The Sound of Music film - Maria on the hill © 20th Century Fox

Original Sound of Music Tour® - Tour 1A

4.5 / 4,383

4 hours


daily at 9.15 am and 2.00 pm



Meeting spot

Panorama Tours Bus Terminal, Mirabellplatz / Hubert-Sattler-Gasse 1, 5020 Salzburg
Arrival information

Join us on a wonderful ride through Salzburg on the Original Sound of Music Tour®

Tour the picturesque World Heritage City of Salzburg as well as the beautiful landscapes where the opening scenes of the movie The Sound of Music were filmed with our live guide!

The Sound of Music Tour Salzburg includes original shooting locations from "The Sound of Music" movie:

  • Mirabell Garden and Pegasus Fountain, where Maria and the children danced in the movie
  • Nonnberg Convent, where Maria was a novice
  • Schloss Leopoldskronthe house, where the Trapp Family lived in the movie which is now a luxury hotel
  • Hellbrunn Palace (singing scenes in the movie)
  • Gazebo (now placed in Hellbrunn), where the Baron von Trapp kissed Maria for the first time
  • Church Mondsee, where Maria and the Baron get married

The enormous success of The Sound of Music Broadway Musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein premiering in 1959 made film director Robert Wise and 250 crew members turn Salzburg and its surroundings into the Sound of Music filming location in 1964. And it was Salzburg Panorama Tours who took the Sound of Music film crew to the various locations where the famous movie was filmed.

Shortly after its release, the film became a tremendous success, receiving five Academy Awards, becoming the highest grossing movie ever and reaching cult status over the years. Both musical and film are based on the "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" written by Maria von Trapp in 1949.

In Salzburg, visitors can follow in the authentic footsteps of the Trapp family and experience the iconic filming locations of 'The Sound of Music' at the same time. The tour begins at the former home of the Trapp family in the Aigen district, which is now used privately and can only be visited from the outside. Another historically significant place is the Nonnberg Monastery, where Maria lived as a novice before taking care of the Trapp children. Hohensalzburg Fortress and Mirabell Gardens, famous for the movie scenes in which the children sing 'Do-Re-Mi', are also part of the route. In addition, the tour leads through the palace park of Leopoldskron Palace, which served as the back of von Trapp's home in the film, and to Hellbrunn Palace, where the famous pavilion scene was filmed. Our 'Original Sound of Music Tour' allows visitors to explore both the real life locations of the Trapps and the picturesque filming locations of the movie. This carefully curated tour combines cultural heritage and cinematic history by offering insights into the lives of the Trapp family as well as the making of the world-famous film. 

Follow the traces of the Trapp family and take a tour through Salzburg and its surroundings. See the original film settings and just imagine being Julie Andrews, the main character in the film, playing Maria von Trapp. Learn about the historical and architectural landmarks of Salzburg as well as the Lake District while enjoying the highlights of the movie. Relax and listen to the Original Sound of Music soundtrack and of course feel free to sing-along Edelweiss and many more... Our live guide will tell you everything you need to know about The Sound of Music, the Trapp Familiy, the film locations and about the shooting.

Leopoldskron Palace with Fortress in the back © Panorama Tours
© Panorama Tours
Original Sound of Music Tour® - tour bus © Salzburg Panorama Tours
© Salzburg Panorama Tours
Nonnberg Abbey © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
© Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
Lake Wolfgang - panorama © WTG
Private SOM Tour - Gazebeo in Hellbrunn © Wolfgang Seifert
© Wolfgang Seifert
Basilica of Mondsee © TVB Mondsee-Irrsee_Wolfgang Weinhäupl
© TVB Mondsee-Irrsee_Wolfgang Weinhäupl
Guests on Original Sound of Music Tour Salzburg © Robert Ratzer
© Robert Ratzer
Guests on Original Sound of Music Tour Salzburg © Robert Ratzer
© Robert Ratzer
Guests on Original Sound of Music Tour Salzburg © Robert Ratzer
© Robert Ratzer
Guests on Original Sound of Music Tour Salzburg © Robert Ratzer
© Robert Ratzer
The Sound of Music filming_Maria and the kids ©petermarkl
The Sound of Music filming_Maria and the kids ©petermarkl

Please note:

  • Please make your own way to meeting point, 15 min. prior departure
  • free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to tour departure
  • We are not able to offer a pick-up service from the hotel
  • Infants up to 4 years are not entitled to their own seat
  • Pets are not allowed in the tour

FAQs Original Sound of Music Tour®

The true story, that The Sound of Music is based, on took place in the Austrian city of Salzburg. Large parts of the movie were filmed in and around Salzburg, some scenes even in the original locations. Featured in the Original Sound of Music Tour® are among many others Leopoldskron Palace and the gazebo at Hellbrunn Palace

Maria was asked to teach Georg von Trapp's children in 1926 and their wedding took place in 1927. In 1938, the Trapp family moved to the US to escape the Nazi regime in Germany and Austria. Their move was however far less dramatic than it is portrayed in the film. The 1965 film is an adaptation of the 1959 stage musical and based on Maria von Trapps 1949 memoir "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers".

There are three locations associated closely with the Trapp family in Salzburg. The original Trapp family home Villa Trapp is located in Aigen to the southeast of Salzburg and not seen in the movie. Two other estates were used to portray the Trapps' home in the movie: Leopoldskron Palace and Frohnburg Palace.

The gazebo featured in the "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" scene was located in the gardens of Leopoldskron Palace during filming. It was later moved to the gardens at Hellbrunn Palace to make it accessible to interested visitor. The Original Sound of Music Tour® stops at the gazebo to give you the opportunity for unforgettable moments and souvenir photos.

While many other scenes were filmed in the city of Salzburg, the romantic wedding scene in the movie The Sound of Music was shot at the church in Mondsee. A stop at this church is part of the Original Sound of Music Tour® by Salzburg Panorama Tours and gives you the opportunity to explore this beautiful filming location.

This tour is operated daily with two start times at 9.15 am and 2.00 pm.

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