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Original Sound of Music Tour

1. Original Sound of Music Tour

On this half-day tour you'll relive scenes from one of the most popular movies of all time. Visit the locations used during the filming of The Sound of Music in Salzburg and its surrounding countryside. During the tour, you’ll also hear songs from the original soundtrack. Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will show you the architectural and historical landmarks of the city and the picturesque Lake District. You’ll visit Leopoldskron Palace, a place whose exterior was used as the Trapp family home and where the children were seen boating on the lake and jumping into the water. Maria was a novice at Nonnberg Abbey, the oldest convent in German-speaking Europe, and your next stop. The St. Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang scenes shown at the beginning of the movie were actually filmed at Lake Fuschl, on the way to St. Gilgen, which you'll also see today. The wedding scene was filmed at Mondsee Cathedral, a buttery yellow-and-white edifice where you'll stop on the tour. Maria, led by Liesl, walked down the aisle to meet the baron in front of the stairs of the main altar. After dropping you off in Salzburg at the end of the tour you can visit Mirabell Gardens, located just opposite the tour terminal. Maria and the children were seen dancing through the Gardens singing Do-Re-Mi.

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Salzburg: Boat Ride to Hellbrunn and Palace Visit

2. Salzburg: Boat Ride to Hellbrunn and Palace Visit

Discover the old city of Salzburg by water and sail leisurely along the river. Admire the gorgeous façades of Salzburg in the direction of Hellbrunn with views of the mountain range and rural Salzburg. After half an hour, arrive at the Hellbrunn dock and board a London-style double-decker bus, which will bring you to the fairytale Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn). Enjoy priority entry to the world-famous water features in the palace's expansive gardens. Experience life as it was and see what delighted the local archbishops 400 years ago: mysterious, mystic grottoes, water features, and geysers around every corner. See the exclusive premises of the pleasure palace and hear interesting information with your audio guide. After the tour, you will return to the old city.

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Salzburg: The Original Sound of Music Tour

3. Salzburg: The Original Sound of Music Tour

Discover the hills that have been alive to the Sound of Music since 1967. This 4-hour tour of the famous movie’s locations whisks you around the historical city of Salzburg, then departs for the breathtaking mountainous landscape of Salzkammergut. Traveling with, Albus, the company involved with the original filming, you will be guided around The Mirabell Gardens – where the famous “Do-Re-Mi” singing scene took place – and the 17th-Century Hellbrunn Palace, where Rolf and Liesl sang "16 going on 17," and Maria and the Baron sang “Something Good.” Heading for the mountainous landscape of Salzkammergut, you will stop off at the idyllic Palace of Leopoldskron, the Benedictine monastery of Nonnberg Abbey, Lake Wolfgang, and the cloister church in Mondsee, where Maria walked down the aisle to meet the Baron at the altar. As well as providing a glimpse into a timeless movie, the tour also takes in many other local pieces of history and culture along the way.

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Combo Ticket: Grand City Tour and 24-Hour Salzburg Card

4. Combo Ticket: Grand City Tour and 24-Hour Salzburg Card

For centuries, Prince Archbishops represented the worldly and clerical power of this independent principality. Impressive monuments still bear witness to their rein. Renowned architects and artists worked through the centuries to create architectural masterpieces. Get to know Salzburg with it's Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque elements. After the informative 1.5-hour extended bus tour throughout Salzburg, use the included Salzburg 24h Card with free admission to all the major city sights (for example: Salzburg Cathedral, Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mirabell Palace, Getreidegasse or Mozarts Birth House) and free public bus transportation within the city limits to experience all the city has to offer. You can also ride the funicular up to explore one of the oldest fortresses in Europe - Fortress Hohensalzburg. Tip: All participants on this tour will have the opportunity to visit the famous Hellbrunn Water Trick Fountains (open April till October) right after the tour. The bus ride back to Salzburg is included with the Salzburg Card. The Salzburg Card also includes the Fortress Hohensalzburg – a free ride on the funicular, entrance fee, as well as access to all museums.

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Salzburg: City Tour and Mozart's Residence

5. Salzburg: City Tour and Mozart's Residence

The tour starts at Mirabell Palace, which was built by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich in 1606 and now houses the city's government. The next stop on the tour is Mozarteum (university for music, drama, and fine arts) and the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. You will then see the State Theatre and Mozart’s Residence at Makartplatz. Here you will also see the Church of the Holy Trinity, a Baroque masterpiece built by the architect Fischer von Erlach. After crossing the Salzach River, the tour takes you past the courthouse to Hellbrunn Palace, where you will make a short stop. The palace was built by the court architect Santino Solari in the early 17th century and served as a popular weekend destination for prince archbishops. On the way back to the city center you can admire Frohnburg Palace and Nonnberg Abbey, the oldest existing convent in the German-speaking world. The tour then takes you back to the old town through Siegmundstor. Here you will see the Festival Halls, the Horse Pond, and St. Blasius Church before ending the tour at Mozartplatz.

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The Hills Are Alive Private "Do-Re-Mi" Tour

6. The Hills Are Alive Private "Do-Re-Mi" Tour

On this excursion you will explore Salzburg and its beautiful surroundings on the traces of the world-famous musical “The Sound of Music”. Start your day with a walk through the Mirabell gardens, famous across the world for the Do-Re-Mi scenes filmed here. See the Pegasus fountain, dwarf garden as well as statues from Roman and Greek mythology and stunning, formal patterned flower beds. Drive up to one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the city, immortalised in Do-Re-Mi, with a fantastic view over the entire city of Salzburg and its millennium fortress. Back in your luxury minivan have a photo stop near Maria’s Abbey (Nonnberg Abbey) on your way to Leopoldskron Palace (boat scene and pink lemonade at the terrace). After a short stop at Leopoldskron drive on to the palace of Hellbrunn where you have the chance to visit the original gazebo and gardens. Then, leave the city driving south into the stunning Bavarian mountains where they filmed the opening scene. Now is your chance to spin in a field in the original area from the opening scene of The Hills are Alive. Journey off the beaten track down a scenic country road along the river Salzach and through the narrow gorges of the Lueg pass to Werfen where you will head to the top of the Sound of Music trail, the picnic spot from the movie. Enjoy a short rest here and its magnificent panorama view.  The final part of the tour takes you through the Austrian lake district via the scenic roads, where parts of the opening scene where filmed, and on to the “Sound of Music” wedding cathedral in Mondsee where the romantic wedding scene was filmed.

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What people are saying about Hellbrunn Palace

it was like a private bus tour. going through downtown salzburg, but also to two nearby castles you can`t get to on foot, with interesting historical background. the mozart birthplace doesn`t have much to see, but it was worth visiting to better understand salzburg`s musical roots

I highly recommend this tour our tour guide Bridgette was excellent always giving us so many real family stories plus the movie stories. I had a super great afternoon. So relaxing.

its just super awsome, amazing ride with songs from the movie the locations where they filmed sound of music, totally recomended

Brilliant afternoon. Glorious scenery and very informative tour guide. Lots of facts you may not otherwise know

Our guide David was fun and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the ride to the countryside. Town of Mondaee is beautiful!