The Trapp family is inseparably linked with Salzburg -- but many facts aren't widely known. Did you know that the famed family lost its fortune in 1933 and Maria von Trapp dismissed the servants, moved the family into the servants' quarters and rented out their former home? One of her guests, upon hearing her children sing, suggested they enter a folk music contest. It's here that the familiar story began, leading to one of the most successful musicals ever.
"The Sound of Music" gave us ”Edelweiss,” ”Do-Re-Mi” and ”My Favorite Things,” classics still passed from generation to generation. Visitors from all over the world use the opportunity to see the locations in the city of Salzburg, where the film was shot. Schloss Leopoldskron for example: an 18th century rococo castle outside central Salzburg, an exquisite jewel on a picturesque lake where Maria and the children fell from their boat. Or the Mirabell Gardens, a truly a horticultural masterpiece.
However, before you reenact the Do-Re-Mi parade through the Hedge Theater (where on many days in the spring and summer you can listen to concerts of international amateur choirs and orchestras), stop at the Dwarf Garden, where a number of misshapen creatures are on display.
This year, “The Sound of Music”, the most successful film musical in history, celebrates its 50th birthday. The hills are still alive when you travel through Austria's countryside. Follow the footsteps of the van Trapp family and experience "The Sound of Music". We suggest taking a tour and visiting the movie locations.