The background and how the Sound of Music became so popular

Sound of Music is particularly famous in the USA and Asia - how it came about

Over 50 years ago, The Sound of Music was filmed on location in Salzburg and images of the city and Austria were seen all over the world. Since 1965, countless tourists have been visiting the numerous filming locations. The legacy of Maria von Trapp and her singing children's group continues today. But what was so appealing about the story of the Trapp family?


The popularity of The Sound of Music has not dwindled, even after all these years and the film is still broadcasted throughout the world. The story of Maria and Georg von Trapp and their family was fascinating and their story was outlined in a musical and film. Julie Andrews also played a part in the film being so popular, as she had played the role of Mary Poppins a year earlier.

An idyllic period before the war

The story began in 1938 with the political and social upheavals that would soon trigger the Second World War. The romantic encounter between Maria and Georg von Trapp, the happy family times experienced at the Villa Trapp along with the joy of making music, highlighted idyllic times during a difficult period. When the war broke out and the family had to flee Austria, people were fascinated in how the family remained so strong. They represented the fate of many who had to leave Austria due to the war.

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Franz Neumayr - Sound of Music Aufführung in der Felsenreitschule

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Franz Neumayr – Sound of Music Aufführung in der Felsenreitschule

The power of music

Music is the all-encompassing element in The Sound of Music, a powerful and almost magical combination, which not only unites the Trapp family, but also underlines how the power of strength, togetherness and love, as well as a sense of community could be maintained even during the war period. The lively and quirky Maria was even able to soften the strict baron and finally help the family escape to America.

Together against the rest of the world

The family solidarity and the refusal of Baron von Trapp to obey the Nazis and enter the Wehrmacht are probably the strongest elements in The Sound of Music. In the film, just before they escape Austria, the Trapp family appear on stage at the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg and Adolf Hitler is sitting in the audience.

Salzburg – the perfect setting

The Sound of Music would probably not have become so well-known had it not been filmed in the stunning location of Salzburg. It was not just the city that offered a wonderful backdrop for the adventures of the Trapp family, but also the surrounding areas in SalzburgerLand, such as the castle of Hohenwerfen and the famous meadows and Mondsee basilica, where the wedding scenes were filmed. The magnificent Untersberg mountain can been seen in both the opening and closing scenes of the film. A tour of the filming locations is most certainly worthwhile in order to experience the stunning scenery.

© TVB Werfen - Fortress Hohenwerfen

© TVB Werfen – Fortress Hohenwerfen

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