Summer 2016: Salzburg, Day 3

Short post for today because I’m making a separate post for Maestro Muti’s concert with the Vienna Philharmonic because there was a lot that happened, so for this post, I’ll just share a bit on the sightseeing we did afterwards.

Of course, one of the reasons why Salzburg is so famous in the world is because of The Sound of Music. My original plan was to rent bikes, as Salzburg is apparently the most bike-friendly city in Austria, and tour all of the sites that were made famous in the movie, but unfortunately, all of the bike rental shops were closed or not nearby. But…while we were walking at Mirabell Palace, we came across a bike tour – “Fraulein Maria’s Bicycle Tours” – that would take about 4 hours and hit all of the main sites! So, we decided to do the tour (also to get some good exercise in), and it was a blast! Here are some of the highlights:

  • Residenzplatz – large town square in the central part of the old city with the fountain that Maria splashes in the beginning parts of the movie
  • Salzburg Festival Halls – we took a regular tour of the three halls earlier in the day before Maestro Muti’s concert and got to see the famous Felsenreitschule where the family sings at the Festival, but on the bike tour, we went around the corner to see the gate that Rolfe comes through after he has joined the Nazis
  • Nonnberg Abbey – the only abbey in Salzburg with a red top roof, we actually got to go into the Abbey and explore, but quickly after we finished, a nun of the abbey came in and locked the famous gates up (where the children stand to look for Maria after she leaves)
  • Schloss Leopoldskron – the extravagant backyard of the Von Trapp house, overlooking a small lake, we couldn’t actually go on the property because it’s privately owned by the Salzburg Global Seminar, which hopefully I’ll get to visit next time I visit Salzburg
  • Schloss Frohnburg – the front of the (yellow) Von Trapp house in the movie, we got to bike down Hellbrunner Allee to get to the house, which is where Maria skips down when she’s singing about confidence
  • and…the famous gazebo at Schloss Hellbrunn!

It was great to ride through Salzburg on bike to see all these great sights (while listening to the Sound of Music soundtrack – a staple of all Fraulein Maria bike tours!) – highly recommend this to anyone visiting Salzburg!


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