Salzburg, Austria – DIY Sound of Music Tour

Hi friends, welcome back to my Germany and Austria series 🙂 While planning our trip, I saw we’d be close to Salzburg so I immediately added it to my itinerary to live out my Sound of Music dreams! I didn’t gracefully spin on top of an idyllic mountaintop, but we did have fun recreating the “De-Re-Mi” scene. There are SoM tours you can join, but with our time constraints, I found this awesome guide of the top spots online and we did our best to see as many spots as we could. I’d recommend doing it this way to avoid crowds and for the flexibility, unless your heart’s desire is on a place not walkable like the church they got married in. Most of the sites are right within the Salzburg city center, so these pictures were taken over two days.

On our final full day of vacation (insert sad face), we got up earlyish, got ready, and made it to the Mirabell Gardens by 8 am. We were delighted to have it almost all to ourselves! I could reenact the “Do-Re-Mi” scene from the Sound of Music without feeling silly, even though everyone else does it. We had a blast skipping through the garden pretending to be the Von Trapps.

Jon and I then walked to get some coffee and continued on our tour. We enjoyed our authentic Starbucks sitting in the Residence Square overlooking the Residence Fountain. This setting is the backdrop when Maria sings “I Have Confidence” and splashes some water in the fountain.

St. Peters Cemetery was the next stop and it was beautiful! This is my least favorite scene in the movie, but it was filmed on a Hollywood set and this spot was the inspiration.

The Festival House where the family performed and made their daring escape.

The Horse Pond is another backdrop to Maria singing “I Have Confidence”.

We then walked about half an hour to Leopoldskron Palace, the Von Trapps’ beautiful home in the movie. This is technically private property and only for hotel guests, but there was a wedding being set up and the gate was opened so we innocently walked through. What a beautiful spot to get married! We got a few pictures and then were on our way back to our hotel to check out. I wanted to see the famous Gazebo, but it was two miles away and we were under a time crunch to make our train. Always good to have a reason to come back 🙂

Jon and I stopped by a bustling market on our way back and grabbed two pretzels and a delicious pastry. The pastry was flaky but crunchy on the outside, and the cream inside was so light and airy but not too sugary. It’s not very filling, but it was incredible.

Some final pictures of Salzburg.


We had a very short time in Salzburg, but we definitely made the most of it! Salzburg is a relatively small city so I think two-three days would be the perfect amount of time to see it all. From Salzburg we took the train to Vienna where we would be flying out the following morning. I hope you enjoyed our twenty-four hours in Salzburg! The conclusion of this Germany and Austria series is coming up next 🙂

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37 thoughts on “Salzburg, Austria – DIY Sound of Music Tour

    1. Thank you! It’s so great to be able to see most the sites from the movie, it’s such a beautiful city! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  1. You really captured the essence of SoM and Salzburg Lyssy. Glad it all worked out for you, but I am disappointed not to see a spinning on the mountain top view. Loved the heel click. Did you try Kaffeee mit Schlag when you were in Austria? It was decadent. Thanks for sharing. Allan

    1. Thank you! Next time I go I’ll have to get that video. We didn’t try that coffee but we would’ve loved it! We only had the ice cream coffee in Germany and that was decadent too.

  2. Amazing photographs, Lyssy. Leopoldskron Palace is a beautiful place for a wedding. I think pastries are a good way to say goodbye to Austria. What a wonderful holiday you had, and all in all 2022 has been a great travel year for you.

    1. Thank you! Pastries are always a good idea 🙂 We really made up for the last two years and are so lucky to have been able to take these two amazing trips.

  3. That sounds like a wonderful last day! I can not imagine getting married with a backdrop view like that; it looks like they had perfect weather for it too.

    1. It would have been a stunning day and place to get married! Would be a destination wedding I wouldn’t mind going to 🙂

    1. It is such a beautiful city! I need to watch the movie again now that I’ve seen it for myself. So glad you enjoyed this!

    1. It was so cool being able to see where the movie was filmed, it’s one of my families favorites! The pasty was amazing for sure!!

  4. Among your many talents, I did not realize you were a dancer too. Loved these pictures. This was my mom and dad’s favorite movie and stage play. Your post made my heart warm today.

    1. Haha definitely not a dancer! So glad you enjoyed this post! We had the best time seeing all the sights, it was a dream!

  5. What an amazing day! And the Leopoldskron Palace looks incredible!! I remember seeing some of these Sound of Music spots when I was there, but the weather was so cold we sort of rushed through them, which is a pity! When I was living in Austria I was also surprised to hear that many of the Austrians I met had never heard of or seen the Sound of Music! I couldn’t believe as it is really an iconic movie to me ahah! Thanks for sharing!

    1. We got lucky with a beautiful day, I imagine it’s not as fun when it’s cold! It seems like everyone should see The Sound of Music! I still get excited seeing nYC spots in movies haha.

  6. Such a great blog! Lyssy I don’t think I’ve ever made it to the end, or even the middle, for that matter, of the Sound of Music film, and I can’t say I know what it’s about. I just remember all the singing on the mountains, but your pictures and blogs inspire me to watch it again as an adult.

  7. Your photos are a testament to the beauty of Salzburg. I like the one that caught you in mid air. Pretty good hang time, I must say. How do you visit these awesome places in great weather and manage to avoid having throngs of tourists in your photos? The Von Trapp house is stunning. Many years ago I saw the Trapp lodge in Stowe, VT. I hope you and Jon have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

  8. I’ve never seen the film of The Sound of Music, but I once saw it on stage (in German) at the Salzburg State Theater. The audience loved it, which was surprising to me since I knew the people of Salzburg used to have a totally negative attitude about it, for the first half-century after its Broadway opening.

  9. This post brought me so much joy. I love the Sound Of Music film and would have so much fun visiting some of these spots! Your photos are truly beautiful and have my wanderlust sparked 💗

  10. Oh my gosh, I love it! The picture of you jumping is so great. I’m realizing now that I don’t recognize most of these scenes, which clearly means it’s been way too long since I’ve seen Sound of Music.

  11. The “Do-Re-Mi” moments are unforgettable, especially at the round fountain and in the park among the stand of formal trees. Pretty cool you can get married lakeside at the “Von Trapp” residence. SoM always seems to be on TV during the Christmas holidays and I may have to watch it again this year. I can’t remember those “I Have Confidence” scenes!

    1. It was special to run around those gardens! I always see the SoM on around the holidays and Easter too. It’s a crowd fav in my family. Although my family doesn’t have the same voice as the Von Trapps. I watched a lot of YouTube videos about the movie and filming locations before we went to refresh my memory 😊

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