Are you a Sound of Music fan? With or without kids this is certainly a tour that you should definitely look into doing! It was certainly fun to see all of the movie locations! And the location to this tour is in beautiful Salzburg, Austria! I remember watching the Sound of Music as a child and singing all the catchy songs. Now I really wish I would have shown my kids the movie before we did the tour. Note to self: Show the kids the movie. There are many companies that cater to Sound of Music tours and we decided to do our tour with Panorama, which is the original tour operator!
Did you know that the story of the Von Trapp family is real? Well most of it!
“The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Music…” it was certainly just that (alive) on our amazing private tour with Panorama’s Sound of Music tour is Salzburg. Now… we were not supposed to have a private tour. We were actually running late due to traffic and we missed our tour bus (oops!). The tour was amazing! Huge thanks to Anna! Her voice! Oh my! It is still echoing in my brain! If you have Anna on your tour you will certainly receive a treat!
Our first stop was the beautiful lake; in which Maria and the children were rowing up to the house. The small artificial lake is called Leopaldskroner Teich. My kids loved all the ducks in the lake (bring some bread to feed?). We stopped for maybe about 20 minutes. Since we were on a private tour, I am sure the stop was longer to really bask in the ambiance from the movie. Pulling up to the lake I think I dropped a few tears as well. I know… I am such a sucker. Ha!
Did you know that the house that is near the lake is NOT the house used in the movie? Now you know!
Our second stop was at Schloss Hellbrunn. Here is the gazebo that is used for the song I am Sixteen Going on Seventeen. Unfortunately you can not go inside of the gazebo, because apparently a woman wanted to recreate the song, fell and broke her ankle! Someone has to ruin it right? Oh well.. that could have been me! Also right next to the castle you can see the beautiful tree-lined road to Villa Trapp. Unfortunately the tour does not take you any closer to their Villa, but atleast you can see the house from the main road!
Did you know that the gazebo used in the movie is no longer at the original location? It was moved to Schloss Hellbrunn due to people trespassing to get a glimpse.
Our next part of the tour was driving through the Unterberg (Under Mountains). It was a beautiful long drive to get to the beautiful village of Mondsee. On the way there we saw Red Bull headquarters and I think I may work there in the future. The Mondsee Cathedral is the location where Maria and Captain Von Trapp were married (in the movie)! In the village of Mondsee, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, a gelato cafe, a grocery store and plenty of shopping! We were given an hour to roam around and enjoy the sites! Tip: The walk from the bus area to the main area took about 10-15 minutes.
Stroller Rating: Yes
Disability Rating: Yes
Kid Friendliness: I would say that this tour is perfect for kids that are older (8+?). Though if you do this tour be sure to bring your children activities to do i.e. coloring books, movies (bring headsets), etc.
Tour Duration: 4 hours with about 4 stops.
Tour Operator Information: Panorama Tours
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