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A Tour of Austria's Iconic Filming Locations for 'The Sound of Music'

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Updated: 25 August 2017
When The Sound of Music premiered in 1965, it wasn’t an instant success, described by one critic as ‘icky sticky.’ It was particularly unpopular in the country it is based, Austria, where the German-language film ‘Die Trapp Familie’ was considered far more superior. However, today is a universally loved classic and every year thousands flock to the city of Salzburg to walk in the footsteps of the Von Trapps. Here are a few of our favourite sites featured in the film.
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Mirabell Palace Gardens

You’ll recognise this majestic palace from the scene in which Maria and her musical troupe frolic through the gardens and around the Pegasus fountain, jovially singing ‘Do-Re-Mi.’ The scene closes with the famous family standing before the picturesque rose gardens as the song reaches its climax. The Mirabell Palace was erected in the 1600s by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich and today serves primarily as a venue for weddings.

Mirabellplatz, 5020 Salzburg

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Summer Riding School

The Felsenreitschule, or Summer Riding School, dates back to the 17th century, designed by Baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. Today it is one of Salzburg’s most popular concert venues, able to accommodate around 1,500 people. The Riding School features in The Sound of Music scene where Maria, the captain and the children participate in a competition, performing their songs on the stage shortly before fleeing to Switzerland to escape the Nazis.

Hofstallgasse 1, 5020 Salzburg

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Karajan Square and ‘The Horse Pond’

Appearing in the film when the family drives past through the square in a horse-drawn carriage, this historic location is a must-see. Originally built in the 17th century, the pond was originally intended to be used to wash the archbishop’s horse’s feet and has remained meticulously maintained since.

Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz, 5020 Salzburg

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