The Sound of Music gazebo can be found on the grounds of the Hellbrunn Palace. It was originally kept on the grounds of Leopoldskron Palace, where the outside facade scenes were filmed. But, because people would trespass on the privately owned Palace grounds to see the pavilion, it was moved to the gardens at Hellbrunn Palace. There wasn’t a single tourist the afternoon we found the gazebo, only locals frequenting the park.
After finding the gazebo and getting pictures we noticed it was on the outskirts of a public park, Schloss Hellbrunn. It was a lovely park with cross country skiers dotting the snow covered fields. The children found a playground in the distance and a small zip line. We had a few minutes to spare as we waited for the next bus to come, so we all burned off a few breakfast calories at the park. It was fun! Everyone tried the zip line and Sophie loved it. She would laugh so hard and loud the whole time! If no one thought we were Americans upon arrival to the playground, they did after watching, seeing and hearing all of us! We, Americans, can be so loud! But, we had a great time and it was a fun pastime amongst all the sightseeing.
“The hills are alive, with the sound of music!” I was like a kid in a candy store the morning we woke up in Salzburg, knowing we were going to be seeing the Sound of Music film sites. As a little girl, I would anxiously await the once a year broadcast on TV of the movie, The Sound of Music. Since a little girl, Austria has been on my list of places to visit. Salzburg was lovely. Those of you who have seen the movie, as you look through these pictures see how many scenes and locations you can remember from the movie! So fun!!!
This was the “I have confidence” song location as Maria walks by the fountain and splashes water. Almost all the fountains were covered in Salzburg. This made me a little sad!:( (Residenz Square and Residenz Fountain)
“Do- Re- Mi- Fa-…” I was disappointed that the stairs from the end of this song were closed off. We could only see from a distance. When the older kids saw the stairs they said, “look Mom, it’s where they filmed the song!” (Mirabell Gardens and Palace)
This residence was the back drop for all the outside Van Trapp home scenes. For example, when Maria and the children capsize the canoes and fall into the water. If you look close, you can see the stone balusters that are filmed numerous times in the movie. (Leopoldskron Palace)
“I am sixteen, going on seventeen!” (Hellbrunn Palace Gardens)
Both from children singing, skipping along the river and hanging from the trees!
From Munich we went on to Salzburg, Austria. This was another place on my list of “places to visit” while living here in France. From the very first time I watched The Sound of Music, as a little girl, I have been smitten with Austria. I had never been except until last month! Another dream became reality! We left Munich in the afternoon and approached Salzburg just at sundown (It was only 1.5 hour drive). Some of the views from the road where incredible.
We couldn’t see Salzburg from the auto route because it is nestled in the foothills/hills of the mountains. But, I knew we had arrived when the Salzburg Fortress came into view!
We located our hotel room, ate at a little italian restaurant next to our hotel, settled in for the night and tried to sleep, despite my excitement for the next day!!!!