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The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary

Would you believe that the Sound of Music 50th Anniversary is around the corner?

A great excuse to Austria. Check out some of the places to visit and tour to your right.

The Sound of Music musical written by Rogers and Hammerstein, has been responsible for introducing many tourists and travelers to Salzburg and Austria.

You can hear the Sound of Music near Ehrwald

The Fields and Hills are Alive With the Sound of Music

Although the spectacular scenery was and still is captivating, the story line was based on the memoirs of Maria Von Trapp, was purely Hollywood. Nonetheless, the scenery and setting is all there in the Salzburg area. The original Sound of Music can be traced back to 1956 to a little known German-Austrian production Die Trapp Familie, which was followed by a sequel in 1958.  In 1965, Hollywood released it as a musical, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, and it was immediately embraced by its viewers as being representative of Austria. Well, let the truth be known, to this day The Sound of Music is still “that musical that tourists like” to Austrians.

Courtyard of the Hellbrunn Palace just south of Salzburg

Hellbrunn Palace & Gardens

Today, there’s quite a tourist industry that has sprung up in Salzburg around The Sound of Music (that musical), catering to visitors from around the world who want to reconnect with the scenery and especially the music. Take a tour of the nearby Hellbrunn Palace, visit the gardens and the Gazebo, where “going from 16 to 17 was sung, and re-live some of the Sound of Music Scenes. When in the gardens do look for the peacocks, who seem to make themselves to be the guardians of the grounds. In 2015 the release of the Sound of Music turns 50 and what a great time explore the sites that so vividly bring Austria to our minds.  If you’re in Austria or even in Europe take advantage of some of the great tour packages being offered by our tour Viator tour partner. Check this one out - Sound of Music tour. Also you may want to use Salzburg as a base to explore the surrounding area, find more insights at Things Do In Salzburg. We’d love to hear about your experiences in the Salzburg area relating to the Sound of Music. BTW, the movie will celebrate its 50 anniversary in 2015. 

Things to do in Salzburg

Besides the setting for the Sound of Music movie, the Salzburg area overflows with “Things to Do”

Let’s start with its musical heritage. Salzburg, which is located in a very picturesque area of Austria, has quite a history with music, starting with its favorite son, Mozart, who was born and spent much of his young life here.

Mime in front of Mozart's yellow birthhouse in Salzburg, Austria

In Front of Mozart’s Birthhouse

Even today, 250 plus years later, he is still the inspiration for the spectacular music fest held here. One of the area’s top tourist attractions found in the heart of town, is Mozart’s Geburtshaus (Mozart’s Birthplace), where he also lived for seventeen years. Outside of it being yellow with white shutters, it is a non-discreet multistory building like many of the surrounding ones, that date back to the early 1,400s.

The spectacular Alpine scenery that surrounds Salzburg, was the inspiration for The Sound of Music movie which was filmed here. Today tour companies are ready to take you to the locales, where many of the scenes were filmed. Silent Night was first sung here, actually in a Chapel in Oberndorf, about an 1/2 hour drive outside of the city of Salzburg. BTW, Salzburg is the name of the city as well as the state whose capital it is.

Salzburg’s musical heritage is showcased in the world renowned Salzburg Summer Music Festival, which is held every year from the end of July through the end of August and is definitely one of Austria’s cultural highlights of the year. Is there Music in Salzburg? Salzburg and Music are synonymous.

Although music takes center stage in Salzburg, its history is actually founded in “salt”, which was discovered some 5,000 years ago and has been mined for 3,000 years.

Tram up to the salt mine entrance in Hallstatt, Austria

Tram up to Hallstatt’s Salt Mine

In fact one of the tourist attractions in the area are the salt mine tours, such as in Hallein just south of the city of Salzburg, where you’ll also learn the relation of the salt (“salz” in German) mining to the establishment and wealth generated in the Salzburg area. Another such, “open to the public” mine is located in Hallstatt, which is still within the state but, in an area known as the Salzkammergut. Now, there is a post card setting, WOW!

Salzburg is also an intellectual capital and the home of University of Salzburg, which had its origin as the Paris – London University in Salzburg. Founded in 1617, it offered courses in theology and divinity, philosophy as well as law and medicine. Today the university still offers theology and law and has added humanities and sciences. Medicine is offered but in a private setting. The University sits directly across from Salzburg’s Performing Arts Complex in the Old City, a setting that will certainly enchant you. This is also an area, where you’ll find some of the settings you may have seen in the Sound of Music Movie.

Panoramic view of Salzburg, Austria with the Hohensalzburg fortress in the background

Old Salzburg and the Hohensalzburg Fortress

Salzburg is ideally located for travel within and outside of Austria. It’s a great jumping off point for exploring and enjoying the Salzkammergut and the great outdoors offered in the Austrian Alps. Nearby is the Saalach Valley, which has become a favorite walking destination with its multi-day “Hiking without luggage” programs. If staying longer, within easy reach, is Southern Germany’s Bavaria and Munich, Northern Italy with its Dolemites and Lakes Region. Switzerland are also within easy reach. Enough things to do in Salzburg?

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