Wake up in Salzburg to breakfast at Cafe Fingerlos, a local institution with a long menu. Eggs and prosciutto are just as delicious as the entirely vegan options. Your first stop is just down the street, at Mirabell Palace. The 18th-century palace garden is a Baroque horticultural masterpiece – and the iconic site of where Maria and the children danced and sang “Do-Re-Mi”. The Pegasus fountain and the hedge arcade will be instantly recognizable to all Sound of Music buffs as well.
Make your way through Salzburg’s UNESCO World Heritage old town, towards Salzburg Cathedral. Outside, on Residenzplatz square, Maria could be seen singing “I Have Confidence” while splashing in the famous fountain. Head to St. Peter’s Cemetery, a stunning Gothic resting place for members of the Mozart family and another iconic “Sound of Music” location. Remember when the von Trapps hid behind the tombstones while being hunted by the Nazis? That scene was filmed right there by St. Peter’s Church.
The Rock Riding School isn’t just a highlight attraction in Salzburg - it has a connection to the “real” von Trapps, who performed in concert on the iconic stage. In the movie, Christopher Plummer’s escape plan is conceived at the “Felsenreitschule.” The fountain outside makes an appearance as well, and used to serve as a troth for the Prince Archbishop’s horses.
For an unforgettable lunch experience, learn to bake Maria’s crisp apple strudel in the cavernous show kitchen of Edelweiss Cooking School, which is built into the city mountains. It's located right in the heart of Salzburg!
Hop in your car to go to the Salzkammergut lake region, which sits just north-east of the city. Soak in the cinematic magic of Fuschlsee, Wolfgangsee, and Mondsee lakes before arriving in the village of Mondsee. The domineering cathedral in its centre served as the location of Maria and Captain von Trapp’s wedding.
Back in Salzburg, enjoy some classic Austrian cuisine at the oldest restaurant in Europe! Stiftskulinarium St. Peter was first mentioned in 803 and has grown into an acclaimed institution for fine dining in Salzburg.
After strong coffee and modern provisions at 220 GRAD in Salzburg’s old town, make your way to Nonnberg Abbey, the oldest female convent north of the Alps. It’s where the actual Maria von Trapp tried to become a Benedictine sister, and where most of the convent scenes for the film were shot. The opening sequence and the performance of “Maria” were staged in Nonnberg’s courtyard.
Next up is Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, the family’s palatial home in the film. Today, it serves as a luxury hotel and an annual meeting place for the Salzburg Global Seminar, which brings international luminaries to the “Sound of Music” relic.
Head further south to Frohnburg Palace, another stand-in for the actual “Trapp Villa.” The scene when Maria first arrives at the Trapp residence was filmed outside this gorgeous 17th-century country house, as well as the family’s quiet escape. Today it’s both a beautiful concert venue for the Mozarteum University and a dorm for music students.
The last palace on your list might also be the most opulent: Hellbrunn Palace sits in a picturesque park that features a famous network of trick fountains and an exhibit on its ecclesiastical history. Hellbrunn was built as the pleasure palace of the Prince Archbishop, and became popular with “Sound of Music” fans when the iconic gazebo from “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” and “Something Good” was moved to its gardens.
Drive south towards the town of Werfen, and make a pit-stop at Döllerer’s Genusswelt, a restaurant and delicatessen in Golling. Döllerer’s upscale inn is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the region with a traditionally Austrian menu.
Once in Werfen, you’ll immediately recognize the idyllic scenery with its rolling mountains and lush Alpine meadows. This is where Maria and the children sang “Do Re Mi” in one of the film’s most beloved moments. Even in the film you’re able to spot Hohenwerfen Fortress in the background, a Medieval bastion with imposing stone walls. Walk the “Sound of Music Trail” for the best vantage points and access to all filming locations.
If you have time to spare in the afternoon, head to the nearby World of Ice Giants, the largest ice caves in the world. These mystical caverns weren’t featured in any film, but make you feel like you stepped into one.
Restaurant Obauer in Werfen is another culinary adventure in SalzburgerLand. The award-winning team serves complex dishes in an elegant but inviting setting. Only the freshest ingredients from nearby producers make it into Obauer’s kitchen.