One of the most famous and iconic films of the 20th century, The Sound of Music is a true classic – it’s catchy tunes like ‘Do Re Mi’ and ‘The Hills are Alive’ transporting many of us straight back to our childhood living rooms. Set in the Swiss Alps, the film brought much more than just the hills to life in the charming city of Salzburg. Today, tourists in their thousands rush to the helms of this picture-perfect city to get an insight into the life of the Von Trapp’s and the actors who played them.
Sing ‘Do Re Mi’. Belt your heart out on your visit to the Mirabell Gardens. Laid out in the 18th century, the gardens were the filming location for the famous ‘Do Re Mi’ scene in the film.
Couple up. Pair your Sound of Music adventures with visits to other amazing Salzburg attractions like the Salt Mines and Halstatt tours to save significantly on your Salzburg trip.
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Best time to visit
There’s no real “best time“ to take a Sound of Music tour, with the region’s sky-high mountains, lush greenery and striking architecture promising a charming visit rain, hail or shine. To cut costs, head to Salzburg in the quieter period between October-November, just before the lead up to festive season, when the stunning Christmas markets attract travellers in their thousands.
Salzburg is connected to many central cities by most of the major airlines and by rail. Once you’ve landed, buses, bikes and on foot are the best ways to get around in this charmingly compact city.
Money saving tips
As well as the Sound of Music tour, a number of isango! package deals include bus transfers and throw in visits to a heap of other Salzburg attractions too. For those looking for cheap Sound of Music tours, be sure to book in advance.
Did you know?
Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about the Sound of Music…
Julie Andrews nearly turned down the part of leading lady Maria due to the role’s similarity to the Mary Poppins character she played the year prior.
While in the film, the von Trapp family fled Austria by hiking across the Alps to, in reality, the family boarded the next train to Italy from their local station. From there, they fled to London and ultimately the USA. Only a few miles away from the Austrian-German border, Salzburg is too far from both the Swiss or Italian borders for a family to escape by walking. Had the real Von Trapps actually hiked across the mountains, they would have ended up in Germany, right near Adolf Hitler's mountain retreat.