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One day in Salzburg

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One day in Salzburg

Hi everyone,

My brother and I are gonna be in Salzburg for one day next November. We'll be in Munich for a week and will be taking a day trip to Salzburg.

I'd love to hear suggestions on some itineraries.

I'm a BIG fan of the Sound of Music film, therefore I would love to visit some of the movie locations. But I do know that Salzburg has a lot of interesting places to visit such as the historical center, the fortress, the cathedral, everything related to Mozart, etc.. So I haven't made up my mind if I should just let go of the movie locations and just explore Salzburg's old town.

Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated! :)

Ana

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1. Re: One day in Salzburg

Hello, many of the movie locations are in the heart of the old town so you can see lots of them while you're doing your general sight-seeing, for example Mozart's house (not birthplace) is right across the road from Mirabelgarten where famous scenes from the film were shot. Nonnberg Abbey is just below the fortress so you could see the fortress and go to Nonnberg on the way down the hill.

I have a list of the movie locations in the film which I can post here. I compiled this list because some of them are not covered in The Sound of Music tours. I'm having computer problems at the moment and posting this from another machine so I can't pull it up today. If you could wait a few days I'll post it up for you.

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Liz.

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2. Re: One day in Salzburg

Hi Liz,

Thank you for your kind response. If you could post the movie locations, that would be wonderful. :)

Best regards,

Ana

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3. Re: One day in Salzburg

I agree with Liz,

Stay central, in a day you can see most of the city and take in some movie locations into the bargain, you won't have time to take bus tours etc. IMO

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4. Re: One day in Salzburg

Salzburg is quite a small town. In one day you can see all the sights of the old town, and also have time to browse the new town on the other side of the river.

(If you don't approve of zoos, then don't read any further)

The zoo has a fascinating location in a park about 3 miles from Salzburg. On one side of a path are the enclosures (which are quite large), and on the other side are spectacular mountain views.

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5. Re: One day in Salzburg

Hello, Ana,

Here is the Sound of Music information I promised:

Hello, here are the SOM sights in Salzburg that you can see on foot in the city, and some others very close by:

If you are arriving by train the first Sound of Music sight you come to is Mirabelgarten. You could walk here from the station or take a bus. At Mirbelgarten there is the hedge “tunnel” that Maria and the children run through. There is the pond and fountain they dance around and also the set of steps where they sing the finale of “Do-re-mi.” From Mirabel you can walk out into Makartplatz, turn right past the Landestheater and then cross the river by the Makartsteg footbridge. This will take you into the old city. If you have a city map just head for Domplatz (cathedral square) or Residenzplatz. In Residenzplatz there is the horse fountain dating from the 17th century. When Maria leaves the abbey she dips her hand into this fountain on her way to the bus.

Much artistic licence is taken during these scenes. Maria would be doubling back on herself and taking a most strange route to the bus if the scenes are to be believed. But they were filmed for the lovely views and while it’s a little confusing for fans of the film, you do see some lovely parts of town.

In the do-re-mi scenes they ride through Mozartplatz in a horse and carriage. The shops that they pass have changed very little. Mozartplatz is right next door to Residenzplatz so you can walk to it very quickly.

The inspiration for the scene where the family hide behind grave stones is St Peter’s Cemetery. The actual film set was in a studio but at St Peter’s you can see the tall grave stones enclosed behind wrought iron gates. This is a lovely spot to visit. The cemetery is approached from a variety of ways. You can go in from Kapitelplatz, next to the cathedral and walk through. If you go in this way and walk right through to St Peter’s church (very elaborate and worth a visit) you are almost at the Rock Riding School which is the scene for the concert at the end of SOM when the family first escape. If you’re unsure where it is just ask directions. Everyone is very helpful. I have not been inside the Rock Riding School myself so can’t say too much about it. Just beyond it is the Horse Pond in Karajanplatz. The pond is seen in the film but I can’t remember precisely at which point.

If you carry along past Karajanplatz you come to the Monchsberg lift. You can take the lift to the museum of modern art. Just outside the doors of the museum is a fabulous view of the city. It is at this point (formerly known as The Winkler Steps because of the Café Winkler that once stood there) that Maria and the children first put words to the song Do-re-mi. You could then walk along the Monchsberg towards the fortress. The fortress path is signposted as is the path which leads to Nonnberg Abbey. You follow the path up to the abbey and you come to the little abbey church. In the film Maria walks out into the garden of the church when she first leaves the abbey (guitar in hand). She then walks out of the gates (bit of artistic licence here too). You can go through these gates into the church. The gates are also the spot where the children talk to the nuns when they come to find Maria.

A couple of the city SOM sights are a little way out of the city. Frohnburg, the house at which Maria arrives when she gets off the bus, is situated on the Hellbrunner Allee. It’s a good walk out of the city along a lovely pedestrianised path. Although the house is nice to see you cannot go inside and sometimes there are cars parked in front, spoiling the image somewhat. In the film it appears as though only one house is used but in fact the house with the lake behind it is Schloss Leopoldskron. This again is just outside the city and is a hotel and events venue. You could get there by bus or taxi for a look but you can actually see it from the southern walls of the fortress if you can’t spare the time to go to it.

The famous gazebo, where Rolf and Liesl dance and sing “Sixteen going on Seventeen) is at Schloss Hellbrunn. You are not allowed inside it and to be honest it’s a bit of a disappointment. If you’re visiting Hellbrunn anyway then you can take a quick look and a photo, but of all the things to see at Hellbrunn that is probably the least interesting.

Other incidental sights are the Mozartsteg footbridge across the river which Maria and the children cross, they also dance along the river bank with the city viewed behind them. This footbridge can be reached by turning left out of Mozartplatz and walking to the river.

As I said before the old city itself is tiny so you could see all the sights within it very easily in a day.

The sights that you miss, by not going on the tour, are the wedding church at Mondsee and some places that feature in the opening credits of the film. With only one day in Salzburg I think you would regret taking the tour and missing the chance to wander the lovely streets in town.

A SOM sight that most people (except for die-hard fans of the film) don’t get to see is the Do-re-mi meadow. This is the scene where Maria first teaches the children to sing. The meadow is situated above Werfen, a little town about twenty-five miles south of Salzburg. I have seen it because you can view it from the ice caves at Eisriesenwelt (across the valley) but so far I haven’t visited it. I think you have to be very enthusiastic about the film to walk right up the hillside and we’ve always had lots of other stuff to see.

I hope this has been useful. If you’ve any other questions please ask.

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6. Re: One day in Salzburg

Liz,

What a wonderful post! I truly appreciate your effort to post this. Very, very helpful, that was exactly what I was looking for.

I cannot wait to see all these sites. I'm sure I'll be able to enjoy Salzburg at its most.

Again, thank you so much :)

My best regards,

Ana Beatriz

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7. Re: One day in Salzburg

Hello, Ana Beatriz

Glad the posting was helpful. If you wanted to go to see the gazebo at Hellbrunn you catch the No. 25 bus. If you're in the old city you can catch it at Justizgebaude (make sure you're the side of the road for the bus going to Hellbrunn). Someone would give you directions. It would be about a fifteen minute bus ride. Otherwise you could get a taxi there (even less time). Have fun.

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8. Re: One day in Salzburg

You can take the Sound of Music tour if you are interested. I did not take this tour as I'm not a fan of SOM, but I did hear of some good reviews.

For 1 day in Salzburg, I would suggest that you explore the old town, cathedrals, churches and Mozart's houses in the morning and then rush off for the SOM tour in the afternoon.

This means that you will miss out on the fortress (IMO it needs half a day to tour it completely) which is a real pity because the views up there were simply breathtaking and I consider that to be the highlight of Salzburg.

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9. Re: One day in Salzburg

I went to Salzburg for one day.

We took the SOM tour in the morning and had the afternoon free. The tour takes you out to Lake Wolfgang-just amazing...

I would then recommend getting a bus out to Untersberg mountain where you can take a cable car up to the top. It is a bit expensive, but I believe it would be worth it-unfortunately we never got to do this.

visit-salzburg.net/surroundings/untersberg.h…

Otherwise just wander around-its a beautiful town!

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10. Re: One day in Salzburg

I just got back from a trip to Salzburg and I didn't do the SOM tour, but I did walk all around the old city and you do see all the SOM sights. The details given by Liz are perfect.

The Old town is beautiful and I am sure you would love walking around in the small lanes and seeing all the markets around. From the fortress you can see all of Salzburg and just below it is the Cathedral. We walked up, it only takes 15 mins, but if you are pressed for time, then I would suggest that you take the Feniculare up.

If you do wish to go to the Untersburg mountain you should make sure that the weather is clear as otherwise you would not see anything and it would be a shame as it is outside Salzburg and take a bit of time to get there.

Hope you enjoy it, we did.

Roula