Austrian Lakes – Sound of Music – 50th Anniversary

This is on the list of many Crusader Holidays’ customer’s favourite things!

Pretty as a picture, the Austrian Lakes District is a glorious region of beautiful lakes, soaring mountains, hills and charming villages.

You will see it at its best when we visiting Mondsee, picturesque St Wolfgang and photogenic Hallstatt.

This tour is set to be even more spectacular in 2015.

As its the year of the 50th anniversary of the renowned ‘Sound of Music’ film.

We visit the colloquially named ‘Sound of Music’ city of Salzburg, and many of the other sights and scenes within our Austrian Lakes – ‘Sound of Music’ tour.

Marvel at the sensational views, still as mesmerising 50 years on from the film release.

We journey to the Lake District, known locally as the Salzkammergut.

Our first stop, when exploring the glorious sites of the ‘Sound of Music’ musical is the beautiful lake-side town of Mondsee.

In the middle of the town centre of Mondsee, you’ll find St. Michael’s church used for the iconic wedding scene in the film.

Then we venture to the scenic St Gilgen & St Wolfgang both featured in the opening scenes of the musical.

St Gilgen is also famously known as the village that was the source of inspiration for Mozart!

Don’t forget whilst visiting the Salzkammergut region, to look out for the memorable castles, you can see the Kloster Höglwörth, an old monastery on a peninsula in Höglwörther See and Schloss Anif, all treasured sites of the film and the country of Austria.

We continue our journey through to Salzburg, the main setting for the ‘Sound of Music’.

Salzburg is renowned for its churches, palaces and gardens.

It is a charming Baroque city in its own right, dominated by the magnificent Hohensalzburg Fortress, church steeples, quaint courtyards and magnificent buildings.

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is a must visit whilst in Salzburg.

Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg. Austria
As you walk back down, remember to head round to the back of the castle, as it will take you past the Nonnberg Abbey, where the ever iconic opening scenes of the movie were filmed.

Monastery Nonnberg
Also whilst in Salzburg, you may spot the rear, lakeside terrace, of the ‘Von Trapp’ mansion: Schloss Leopoldskron. The ‘Von Trapp’ family are the inspiration behind the film.

Famous Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria
Don’t forget you could stop by Mirabell Palace & Gardens, featured as the backdrop to the staging of the song ‘Do Re Mi’ in the film.

Salzburg Mirabellgarten
Furthermore as you wander through the old town of Salzburg, you’re sure to spot so many sights and scenes you recognise.

‘I Have Confidence in Me’ was also filmed in Salzburg’s Old Town, in the Residenzplatz; here you’ll also spot the Residenz Fountain, in which she splashes in the staging for this number.

Residenzplatz with famous Residenzbrunnen in Salzburg, Austria
Finally as our journey of sights from the ‘Sound of Music’ nears a close, our final point of interest is the Lake Attersee, to the south-west of the lake you can see the Schafberg, known for its train that features in the film.

This tour allows you to emmerse yourself, in the full spirit of the ‘Sound of Music’ taking you on a whirlwind tour of the sights, sounds and scenes of the legendary film and is sure to be the holiday of a lifetime.

Also on this tour, we visit picture-postcard Halstatt, a photographer’s absolute dream! Plus, the fantastic Bechtesgaden, arguably, one of the most scenic places in the Bavarian Alps and the ‘Eagles Nest’ with so many photographic opportunities, jaw dropping views, it’s an absolute must to add another dimension to your tour with us and the ‘Sound of Music’ region.

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