged-horse statue sits high above the water, which reflects the green from the surrounding shrubbery.
Hellbrunn Palace is home to the glass gazebo where Liesl and Rolfe sing Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and where Maria and the Captain share their first kiss. It sits within an expansive garden, where you can stroll along the crushed-stone paths to admire the statues and greenery.
The real-life Maria, as well as the movie version, were both young postulants at Nonnberg Convent, the abbey used in the film. Take in the big copper dome of the Benedictine monastery, which sits elevated above the square, built into the Festungsberg hill. It was founded by Saint Rupert, one of the patron saints of Salzberg, and is a protected monument.
You’ll head to Schloss Leopoldskron, which was used for all the scenes of the Trapp family’s lakeside garden and terrace. The rococo palace was commissioned in 1736 as a personal home for a noble, and has now found a second life as a hotel. Here, you’ll get an up-close look at the water Maria and the children went tumbling into out of a row boat.
Your driver will also bring you to the lake district, where the grassy hills, snow-flanked mountain peaks and glassy lakes are immediately familiar from the opening song. In the lake district is Mondsee Abbey — the former Gothic monastery that hosted the wedding of Maria and the Captain. Head inside to see its white-and-pink arches contrasting with harsh dark wood and glimmering gold accents.
After your tour, your driver will bring you back to your hotel.