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 🙂
Posts in my Germany and Austria series:
- Munich – New Town Hall & St. Peters
- Munich – The Residenz & German Food
- Bavaria – Lake Starnberg & Eibsee
- Bavaria – Neuschwanstein Castle
- Bavaria – Hohenschwangau Castle & Alpsee
- Bavaria – Zugspitze & Eibsee
- Bavaria – Walchensee, Geroldsee, & Partnach Gorge
- Bavaria – Königsee
- Bavaria – Obersee & St. Bartholomew
- Bavaria – Maria Gern, Hintersee, & Ramsau
- Bavaria – Eagles Nest