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June 10, 2008
From journal Three Seasons in Two Weeks: Austria
August 3, 2007
From journal Sound of Music in Salzburg
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
June 20, 2004
The SOM tour is one of the most popular ones in Salzburg but mostly with North Americans. The movie, based on the true-life story of Maria Von Trapp, was a huge hit in North America. It didn’t achieve the same popularity in Europe and most Salzburgers were puzzled by the hoopla surrounding the movie and the influx of tourists who wanted to visit the sights where it was filmed.
Sue, our tour guide, was an extremely friendly and bubbly person who really knew her stuff about SOM. We left from Mirabellplatz, across from Mirabell Gardens where Maria and the children danced around the Pegasus statue in the film. Our first stop was at Leopoldskron Pond, where the boating scenes were filmed. Across the pond was
Leopoldskron Castle, which was used as the setting for the von Trapp house. Now a
convention centre/retreat, the castle is not open to the public.
Then it was on to
Hellbrunn Gardens where the gazebo, setting of the scene between Liesl and her beau is
located. The gazebo used to be open to the public but has been locked since an 80 year
old broke her hip while hopping from bench to bench singing "I am 16 going on 17". I
just hope I’m that young at heart when I reach 80.
As the bus headed out of town we
passed by Nonnberg Abbey where Julie Andrews started her SOM "life" as a novice nun.
Soon we were traveling through the Salzkammergut (Salt Lake District) with its pretty little villages nestled on the shores of the large lake. We drove past Fuschl where the opening scenes from the movie were filmed. Today Fuschl is best known as the place where the popular energy drink, Red Bull, was invented.
We made a twenty minute
stop in St. Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart’s mother. This gave us enough time for a quick
walk through the town square and time to browse in a few shops or watch the small boats on the Wolfgangsee. Our final stop was Mondsee to see the cathedral where Maria and Captain von Trapp were married. The church was very picturesque as was Mondsee’s
colourful main street area and the 45 minute stop gave us time to explore both. The tour
finished back at Mirabellplatz and each passenger was given a package of Edelweiss seeds as a memento.
Tours leave from Mirabellplatz at 9:30 and 2 pm daily and last about 3 ½ hours. The tour is a must for SOM fans and even those not interested in the movie will enjoy the little villages and picturesque scenery along the way.
From journal Salzburg Sidetrips
February 8, 2003
From journal An Austrian Gem
Hong Kong, China
May 21, 2002
Near the church, there is a place for eating apfelstrudel (hot apple pie served with cream and vanilla ice-cream). Go to have a try, you would miss it!
The tour guide is a funny guy - and he talked sooooo much! Sometimes, I felt like I was being disturbed when I was enjoying the beautiful scene. = P
From journal Musical Salzburg
Vancouver, British Columbia
September 2, 2000
From journal A Day in Salzburg