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Sound of Music & Salt Mine Tours

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Sound of Music & Salt Mine Tours

Would anyone be able to suggest the best Sound of Music tour and Salt mine tour? I am very interested in attending both, especially Sound of Music.

Is panoramatours the best company to use?

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You will get many different opinions on the SOM tours. Panorama is a large bus filled with a lot of people. They laugh and sing the songs to the movie en- route. I have not taken Panorama because my husband prefers smaller groups. We went with Bob's Tours which is a large van that held about 8 or 9 people. Our guide Bruno was excellent. He also had the music playing and told us many tidbits about the movie. We enjoyed it because you could ask your own questions, etc.

The trip includes sights right in Salzburg that were in the movie, then it stopped along the Wolfgangsee and drove through St. Gilgan before heading to the Wedding church in Mondsee. We thoroughly enjoyed it and I don't think you will go wrong with either tour company.

I have not been to the Salt Mines in Werfen, but we did go to the ones In Betchtesgaden. I think they are both similar and if you have not done one, I would suggest it. Very interesting and fun.

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Would you happen to have the url to Bob's tour? I would ideally like a smaller group tour. Did you have time to take pictures and etc? It's the one thing I am most looking forward on my trip as I love the movie.

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http://www.bobstours.com/som.php

I think this is the one.

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We were up early one morning taking photos at Leopoldskron. Two tours came and went while we were there. I timed one of them and the people had just enough time to take a photo across the lake and get back on the coach. Less than five minutes. I don't know which tours they were, though.

Some of the sights you can enjoy in the city at your own pace. Here is some information I gave to a tourist who was arriving by train for one day in Salzburg. Some of the information might be useful to you:

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.

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5. Re: Sound of Music & Salt Mine Tours

We had ample time to take pictures on Bob's Tours. Our guide even took pictures with both of us in them for us.

But Liz is correct. You can do a lot of the sights yourself if you so choose.

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Hello! I have used Panorama Tours twice for the SOM tours. On my first tour in 2003, we were on a large bus and the bus was almost full. Our guide, Peter, was awesome. We really enjoyed the tour and I never felt rushed during any of our stops.

Last year, in November, we went again. On that trip, there were only 6 people on the tour and we were in a van. We took a different route this time but the tour was almost the same. The feel was much more intimate and we kept up a lively conversation with our tour guide the whole time.

Good Luck on whatever you decide. Salzburg is my new fav city and I hope you have a great time!

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I really liked Bob's Tours. Very personalized contact with the guide. The Salt Mines are a must. We visited the ones near Berchtesgaden. Loved it.

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When I was in Salzburg for 4 days last month, I saw most of the SOM sights that Liz has listed while visiting the Old City. I went to Schloss Hellbrunn to see the beautiful gardens with the sculptures, grottos, and trick fountains so got to see the gazebo in the SOM film.

There were so many interesting places to visit and sights to see, that I did not do the SOM tour. Instead I bought a 2-day Salzburg Card and used it visit Hellbrun Palace and Gardens, Hohensalzburg Fortress, up to Untersberg in a cable-car to see the beautiful panoramic view from up in the Alps, a scenic 45 minute cruise on the Salzach river, Alte Residenz which is an opulent palace that I enjoyed visiting, Salzburg Panorama Museum and Salzburg Museum, the Cathedral Museum that contains some treasures and rarities that I found really worth viewing, and the two Mozart residences.

I spent one day (arrival day) walking through the Old City, visiting sights listed in my guidebook that I wanted to see, like the baroque Salzburg Cathedral with is over the top with regard to decoration and lovely to behold and has a beautiful large statue of Mary in front of it, St .Peter's Church and Cemetery, Mozartplatz with its huge statue of Mozart, Kapitelplatz with its giant chess board, Residenzplatz with its lovely triton fountain with very detailed sculpture, Universitatsplatz with its fountain with a sundial over a water hole and outdoor market. Toscani Hof, and the lovely ancient well-known Getreidegasse street which, with its ancient wrought-iron carved signs hung up outside each store, transported me to a different time, and Alter Markt.

On my last day in Salzburg, I visited Mirabell Gardens and spent quite a bit of time there enjoying the Dwarf area and, Pegasus fountain, both of which figure in SOM, the well-laid out beautiful gardens, sculptures, and hedge tunnel, and the Orangerie. Then I went to Berchtesgaden where I visited the small town and then went up to Hitler’s Eagle Nest for a historical tour that included a visit to the old bunker and document center, a ride up the mountain on a narrow winding road in a specially equipped bus with jaw-dropping views of ravines and mountains, and a ride to the Hilltop Perch in Hitler’s brass elevator. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Eagle’s Nest.

Just thought I would share with you what I saw and did in case you decided to spend your one-day in Salzburg seeing some of the SOM sights on your own as suggested by Liz, and enjoying the beautiful medieval city of Salzburg with its wonderfully detailed architecture. As some say, in Salzburg, the city itself is the museum.

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Sorry, I re-read your post and see that you did not mention the duration of your stay in Salzburg - I don't know why I thought it was just for a day. Maybe you have time for the SOM tour, Salt Mines, and to visit the other attractions as well.

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