Origin of our Tour
Our bus company (Albus) was involved in the making of the movie back in 1964. Our buses were used by the film crew and our limousines carried the stars. As you will see in the movie Julie Andrews, who played Maria von Trapp, took our bus to drive to the von Trapp mansion!
After the release of the film, more and more fans came to Salzburg asking about the original sites and of course our drivers could guide them. So we developed a special tour to show guests from around the world where this famous movie was filmed. After a prosperous launch in 1966 we started – as the FIRST TOUR COMPANY – regular Sound of Music Tours in June 1967. Thanks to the exceptional demand and our existing background knowledge we have been able to offer, with outstanding success, Salzburg’s most requested tour for nearly 50 years!
The Original Sound of Music Tour since 1967!
This tour is an ideal opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Maria von Trapp whilst taking in local historical sights both from the city of Salzburg and also the picturesque Lakes and Mountains region along the way. Our experienced guides will accompany you throughout the tour giving you all the information you need to really appreciate this magical movie. Find out with us whether the hills of Salzburg truly are alive with the Sound of Music as you listen to the original movie Soundtrack along the way.
1. Mirabell Gardens: Shown in many scenes including where Maria and the children were seen dancing around the statue of Pegasus, the winged horse and throughout the gardens singing ‘Do-Re-Mi’.
2. The Gazebo (Hellbrunn Palace): Where Rolf and Liesl sang ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ and Maria and the Baron sang ‘Something Good’. The Gazebo gives you a chance to recreate one of the movies famous scenes!
3. Palace of Leopoldskron: This historical 18th Century palace and its grounds provided many locations for the movie including the lake where the boating scene took place. The terrace was also where Uncle Max drank ‘Pink Lemonade’ with the Baroness Schröder plus many other scenes.
4. Nonnberg Abbey: This historical abbey founded in the year 714 was used both in the movie and the true story. In the
movie the Abbey was seen many times including when the children came to the gate to ask Maria to return to their home and from where the family tried to escape at the end of the movie. In real life Maria and the Baron were married here in 1927.
5. Lakes Fuschl and Wolfgang: This picturesque area was featured in the opening sequence of the movie. The village of St Gilgen (Mozart’s mother was born here) on the northwest side of the Lake Wolfgang is situated directly across from the famous Schafberg mountain – also seen in the movie!
6. Church of Mondsee: The Sound of Music Wedding Church. This historical church of Mondsee was the location of the movie wedding between Maria and the Baron. Inside this wonderful church Maria walked down the aisle to meet the Baron at the altar.