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The Sound of Music

"The Sound of Music" was so many things: an international success, a fantastic myth and a true story, all of which let the world know about Salzburg and its culture -- much as Mozart had done in another era. Follow Maria's footsteps at least once in your life!

The Sound of Music / Musical in Salzburg © Landestheater Salzburg
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.