We had a great time in Munich checking out Hofbrauhaus, Dachau, and the BMW Factory. One day we took a road trip down to Salzburg, Austria.
For those you don’t know, Salzburg was the setting for most of the iconic sights from the Sound of Music. It also happens to be the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of Salzburg state. It also happens to be one of the most beautiful places we have visited. The Alps are incredible and different than the Rockies here in Colorado. Since we were so close, we just had to make the trip.
One of the first places we visited was Maribell Palace. This happens to be one of the first stops on many Sound of Music tours. As it is so popular, it was quite busy at times. However it is beautiful and I learned something I didn’t know before our trip. Apparently the palace and gardens are listed as a cultural heritage monument and part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When you first walk up toward the gardens you come up to a gate where you get a whole view from above. It is so cool. Of course you can’t miss the huge horse and fountain in the middle of the gardens. I was so excited as several scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed here. Maria and the children sing 'Do-Re-Mi' while dancing around the horse fountain and using the steps as a musical scale. It was so cool being there and sort of being a part of history.
We finally made our way down and took several pictures of the gardens and area. It was really pretty but we couldn’t spend to much time as we were trying to beat the rain that was coming that afternoon. I definitely would love to go back and spend more time exploring. Hopefully one day we will be able to visit again.
The next place on our stop was to see the Nonnberg Abbey. We knew we weren’t allowed to visit inside so we just found a good spot to stop and take a few pictures. We found this awesome place on the other side of the Salzach River and was able to see it as well as the Hohensalzburg Castle. The whole area was breathtaking.
The Nonnberg Abbey is a Benedictine monastery and was founded in 714 A.D. by Saint Rupert of Salzburg, It is the oldest continuously existing nunnery in the German-speaking world. Today the monastery complex is a protected monument and part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.It was amazing to be able to see two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Scenes shot at the Nonnberg Abbey include the opening part where nuns go to mass and Maria returns late. The performance for the song "Maria" was staged in the courtyard of the Abbey. Another scene was when the children came to the Abbey's gate to ask Maria to return to their home. The escape scene, with the cars parked outside the Abbey gate, was also shot in the original spot.
We had a wonderful time running around and seeing some of the sights from the Sound of Music. Hope you enjoyed seeing some pictures from our visit. Please come back later this month for Part Two. I share more sights from the movie we saw while running around Salzburg. See you then