“I Have Confidence in Me” that You’ll Enjoy The Sound of Music Tour

The Sound of Music Tour Locations

Today, I toured locations used during the filming of “The Sound of Music”. The story is based on real characters: the novice Maria, later to become Baroness von Trapp, and her children. It was Julie Andrew’s most successful role in the movie, “The Sound of Music”, for which she received the Golden Globe in 1966. The film won five Oscars and went around the world. Music fans fell in love with its songs and the picturesque scenery in Salzburg. The film locations at Nonnberg Convent, Leopoldskron Palace, the Mirabell gardens, and Hellbrunn Palace have not changed and still entice visitors to search for traces of the movie. Panorama Tours helped me, along with six others, relive the scenes from the movie at actual locations. Rather than telling you which locations were part of filming, I thought I’d test your knowledge. Do you recognize any of the photos as actual scenes from the film?  (Not all photos are from The Sound of Music locations.)

Even if you don’t like The Sound of Music, you’ll enjoy the tour of Salzburg.

The Sound of Music Tour Locations

The Sound of Music Tour Locations

The Sound of Music Tour Locations

The Sound of Music Tour Locations

The Sound of Music Tour Locations

The Sound of Music Tour Locations

The Sound of Music Tour Locations

The Sound of Music Tour Locations

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58 thoughts on ““I Have Confidence in Me” that You’ll Enjoy The Sound of Music Tour

  1. Beautiful- and a favorite of many. Of course it took years to fully understand the depth and sorrows of this film but it made the joys that much more special. Have also gained more perspective since marrying my husband 5 years ago who is German.
    Anyways… Incredible photos.
    Enjoy your time in Europe.

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    • When I watched the film as a child, I just loved the singing but I started to understand it more as a young adult. Still, I love it. I remember thinking as a young girl that I wanted to visit Austria and be a princess. I thought it was possible. 😉

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  2. Looks like the very same tour I did along with the very same picture I took. 🙂 Did you stop at the village with the church where the wedding scene took place? I remember being obsessed with the little gnome statues too. Glad you are enjoying your trip!

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      • It may have been them? It was “The Official Sound of Music tour” and we had a great tour guide who made super corny jokes the entire time. My favorite was the village on the lake (so that picture you have in your post but I can’t remember the name of the village) and Mondsee, which is where the church was in which wedding took place in the movie (also on a lake).

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  3. How lovely… I’m visiting Vienna and Salzburg myself in a few weeks and would love to go on a Sound of Music Tour. It was my favourite movie growing up. How long was the tour for? I only have a few hours in Salzburg so wonder if I can fit it in.

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  4. Love the pictures because I’m able to see more of Salzburg and what the homes are like. I recognized the gazebo, and perhaps the palace where they used as the VonTrapp home, and the gardens. Would love to see that part of the world.

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  5. My husband was lucky to attend a conference many years ago where the participants were lodged in the “Sound of Music” Schloss. I have not yet had the luck to even visit Saltzburgh.

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  6. The Sound of Music…there isn’t anything like it! How lovely that you went on that tour and better yet, shared photos with us all. I would love to visit and see those sites…dance and sing a little, see if I could convince my husband to dance around the gazebo with me! Love this post!

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  7. My husband and I did this tour while his family stayed behind. My father-in-law thought it was some kind of scam (he’s an interesting guy), so the family stayed back with him. When we got back and told them how much we learned & how fun it was (even had a couple of beers on the bus), they wished they would have gone. Thanks for sharing these pics. Now I want to go back!!

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    • I really should have watched the movie again before the tour but the structures were explained well enough to jog my memory anyway. It was beautiful even for people that haven’t seen the movie.

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  8. Hi Lesley, Of course, just to be a spoil sport, I must say Austrian people loathe the Sound of Music and can’t understand our obsession with it. Its only been in the past few years they’ve decided to cash in on it with performances and there is supposed to be a Sound of Music Museum opening!!!! People are more obsessed with Mozart! On a bus in Salzurg a patronizing lady asked us if we were here for Mozart and when we said no, SOM, cut us dead!!! Don’t know whether you’ve moved on yet, if you are taking in the old city, check out the Egg shop in Judengasse, you will be amazed and have some really great pressies for you daughter!!!

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    • Even for people that don’t like the movie, the sights are amazingly beautiful and worth the trip. The guide did mention the Austrian dislike for the film though, which I found interesting.

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      • The reason is they think it shows Austria as being pro Nazi, because the family had to flee. Did you find the egg shop? Next time you’re here, we must meet and I’ll show you the real Austria which is far more beautiful!!

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        • Thank you! I didn’t go to the egg shop unfortunately. I only had two short days in Salzburg, which was not even close to enough. I’d love to return soon and spend much more time in the area. maybe in the near future I will take you up on your offer. 🙂

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  9. You are getting me so excited. I bought a tour book of Salzburg that specifically features the SoM tours–giving a variety of choices on how to do it. Recently, we saw a Pink Martini concert with the great-grandchildren of the the Von Trapps traveling with them. So enjoyable!

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  10. The first time I went to Salzburg it was with a school group over 20 years ago and we did a SOM tour- don’t know the operator- but I remember the guide being patronizing, borderline scornful, of us for wanting to do the tour- yes, the guide! He took great pleasure in debunking any kind of mythology surrounding the story and film. I see that someone a few replies up had the same experience with Austrians and The Sound Of Music. Glad to hear you had a nice tour, though!

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  14. In college I spent Christmas in Salzburg and saw a couple of these sights (the house and gazebo) but didn’t go on an official tour because the locals said they were “lame.” Total fail—next time! 🙂

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  15. Leslie, I found you again. And this is one of the places I have actually been. It was in 1986, and my sis was in the Air Force, and mom and I visited her. We had a blast there. What a tour! Did you see the catacombs? They weren’t in the movie, but we got to climb up a zillion tiny dark steps to see them, almost in total blackness. Thanks for the memories.

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  16. a very nice location. i actually didn’t grow up learning or watching the movie and the songs. a different continent, a different culture. and i haven’t even SEEN the movie yet. just clips of it.

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous. I would love to add that to my tour list! That film was a favorite growing up – I have memories of being shuttled off to the den and watching it with my cousins after big family dinners while the adults sat around with their wine and caught up. Good memories!

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  18. Wow, great pictures! I am hoping to visit Salzburg this summer and am totally geeking out at the sight of this. The Sound of Music (despite my later learning that it is far from historically correct) is one of my favorite movies of all time. I remember watching it on TV when I was so young that I was not even able to stay awake for the whole thing. That, and I would sob every time Gretl started to sing the “the sun has gone to bed” part in “So Long, Farewell” because she sounded so sad. 😉 Looking forward to seeing that in person!

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