Ahhhh, “The Sound of Music” – can’t you just see the hills alive with music. This musical written by Rogers and Hammerstein, has been responsible for introducing many tourists and travelers to Salzburg and Austria.
Although the spectacular scenery was 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.
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.
If you’re into exploring the behind the scenes and visiting some of the settings, definitely check into a 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.