“Of all the lovely re­gions I have seen, none can com­pare to Salzburg’s strik­ing nat­u­ral beauty,” said Salzburg city’s most fa­mous son, Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart, and how very apt his ob­ser­va­tion was, which I was to dis­cover for my­self when I went on a trip to this mes­meris­ing Aus­trian city last win­ter.

There is a maxim that a Ben­gali and his mu­sic are in­sep­a­ra­ble and be­ing a Ben­gali from the land of No­bel Lau­re­ate Tagore, mu­sic does come nat­u­rally to me. Hav­ing been born into a Ben­gali fam­ily steeped in Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Geeti, mu­sic was a part of the grow­ing up process which I, like all other Ben­gali folks, was ex­posed to right from birth. How­ever, I must ad­mit, my ac­quain­tance with Western Clas­si­cal mu­sic wasn’t all that deep, limited to at­tend­ing the oc­ca­sional Western con­certs that are held in Kolkata, un­til, that is, I landed in Salzburg.

Thanks to my travel agent, I was in Salzburg within 2 hours of land­ing in Vi­enna - the cap­i­tal city of Aus­tria, which was be­decked in snow and where “the splen­dour of the Alps” took on a new meaning.

An in­ter­est­ing statis­tic was pro­vided to me by my guide Jozeph, that Salzburg’s per­capita-ra­tio of tourists is higher than that of Venice and that this city of Mozart is among the busiest in the whole of Europe.

Salzburg is ev­ery bit a ro­coco city and the denizens take im­mense pride in the fact that Mozart was born in this city. El­e­gant churches, grace­ful cas­tles and re­gal palaces dot the city land­scape. No won­der that Salzburg, and more sig­nif­i­cantly the “Old City” precinct, is a UNESCO des­ig­nated World Her­itage Site.

The joke ‘If it’s b(a)roque, don’t fix it’ is a per­fect maxim for Salzburg and the sto­ry­book Old Town bur­rowed be­low steep hills looks much as it did when Mozart lived here 250 years ago. Stand­ing be­side the fast-flow­ing Salzach River, your gaze is raised inch by inch to grace­ful domes and spires, the for­mi­da­ble clifftop fortress and the moun­tains be­yond. It’s a back­drop that did the lordly prince-arch­bish­ops and Maria of the Sound of Mu­sic fame proud.

Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart is un­doubt­edly one of the great­est mu­sic com­posers of all time and the ec­stasies that he com­posed will res­onate and re­ver­ber­ate

through the ages to come. Such a ge­nius is born once in a mil­len­nium and al­most all vis­i­tors to this Aus­trian city love to em­bark on a voy­age of dis­cov­ery in the foot­steps of this noble son of Salzburg.

Day 1 of my Visit Salzburg agenda be­gan with a sump­tu­ous break­fast at the iconic Café To­maselli, and le­gend has it that the great mu­si­cian him­self used to fre­quent this out­let and that he had a par­tic­u­lar lik­ing for its spe­cial­ity, Al­mond Milk. For sev­eral years, Mozart’s widow had lived on the up­per floor of this Cafe, which to­day has be­come a land­mark fea­ture of Salzburg Tourism. Not far from the Cafe, a leisurely walk through the Old Town is just what the doc­tor or­dered and the mag­nif­i­cent statue of Mozart, which was built way back in the year 1844 at Mozart Square, is your first point of con­tact with the great mu­si­cal ge­nius. On this stately baroque square, Mozart is lit­er­ally and metaphor­i­cally put on a pedestal. The square hums with street en­ter­tain­ers and the clip-clop of horse­drawn car­riages. It’s flanked on one side by the Salzburg Mu­seum. In close prox­im­ity to Mozart Square is the mag­nif­i­cent Salzburg Cathe­dral where Mozart was bap­tised, and this clas­sic baroque ed­i­fice is eas­ily one of the city’s most note­wor­thy cathe­drals. Ku­dos to the Cathe­dral man­age­ment for the im­pec­ca­ble man­ner in which the old Bap­tismal Arena has been pre­served.

Need­less to say, this area is the Holi­est of Holy shrine for mu­si­cians and Mozart had com­posed some of his most melo­di­ous mu­sic in this hal­lowed arena.

From the sanc­ti­fied am­bi­ence of the Salzburg Cathe­dral to the birth­place of Mozart, which is lo­cated in close prox­im­ity to the Al­ter Markt, Ge­trei­de­gasse, to be pre­cise, is the ul­ti­mate pil­grim­age that any mu­si­cian can as­pire to. While walk­ing across the road to Mozart’s birth­place, I fondly re­mem­bered San­tinike­tan – the abode of Tagore, and the great mu­si­cal con­tri­bu­tions they both have left for hu­man­ity. World-renowned or­ches­tras, con­duc­tors and soloists cel­e­brate Mozart’s birth­day with a feast of his mu­sic dur­ing Mozart Week in late Jan­uary. Mozart’s birth­place is open to vis­i­tors from 9 am5.30 pm and from July to Au­gust till 7 pm. My guide Jozeph sug­gested that we have lunch at the Stift­skuli­nar­ium res­tau­rant, which hap­pens to be Europe’s old­est res­tau­rant and dates back to 803 AD. Here the cui­sine is truly lo­cal and you can bask in the un­in­ter­rupted sights that of­fer a peek into Salzburg’s rich, vir­ile past.

From Mozart’s birth­place, a short walk along the Staats­brucke that leads to Makart­platz-8 will take you to the Mozart Res­i­dence . The Mozart fam­ily lived here from 1773 and now this res­i­dence has been im­pec­ca­bly ren­o­vated and con­verted into

a mu­seum. After spend­ing qual­ity time at Mozart’s res­i­dence, make it a point to visit the Bi­b­lio­theca Mozartiana, which un­doubt­edly must be the most well-stocked li­brary ded­i­cated to Mozart, with as many as 35,000 ti­tles.

Salzburg’s most vis­i­ble icon is the mighty, 900-year-old cliff-top fortress, Fes­tung (Fortress) Ho­hen­salzburg, one of the big­gest and best pre­served in Europe. The fortress is a steep 15-minute jaunt from the cen­tre or a speedy ride up in the glass Fes­tungs­bahn fu­nic­u­lar, which whisks you up to the hill­top cas­tle in a mat­ter of min­utes, sav­ing you the leg­work on the stiff up­hill walk­ing track that leads to the top. It’s easy to spend half a day up here, roam­ing the ram­parts for far-reach­ing views over the city’s spires, the Salzach River and the moun­tains. Mak­ing a grace­ful leap across the Salzach River, the Art Nou­veau–style Mozart­steg bridge, named after the city’s most fa­mous son, shines in the win­ter sun.

High­lights of the fortress visit in­clude the Golden Hall – where lav­ish ban­quets were once held – with a gold-stud­ded ceil­ing im­i­tat­ing a starry night sky. Your ticket also gets you into the Mar­i­onette Mu­seum, where skele­ton-in-a-box Arch­bishop Wolf Di­et­rich steals the (pup­pet) show, as well as the Fortress Mu­seum, which show­cases a 1612 model of Salzburg, me­dieval in­stru­ments, ar­mour and some pretty grue­some tor­ture de­vices.

How can we have an evening in the home­town of Mozart with­out a con­cert? Well, make no mis­take, Aus­trian Tourism au­thor­i­ties have rather in­no­va­tively pack­aged con­cert shows at the im­pres­sive Salzburg Mar­i­onette Theater for ex­clu­sive Mozart Op­eras. The Golden Hall is also the back­drop for year-round Fes­tungskonz­erte (fortress con­certs), which of­ten fo­cus on Mozart’s works. See www.mozart­fes­ti­ for times and prices.

I was also in­formed that The Von Trapp fam­ily of Salzburg (of the Sound of Mu­sic movie fame), are an in­te­gral part of the city’s cul­tural folk­lore and one great way to ex­plore the many fas­ci­nat­ing city vis­tas

and the ad­join­ing ru­ral ar­eas of Salzburg is by em­bark­ing on an ex­clu­sive bus tour op­er­ated by Panorama tours.

I was pretty im­pressed by the in­ge­nu­ity of the Aus­trian cul­tural man­darins who have come up with a one-of-its-kind Fes­ti­val Dis­trict, at the scenic Mönchs­berg neigh­bour­hood. Apart from the fes­ti­val halls, the Felsen­re­itschule in par­tic­u­lar is sheer class and Fis­cher von Er­lach, the world renowned architect, had de­signed this mas­ter­piece way back in 1693.

No mat­ter what time of the year you travel to Salzburg, there will al­ways be cul­tural events galore to choose from and did you know that close to 4,000 plus cul­tural events take place ev­ery year in Salzburg, thereby con­fer­ring on this out­stand­ing city the price­less tag of Europe’s most im­por­tant cul­tural hub.

No visit to Salzburg is ever com­plete with­out a visit to the re­gal, opu­lent Hell­brunn Palace. The spe­cial­i­ties of the palace are the “Trick Foun­tains”, which were a legacy of the aris­to­cratic Ital­ian no­ble­men and this is per­haps the only place in the world where you will find th­ese Trick Foun­tains. The Arch­bishop of Salzburg, Mar­cus Sit­tikus, took enor­mous pride in en­ter­tain­ing his hon­oured guests with

sur­prises be­side th­ese foun­tains.

Since I was trav­el­ling to Salzburg in the month of De­cem­ber, I was wit­ness to the rather gor­geous Christ­mas Mar­ket, held in­side the premises of Hell­brunn Palace. The Ben­galis’ love af­fair with sweets is by now well-known and the Christ­mas pas­tries on of­fer at the Christ­mas mar­ket was just ir­re­sistible for me. After a long time, I also had the priv­i­lege to lis­ten to Christ­mas car­ols sung by some of Aus­tria’s most leg­endary folk mu­si­cians. And what a way to wel­come Christ­mas, as you hang out over the finest mulled Aus­trian wine and par­take in the fes­tive spirit with the lo­cal denizens. Imag­ine the sight of 400 Christ­mas trees shim­mer­ing with 10,000 plus lights. True wiz­ardry at work !

For a slice of Baroque ar­chi­tec­tural splen­dour, the Dom Quartier is the place to go. The crown­ing glory of Salzburg’s new Dom Quartier, the Res­i­denz, is where the prince-arch­bish­ops held court un­til Salzburg be­came part of the Hab­s­burg

Em­pire in the 19th cen­tury. An au­dio­gu­ide tour takes in the ex­u­ber­ant state rooms, lav­ishly adorned with ta­pes­tries, stucco and fres­coes by Jo­hann Michael Rottmayr. The 3rd floor is given over to the Res­i­den­z­ga­lerie, where the fo­cus is on Flem­ish and Dutch masters. Nowhere is the pomp and cir­cum­stance of Salzburg more tan­gi­ble than at this re­gal palace. A man of grand de­signs, Wolf Di­et­rich von Rait­e­nau, the prince-arch­bishop of Salzburg from 1587 to 1612, gave the go-ahead to build this baroque palace on the site of an 11th­cen­tury bishop’s res­i­dence. The en­tire royal com­plex con­sist­ing of Res­i­dence, Cathe­dral, and the In-house Bene­dic­tine Monastery un­der the tute­lage of St. Peter, is now open to the pub­lic. As you wend your way across to the Cathe­dral Ter­race, the sur­real sight of the Old Town takes your breath away. Try reach­ing the Or­gan Gallery, from where the en­tire Dom Quartier com­plex and the Old Town’s his­tor­i­cal rem­nants can be savoured. The tour also takes vis­i­tors along the sanc­ti­fied Long Cor­ri­dor, which fea­tures sa­cred paint­ings from the erst­while Arch­dio­cese of St. Peter, with brief halts at the mu­seum of St. Peter, where you just

can’t help mar­vel­ling at the ethe­real sight of the Fran­cis­can Church, and as the tour cul­mi­nates at the glo­ri­ous Cara­binieri Hall, you are left ab­so­lutely stu­pe­fied. With its horse-drawn car­riages, palace and street en­ter­tain­ers, its stately baroque square, Res­i­den­z­platz, is the Salzburg of a thou­sand post­cards. Its cen­tre­piece is the Res­i­denzbrun­nen, an enor­mous mar­ble foun­tain, ringed by four wa­ter-spout­ing horses and topped by Tri­ton, bear­ing a conch shell. This plaza too is the late-16th­cen­tury vi­sion of Prince-arch­bishop Wolf Di­et­rich von Rait­e­nau who, in­spired by the ar­chi­tec­ture of Rome, en­listed Ital­ian architect Vin­cenzo Scamozzi to de­sign it.

Out­side Salzburg, make it a point to ven­ture along to the rather idyl­lic sur­round­ings of Salzburg’s Lake Dis­trict Area -- St Gil­gen. Here, you drive past the shim­mer­ing Lake Fuschl and Lake Wolf­gang, and the mes­meris­ing nat­u­ral panorama and ma­jes­tic views from St. Gil­gen have beck­oned many nat­u­ral­ists to spend qual­ity time and in­tro­spect on the deeper meaning of life.

And ris­ing above Salzburg and strad­dling the Ger­man bor­der is the rugged 1853m peak of Un­ters­berg. Spec­tac­u­lar views of the city, the Rosit­ten Val­ley and the Ty­rolean, Salzburg and Bavar­ian alpine ranges un­fold from the sum­mit. The moun­tain is a mag­net to lo­cal skiers in win­ter, and hik­ers, climbers and paraglid­ers in sum­mer. From the cable car top sta­tion, short, easy trails lead to nearby view­points at Geiereck (1805m) and Salzburg Hochthron, while oth­ers take you much deeper into the Alps. Tem­per­a­tures can feel sig­nif­i­cantly cooler up here than down in the val­ley and trails are loose un­der­foot, so bring a fleece or jacket and sturdy footwear if you plan on do­ing some walk­ing. A cable car runs ev­ery half-hour to the peak. To reach the cable car val­ley sta­tion, take bus 25 from Salzburg’s Haupt­bahn­hof or Mirabellplatz to St Leon­hard and the val­ley sta­tion.

Out­side Salzburg, near Un­ters­berg, the open-air Freilicht­mu­seum har­bours around 100 ar­che­typal Aus­trian farm­houses, evok­ing the crafts and trades of yore. It has trac­tors to clam­ber over, goats to feed, a but­ter­fly watch­ing area and a huge ad­ven­ture play­ground. It’s 21 km south­west of Salzburg.

The lit­tle town of Mond­see too is worth a visit and is most renowned for its sig­na­ture Wed­ding Chapel, where the wed­ding of Maria and Baron Von Trapp was shot in the movie star­ring Julie An­drews, The Sound of Mu­sic.

The grand ro­coco palace of Schloss Leopold­skron, a 15-minute walk from Fes­tung Ho­hen­salzburg, is where the lake scene was filmed in The Sound of Mu­sic. Its Vene­tian Room was the blue­print for the Trapp’s lav­ish ball­room, where the chil­dren bid their farewells. It’s now a plush ho­tel, but you can ad­mire it from the out­side.

And short climb up the Nonnbergstiege stair­case from Kaigasse or along Fes­tungs­gasse brings you to a Bene­dic­tine con­vent, founded 1300 years ago, that was made fa­mous as the nun­nery in The Sound of Mu­sic. You can visit the beau­ti­ful rib­vaulted church, but the rest of the con­vent is off-lim­its. Take €0.50 to switch on the light that il­lu­mi­nates the beau­ti­ful Ro­manesque fres­coes.

Be­yond Salzburg’s two big­gest mon­eyspin­ners – Mozart and The Sound of Mu­sic – hides a city with a bur­geon­ing arts scene, won­der­ful food, man­i­cured parks, quiet side streets where clas­si­cal mu­sic wafts from open win­dows, and con­cert halls that up­hold mu­si­cal tra­di­tion 365 days a year. Ev­ery­where you go, the scenery, the sky­line, the mu­sic and the his­tory send your spir­its soar­ing higher than Julie An­drews’ oc­tave­leap­ing vo­cals.

While in Salzburg, dis­cern­ing vis­i­tors make it a point to dine at St.peter Res­tau­rant, which has a his­tory of over 1200 years of gen­uine Aus­trian hos­pi­tal­ity. Hosts Veronika Kirch­mair and Claus Haslauer of­fer guests the finest Aus­trian din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence amidst its “Old Stone” in­te­ri­ors.

Mozart Din­ner Con­certs too are also an in­te­gral part of the culi­nary tra­di­tion at Stiftskeller St Peter’s lav­ish baroque hall. This themed din­ner, with Mozart mu­sic, cos­tumed per­form­ers and 18th­cen­tury-style food trans­ports you back to the time of Mozart. Imag­ine the am­bi­ence of a can­dle­light din­ner dat­ing back to the 1790s, with a his­tor­i­cal menu, along with

Mozart’s har­mo­nious mu­sic.

When you are tired of tramp­ing around, visit Au­gustiner Bräustübl. Since 1621, this cheery, monastery-run brew­ery has been serv­ing po­tent home­brews in beer steins in the vaulted hall and be­neath the chest­nut trees in the 1000-seat beer gar­den. Get your tankard filled at the foyer pump and visit the snack stands for hearty, beer-swig­ging grub like Stelzen (ham hock), pork belly and gi­ant pret­zels. Who says monks can’t en­joy them­selves? Cheers to Alpine Cozi­ness!


Off the Beaten Track Des­ti­na­tions

Worth Ex­plor­ing - Ho­hen­wer­fen Cas­tle (1 hour, south of Salzburg), World of Ice Gi­ants (10 min drive from Ho­hen­wer­fen Cas­tle): Groß­glock­ner High Alpine Road (1 hour 40 min south of Salzburg), Krimml Wa­ter­falls (2 hours south west of Salzburg):

Salzburg Fes­ti­val - The ab­so­lute high­light of the city’s events cal­en­dar is the Salzburg Fes­ti­val. It’s a grand af­fair, with some 200 pro­duc­tions – in­clud­ing the­atre, clas­si­cal mu­sic and opera – staged in the im­pres­sive sur­rounds of the Grosses Fest­piel­haus and the baroque Felsen­re­itschule. Housed in the former royal sta­bles, the Haus für Mozart (also known as the Kleines Fest­spiel­haus) is an­other of the venues of the Salzburg Fes­ti­val. Tickets range from €11 to €430;

book well ahead.

Salzburg Card - With a choice be­tween a 24, 48 or 72 hour pass, you’ll en­joy free ad­mis­sion to over 30 at­trac­tions and mu­se­ums in the ‘City of Mozart’, free use of the pub­lic trans­port net­work and dis­counts at nu­mer­ous other sights. The free ‘Salzburg Guide’ is pro­vided with the card on ex­change of your voucher.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion: Some of the city’s out­stand­ing ho­tels are Ro­man­tik Ho­tel Im Weis­sen Rössl, Ho­tel Sacher Salzburg, Ho­tel Schloss Mönch­stein, Artho­tel Blaue Gans. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www. The Sound of Mu­sic tour: Salzburg be­yond the tourist Trapps

The Sound of Mu­sic movie turned 50 in 2015 and Salzburg is singing about it at the top of its voice. But who were the Trapps re­ally? To find out you need to start at the very be­gin­ning – in the orig­i­nal fam­ily home in Ai­gen. Villa Trapp

It can be dif­fi­cult to move in Salzburg at times, which is why it is re­fresh­ing to es­cape the throngs for a while and fol­low the Salzach River as it curves gen­tly south to Ai­gen and Villa Trapp. Nes­tled in its own park, the stout yellow man­sion, built in 1863, is grand but not os­ten­ta­tiously so – a fit­ting home for one of the city’s most fa­mous fam­i­lies.

Step in­side as a ho­tel guest or on a guided tour and the first thing you clap eyes on is a sweep­ing stair­case – not as opu­lent as the one in the film, but a fea­ture none­the­less. “The Trapp chil­dren used to slide down this ban­is­ter on their bel­lies”, says man­ager Christo­pher Un­terkofler. He points to a por­trait hang­ing above the stair­case. “Those are the real chil­dren: Ru­pert, Agathe, Maria, Werner, Hed­wig, Jo­hanna and Martina. In re­al­ity there was no Kurt, no Liesl”. Pic­tured are the seven chil­dren from Ge­org von Trapp’s first mar­riage to Agathe White­head, who died in 1922 of scar­let fever, the same year the baron moved to the villa and added the up­per floor with ser­vants’ quar­ters.

“Agathe was the love of his life”, says Christo­pher. “But Ge­org von Trapp was a prac­ti­cal man and knew the chil­dren needed a mother”. Cue Maria. Two years after meet­ing the pos­tu­lant nun and teacher from Nonnberg Abbey, the baron pro­posed and they were mar­ried in 1927 – he was 47, she was 22. “The nuns were pleased as Maria never re­ally had the right tem­per­a­ment to be­come a nun. She was not in love but she liked the baron and came to love him in her fash­ion. And she al­ways loved the chil­dren”. Three more Trapp chil­dren fol­lowed from their mar­riage – Ros­marie, Eleonore and Jo­hannes.

Truth be­hind the Hol­ly­wood le­gend

What swiftly be­comes clear is that this is a house brim­ming with sto­ries that un­ravel

the truth be­hind the Hol­ly­wood le­gend. Pho­tos line the walls and mem­o­ra­bilia fills the cab­i­nets, in­clud­ing the ad­mi­ral’s whis­tle, model ship and bell. “Ge­org von Trapp was a first-class cap­tain and one of the most highly dec­o­rated Aus­trian ad­mi­rals of WWI”, says Christo­pher. “The photo of him on a sub­ma­rine was taken after he sank the French bat­tle­ship Léon Gam­betta, for which he re­ceived the high­est hon­our: the Knight’s Cross of the Mil­i­tary Or­der of Maria Theresa. He was a na­tional hero who dreamed about sail­ing around the world with his fam­ily – a dream he never re­alised after los­ing much of his for­tune dur­ing the Great Depression”.

When the film was re­leased i n 1965, the chil­dren were shocked about how their fa­ther was por­trayed. “He was a kind fam­ily man, to­tally de­voted to his chil­dren, not stern like in the film. And he never made the kids march”, says Christo­pher. The fa­mous whis­tle was a means of call­ing the kids in from play in a pre-mo­bile age, with each child re­spond­ing to a dif­fer­ent note. Ed­u­ca­tion was para­mount – the chil­dren were taught lan­guages and how to play an in­stru­ment. Both Maria and Ge­org von Trapp be­lieved that mu­sic brought peo­ple to­gether and this was al­ways a house filled with song. Dur­ing the world eco­nomic cri­sis in 1935, the fam­ily let out

the down­stairs rooms to sem­i­nar­ists, one of whom was Fa­ther Was­ner. The Catholic priest does not ap­pear in the film but his part was im­por­tant – he spot­ted the fam­ily’s mu­si­cal tal­ent and be­came the di­rec­tor of the Trapp Fam­ily Choir, play­ing a piv­otal role in their suc­cess as a tour­ing act. The Trapps and World War II

Then came the An­schluss, the Ger­man an­nex­a­tion of Aus­tria in March 1938. Cap­tain Von Trapp, a staunch anti-nazi, de­clined a com­mis­sion in the Ger­man Navy and re­fused to sing at Hitler’s birth­day party. As the dark­ness drew closer, the fam­ily de­cided they had to leave Salzburg for the United States via Italy. “But the Trapps never looked into the mouths of Nazi pis­tols”, Christo­pher ad­mits. “They sim­ply locked up and took a train to South Ty­rol. The next time you watch the movie, look closely at the clos­ing scene with the Bavar­ian Alps and you’ll no­tice a small black house, the Ea­gle’s Nest. If they had gone that way, they would have walked straight into Hitler’s path”.

Dur­ing World WII, Villa Trapp was the Salzburg head­quar­ters of Hein­rich Himm­ler, the dreaded Re­ichs­führer of the SS. Gone was the cheer­ful song and chil­dren’s laugh­ter, and in its place were vi­cious dogs, swastikas and a high wall con­ceal­ing what went on be­hind it. “He had the men who built that wall shot”, Christo­pher says. “When Himm­ler fled in 1945, the Trapps wanted the house to go to the Mis­sion­ar­ies of the Pre­cious Blood to erad­i­cate his evil spirit with the power of prayer”.

What be­came of the Trapps is a happy end­ing be­fit­ting of Hol­ly­wood. The fam­ily ar­rived in the States with just three dol­lars to their name and suc­cess­fully be­gan a new life. If their heavy-go­ing choral mu­sic didn’t go down well in Amer­ica at first, they soon learned to adapt their reper­toire, mak­ing it more folksy and fun.

The hills are for­ward­ing 70 years, the daugh­ter Maria re­turned to the villa in 2008. The home had been lov­ingly re­stored to its former glory and con­verted into a guest­house by Christo­pher and his wife, Mar­i­anne. Maria’s great­est wish dur­ing her brief visit to Salzburg was to go up to the peak of Gais­berg, to feel the spirit of her Aus­trian home and gaze out across the hills that were once alive with the sound of the Trapp fam­ily mu­sic.

If you are still crav­ing more of The Sound of Mu­sic folk­lore, here are the top five Sound of Mu­sic lo­ca­tions for your own self-guided tour of the movie lo­ca­tions when you are in Salzburg:

Schloss Mirabell -- The gar­den’s gnomes, Pe­ga­sus foun­tain and steps with views of the high-on-a-hill fortress might in­spire a ren­di­tion of ‘Do-re-mi’, es­pe­cially if there’s a drop of golden sun.

Res­i­den­z­platz -- This stately square in Salzburg’s baroque heart is where Julie An­drews (aka Maria) belts out ‘I Have Con­fi­dence’, play­fully splash­ing in the Res­i­denzbrun­nen foun­tain.

Schloss Leopold­skron -- The lake scene where the cur­tain-clad kids tum­ble out of the row­boat? It was filmed with this ro­coco palace as a back­drop.

Un­ters­berg -- No time to climb ev­ery moun­tain? Take the cable car up to this 1853m peak, which ap­pears briefly at the end of the movie, for stun­ning alpine views.

Schloss Hell­brunn -- The gar­dens of this whim­si­cal 17th-cen­tury sum­mer palace are home to the pav­il­ion de­picted in the song, ‘I am Six­teen Go­ing on Seven­teen’.


Sum­mer Panorama in Salzburg

Kapitelplatz in Salzburg

Statue of Mozart in Mozart Square

Fortress Ho­hen­salzburg and the Old Town

Res­i­dence of Mozart

Per­for­mance of Ab­duc­tion of Seraglio opera in Salzburg

Folk Dance at Mozart­platz

View of Salzburg’s Domquartier

Bik­ing in Salzburg

Win­ter Land­scape in Salzburg

Ho­hen­wer­fen Fortress in Au­tumn

Alpine Hut with Wa­ter Mill

View of the Lake

Church in Maria Alm am Stein­er­nen Meer vil­lage

Silent Night Chapel in Salzburg

Wa­ter Reser­voir at Kaprun

View of Nonnberg

Badgastein Wa­ter­fall

Lake Zeller See in Pinz­gau Re­gion

Land­scape near Dien­ten, Salzburg

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