Friday, December 15, 2006

The Sound of Music

The hills were alive... every night at 8pm in the hostel we stayed in. For the three nights and days that we spent in Salzburg I think that both Kelly and I were humming, singing or playing in our head the soundtrack to The Sound of Music. It didn't help that everywhere we looked in town there was a scene from the movie to be spotted. Movie repetitions aside, it was interesting to grit the teeth and watch bits of the movie each night to point out more of the movie scenes that we had found that day.

On our first day in Salzburg we signed up for one of the three 'official' Sound of Music tours that bus you between the sights and scenes from the movie. Of course it had the obligatory stops and a souvenir shop or two. The tour covered

  • Mirabell Gardens where the Do-re-mi smash-hit video clip was filmed,
  • Frohnburg Castle, the front of the movie house,
  • Garden Gazebo for Sixteen Going on Seventeen,
  • Leopoldskron Castle, the back of the movie house and the lake the kids fall off the boat into,
  • Untersberg, the mountain peak that the family escapes to Switzerland over. Ironically, on the other side of the peak is actually Germany, the Switzerland border is 300km to the south,
  • Mondsee which has the church that the movie wedding was filmed in,
  • Tree lined street where the kids hang out of the trees,
  • The real Von Trapp family house

In addition there are numerous sights around Salzburg that we found on foot. If you keep your eyes open around Salzberg you will likely see every outdoor scene from the movie

  • Nonnberg Abbey, which was the abbey for the movie
  • Mozart Bridge and the path along the river, again for Do-re-mi
  • Scenes in the old town

It was really interesting seeing the places from the movie. Most are still in the same condition as when shot, however a lot are now private residences so tours of the ground or getting too close to the buildings is not possible. Most of the inside scenes were shot in the studios anyway.

Click on the photo to see more of The Sound of Music
(Audio not available... Sorry!)


Adam & Kellie said...

Hey guys sounds like you're having a ball. We loved Salzburg and Munich too and can definitely relate to the beer hall stories. No such problem with slowing down from 150km/h with the combie though!

Enjoy the rest of the trip and have a great Christmas in Prague.

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