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Old 03-16-2015, 02:46 PM
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X. Streets of Salzburg and the Original Sound of Music Tour

At the suggestion of our hotel host we left the car parked on the Villa Trapp property and took the bus into the city center of Salzburg. There we explored the town center and spent some time shopping before crossing the bridge to take in Mirabell Gardens which was then followed by boarding the Tour Bus for the four hour Original Sound of Music Tour. The initial photos are from the Mirabell Gardens best known as the primary location for the filming of the do rey me sequence as Julie Andrews playing Maria led the singing von Trapp children during the filming of The Sound of Music now some 50 years ago. This being the 50th anniversary of the movie, our tour guide commented that his company alone was expecting an additional 30,000 tourists this year above and beyond the more than 300,000 thousand that come to Salzburg each year primarily to see the film locations for The Sound of Music. I will let the photos speak for themselves, but here is a brief summary of what one sees on The Original Sound of Music Tour taken from's Salzburg Travel Guide:

"The life of the von Trapp Family is inseparably linked to the city of Salzburg. Every year nearly 300,000 people visit the Trapp Family homes and film locations. The 1965 film about the moving life of the novice, Maria von Trapp and her singing family with Julie Andrews in the leading role, became an international box office success. The songs from "The Sound of Music" are known throughout the world.
The Sound of Music tour includes the following original film locations:
Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus Fountain (dancing scene with Maria and the children)
Leopoldskron Palace (where the family lived in the film)
Hellbrunn Palace (song scenes)
Nonnberg Convent (where Maria lived as a young novice)
St. Gilgen / Wolfgangsee (opening scene in the movie)
Mondsee Church (wedding scene)"

And here is Julie Andrews return to Salzburg's Mirabella Gardens, accompanied by ABC's Diane Sawyer as it was seen on this week's 20/20 TV Special commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the movie:

The Gazebo that was built by the film studio as a prop for the outside views in the family garden and then moved to its present location after the filming. (Interior views of the Gazebo in the movie were on a larger reconstructed Gazebo set in Hollywood.)

The lake side of Leopoldskron Palace - which is actually a music academy- which served as the backdrop for the back of the von Trapp home as it was depicted in the movie:

St. Gilgen/Wolfgangsee as the opening scene in the movie:

The church in somewhat distant Mondsee where the interior wedding scenes were shot in the movie. (The actual wedding in real life took place in the Abbey's chapel in Salzburg.)

To see some of the above photographed Sound of Music scenes juxtapositioned with the movie itself and more specifically with Julie Andrews return to Salzburg for commemoration of the movie's 50th anniversary click on the below link to a companion thread (Scrolling down to post #5 therein):

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