Sound of Music – The film locations

Discover the Sound of Music locations in SalzburgerLand

Based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, The Sound of Music was a world-wide success with the film adaptation by Robert Wise. Already in 1963, it was decided that the idyllic city of Salzburg would be the location for the film which began in the spring of 1964. The shooting of the film was originally planned for a duration of 6 weeks, but due to heavy rain filming ran into 11 weeks. Salzburg attracts guests from all over the world who come to visit the original film locations.

Leopoldskron and Hellbrunn

Villa Leopoldskron was the location for the family home. It was here that the interior villa scenes were shot along with the scene in which the children fall into the lake. During this scene, Kym Karath who played “Gretl”, had not yet learned how to swim and jumped into the water from the wrong side of the boat and was rescued by the son of the assistant director. The exterior filming of the villa was made at the Hellbrunner Allee.

The romantic love scene of Maria and Georg, as well as the song “I am 16 going on 17”, were filmed on the famous Gazebo which can today be found in gardens of Hellbrunn castle.

© Tourismus Salzburg GmbH - Sound of Music Gazebo in Hellbrunn

© Tourismus Salzburg GmbH – Sound of Music Gazebo in Hellbrunn

Locations in the Altstadt Salzburg

The Benedictine monastery, where Maria started out as a novice, is where the nuns sang “Maria”. The song “I have confidence in me” was filmed in the Residenzplatz and the Felsenreitschule is the location for where the family participate as a choir in a singing competition and where the escape plans were made. It is at this location that Christopher Plummer alias Baron von Trapp sang “Edelweiß”.

Sound of Music Locations in Salzburger Land

The wedding scene was filmed in the parish church of Mondsee, which incidentally was one of the first scenes to be shot for the film.

The town of Werfen provided the background scenery for the recording of the song “Do-Re-Mi” where the fortress of Hohenwerfen can be seen in the background. The Untersberg mountain can be seen twice throughout the film: Here the opening scenes as well as the closing scene, in which the Trapp family escape Nazi occupied Austria were filmed. The Wasserschloss Anif can also been seen in the opening scenes.

Maria from Sound of Music

©TVB Werfen – Sound of Music Trail

The City of Music

The world premiere of The Sound of Music was shown 2nd March 1965 at the Rivoli Theater in New York. The film was sold out for weeks, in which time the city of Salzburg became famous all over the world.

Further locations

  • Friedhof St. Peter (cemetery)
  • Studios in Salzburg Parsch.
  • Café Winkler, today known as the M32 restaurant on the Mönchsberg
  • St. Margarethen chapel
  • Fuschl, St. Gilgen and St. Wolfgang

Fun Facts

  • Hotel Bristol on the Makartplatz was the hotel where Christopher Plummer stayed and spent many a night playing the piano at the hotel bar.
  • Salzburg was a dream come true for the children: The governess showed them the sights of the city and they had great fun at the Wasserspiele in Hellbrunn (water gardens).
  • The song “Do-Re-Mi” was filmed in the Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg. Julie Andrews was not able to play the guitar and sing at the same time. After a vehement dispute with the director, Julie Andrews found a proven home remedy: a glass of brandy after which the scene was no problem.
  • Whilst filming, the children grew – some faster than the others. Towards the end of filming, Charmian Carr who played “Liesl” had to stand on an apple crate.
  • Debbie Turner alias “Marta” lost her milk teeth during filming and dentists had to design temporary teeth to fill the gaps.
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