AUSTRIA: Salzburg – The Sound of Music

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Needless to say after my time in Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich I was kind of Hitlered out. What better way to flush the Third Reich out of your system than a visit to the city that was the inspiration for the movie “The Sound of Music”. I was a child of eight when the film came out, and I saw it in the world renowned Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It was truly a phenomenon and is the highest grossing musical of all time, as well as being one of the highest grossing films of all time. It ran in some theaters for over a year from its release. So needless to say I had to go on the “Sound of Music Tour”. After taking the tour, it was a thrill to watch the movie on my laptop and see all of the locations that I visited. Oh yeah, and Mozart was born there too.

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Old Town Shopping Street

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Mozart’s Birthplace

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Restaurant Zum Eulenspeigel – Fantastic Place To Eat Opposite Mozart’s Birthplace

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The Sound Of Music Tour

Okay maybe it was a little cheesy, but the tour guide had been doing it forever and delivered acerbic jokes with verve and panache. He wore lederhosen and made a particularly funny joke about it. They are leather so you can’t was them so a lot of stains tend to accumulate. So the joke goes something like this. A guy walks into his doctor’s office, and the doctor tells him that he needs to get a blood, stool, urine, and semen sample from him. The man promptly removes his lederhosen and places them on the doctor’s desk. Rim shot…….. I’m here all week…..try the fish.

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Von Trapp Mansion and Lake

The lake shots were done here, but the facade of the house was done with a different building. The famous atrium was on the property, but it became a nuisance from rabid fans trespassing to visit it.

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Here is where it now resides.

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Location of the famous “I am sixteen going on seventeen” number.

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Another good reason for going to Austria

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A sign warning against the likes of Michael Jackson.

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The Church where Captain Von Trapp & Fraulein Maria were married in the movie.

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Mirabell Palace and Gardens

This is the location where a lot of the Do-Re-Mi song was filmed.

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Fräulein Maria and the children walked around the edge of this fountain.

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They also danced past this odd looking gnome statue.

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They frolicked through the length of this archway.

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Maria reaches triumphantly outward to both statues hands in this spot.

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She hangs out with the kids in their drapery play clothes in this area with the beauty of Salzburg in the background.

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Hohensalzburg Castle in the distance.

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Hohensalzburg Castle

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CHEST MADE OF GUNS AND GUN PARTS

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Back To Town

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Very Cool Instrument

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Very Hot Day

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Very Cool Night – The club was just a hundred meters from my hotel.

An amazing funk band comprised of kids from 12-20 years old. James Brown would have been proud to have these kids backing him. The 12-year-old with the trombone was sensational, but the instrument was bigger than him. This bunch is all in music school in the same class. They were eight pieces in all with an additional two singers. What a night. I met the proud parents of a couple of band members. That’s how I got the lowdown on the group.

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The Lake

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The Boat

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The Skipper

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The Castle Across The Lake

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Hallstatt From The Lake

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Gasthof Simony From The Water

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Gasthof Simony From My Table

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Fresh trout from the lake with dill sauce.

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Town Square

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Just enough time to feed the Swans before heading back to the bus.

6 Comments

  1. Jason B.
    July 11, 2015

    Wow what a amazing place. Beautiful photos! Did you rent and captain the boat by yourself? Love that trout lunch. yum!

  2. The Travel Zealot
    July 11, 2015

    Yeah Jason, it is amazingly beautiful in Austria. I was on a tour, rented the boat, and went out on my own. I wished I had time for fishing, but that trout was mighty tasty. Right out of that lake. I managed to cram a lot into the two hours I had in Hallstatt.

  3. Z
    July 12, 2015

    Ahhh, this is a dream place! I’m sure you fully enjoyed it after visiting big German cities.

  4. The Travel Zealot
    July 12, 2015

    Z,
    You are absolutely correct. Just a joy. That beautiful castle outside of Munich on my last day in Germany wasn’t so bad either. I just got those pictures up as well. Castle Neushwanstein was total magic. They didn’t allow pictures inside. Unbelievable.

  5. Danika
    July 19, 2015

    Loved Salzburg 🙂 We drank so much beer here!

  6. The Travel Zealot
    July 19, 2015

    It was delightful wasn’t it?! Make sure to make a stop in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It’s the Slovak version of Salzburg. I’m here now and it is super. I like it better than Budapest. I like the smaller cities as a rule. A lot of charm. Cinema under the stars at the local castle, pretty architecture, food festivals, restaurants by the canals, all in a concentrated area.

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