Our Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg, Austria - Part Two

 

In Part One of my Salzburg series, I shared our visit to this beautiful area and some of the sights we visited. We were able to check out Maribell Gardens and took some pictures of the Nonnberg Abbey.  I am still amazed at how gorgeous the area is, and hope to visit again one day. In the meantime, I am going to share our visit to a couple other Sound of Music sights we saw while in the area. They are the Schloss Frohnburg Palace and the Hellbrunn Palace.

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While in the area we definitely had to go see the Schloss Frohnburg Palace. For those that have not seen the movie, the Frohnburg Palace serves as the entrance to the Von Trapp family home. Maria arrives here at the end of  the“I Have Confidence.” song.

Frohnburg-Palace-2Today, Frohnburg is home to the Mozarteum, a music conservatory.  Since it’s renovation it now holds a meeting room for 60 people and a concert hall for 80. These rooms can be rented by outsiders, but the castle itself is not open for sightseeing. It was still pretty just walking around outside and taking some pictures.

Frohnburg-Palace-3We left there and made our way to Hellbrunn Palace. As we made our way there, the rain we were trying to beat caught up with us. We made our way there, but it made our trip twice as long and we were unable to do a tour due to the time   While we were disappointed, we walked around some and tried to make the most of it even with the rain. Everyone talks about the trick fountains and I thought it would be cool to see what they were all about. Maybe next time.

Hellbrunn-Palace-1-1Apparently Hellbrunn Palace was built in 1613–19 by Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, and named for the "clear spring" that supplied it. Hellbrunn was only meant for use as a day residence in summer, as the Archbishop usually returned to Salzburg in the evening; therefore, there is no bedroom in Hellbrunn. I thought that was interesting, a palace with no bedroom. Hmm.

Us-at-GazeboHappily I was able to see something on my list I had really wanted to see, the Gazebo from the Sound of Music.  It is located in Hellbrunn Park located on the grounds of Hellbrunn. It is the same gazebo where Liesl and Rolfe sang "16 Going on 17"  in the Sound of Music. It´s also a romantic place for getting married. We didn’t see anyone getting married that day, especially with it raining off and on, but it was really beautiful.

Hellbrunn-Palace-2-1The park is 60 hectares of green spaces, flower beds, meadows, ponds and a big playground for children. And of course you can’t miss the unique mountain panorama. Again it is just beautiful would love to see it in the spring sometime.

Hellbrunn-Palace-3-1Even though we dealt with some traffic, some rain, and didn’t get to do a tour, we enjoyed seeing the Schloss Frohnburg Palace and the Hellbrunn Palace. Both are unique and I hope to be able to see those crazy trick fountains one day. If I do I will come back and update this post. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out Part One of this series where I share our visit to Maribell Gardens and Nonnberg Abbey. Hope you enjoy.

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I took my wife on the Sound of Music tour from the old Chiemsee Armed Forces Recreation Center when the US Army occupied it.  I remember on our bus as we drove away, the guide wanted us to show hands of who saw it just once, and went through the numbers to see who saw it the most.  She never asked who never saw it which was only me.  Still haven't seen it.  Everyone ooohed and aaaahed when we arrived at the gazebo as I stood bewildered and I was the only one that didn't know the do-re-mi song they had us sing it on the steps.  As you can figure, I was practically the only male on the trip.

George G

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