The vistas of Salzburg, introduced to many through the Julie Andrews film, The Sound of Music. The same wind that whistled through the Untersberg is the wind that I heard howling its way through the trees and snow on the day I went up the mountain in search of snow. Down below, Salzburg remained snow free.
The beauty of Salzburg is in the architecture and people. Everywhere we went, the people we encountered on tours, such as the one that took us around the locations of The Sound of Music, to the people in the restaurants, and the hotel, had wonderful personalities and were enjoyable to be around. Salzburg is a city that has a lot to enjoy, and my visit, I only got to sample a small amount.
The Sound of Music tour is run by Panoramic Tours, and runs for about four hours, taking a bus on a tour of some of the most recognisable locations from the film. It runs both summer and winter. Experiencing this in winter was lovely, with the crisp mountain air giving life to the tour and the locations as much as the vibrant summer weather would. The first stop is Mirabell Gardens, the location of the "Do-Re-Mi" scene.
Exploring these gardens, you can retrace the steps of the scene from the movie around the fountain and up the steps, and through the foliage archway. Next, the tour takes you onto Leopoldskron Palace, where the famous boating scene was filmed at the back of the von Trapp house. Following a visit here, the tour goes onto Hellbrunn Palace and the gazebo from the film, where the "Sixteen going on Seventeen" scene took place.
The fourth stop is Nonnburg Abbey, where a stop at the foot of the mountain allows you to take a picture, though a visit to the abbey itself is not included. The fifth major stop is the Salzburg Lake District, which takes in the various panoramic scenes used throughout the film. The tour ends at Mondsee, where the wedding scene took place tin the chapel. After lunch, and a shopping stop here, the tour returns to Salzburg.
This is one of many tours that can be taken in Salzburg. It is possible to also take self-guided tours, especially within the city itself, to visit the locations shown in the film, but Salzburg also offers visitors a chance to embrace the music and history of Mozart. Mozart's Birthplace sits amidst the old buildings and shops of Salzburg, the bright yellow standing out against other colours. The Geburtshaus is one of the most frequently visited places in Austria, and gives visitors an insight into Mozart and his life.
There are many lovely things about Salzburg, and being there during the Christmas period means fabulous Christmas markets, and decorations. These are just a few things that can be done here, but there are many more aspects to Salzburg that one can explore, and perhaps a visit that lasts more than a few days is necessary to see more.