Woke at 7am. Cloudy but not raining yet.
My DH and I needed to get some money. Also, DH wanted some fresh fruit for breakfast and I wanted coffee. The hotel clerk told us we can get both at the shopping mall across the street. What a nice place it was! As my DH went to the grocery store, I got us a table at the coffee shop next door, behind the escalators and under the big clock. He got three nectarines. I got a coffee and a nut roll with both ends dipped in chocolate – it looked too good to resist and I am so weak when it comes to sugary, fattening things. My DH tells me his fruit was good, my coffee and nut roll were very good too!
Today will be exciting! We have purchased two bus seats on the “The Sound of Music Tour” – yeah! Here is what we are going to see…
- A wonderful ride with breathtaking views of the landscape where the opening scenes were filmed. Relax and listen to the original Sound of Music soundtrack. Our English-speaking guide not only shows you the highlights of the film ‘Sound of Music’ but also the historical and architectural landmarks in the city, as well as a part of the picturesque lake district.
- The Mirabell Gardens were laid out in the 18th century. Maria and the children were seen dancing around the statue of Pegasus, the winged horse, and throughout the gardens singing ‘Do-Re-Mi’.
- Leopoldskron Palace – the front side of the castle was used as the Trapp family home, the children were boating on the Leopoldskron Lake and fell into the water. The Venetian room was copied from the castle and used as the ballroom. FYI, we did not go into this house, it is a private residence. We only looked at it from a far…
- Hellbrunn Palace – this hunting castle was built in the early 17th century by Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus. In the gardens the glass pavilion was reconstructed for the pleasure of those fans still returning after 30 years. FYI — We did not go into this house either, it was not part of the tour.
- Scenery shown at the beginning of the movie was filmed at Lake Fuschl on the way to St. Gilgen. Like the Mozart family, visitors from all over the world appreciate the beautiful village in the Salzkammergut. FYI –– We only drove through these towns, we did not stop in any of them. That’s the problem with tours sometimes, you’re on a schedule and you can’t really enjoy some of the sites. Click on the links to see some pictures. BTW — the town of Fuschl is the headquarters of Red Bull, in case you like that stuff.
- In Mondsee Cathedral the film wedding between Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as the Baron took place.
The tour was great! We learned a lot of fluffy stuff about the movie! Yeah, it was corny but then when would one ever get the chance to walk where Julie walked, uh? When? Here was some pictures from our tour:
The tour was only four hours out of our day. By the time it ended, we still had time to see the Hohensalzburg Castle. Here are some pictures:
We stayed for about 3 hours in the Hohensalzburg Castle. There was a lot to see there!
The tour was my idea, but the puppet show was my DH’s — and it was a good one at that! We had a late lunch so we skipped dinner and when straight to the Salzburg Marionette Theater. Tonight’s 7:30pm show is “The Sound of Music”! What a surprise! We splurged on the good seats in the second row. To see a bit of the performance click here to see a Youtube video. Marionettes were also featured in the movie — thought you should know because I love this stuff!!!
By 10pm it had been a long day! We walked back to our hotel but stopped at StieglBrun’s Weinemptehling (I can’t say it either) just down the street from our hotel. TripAdvisor said that the Weiner Schnizal with boiled and buttered potatoes was good so we shared an order of that. It was good!
Quote of the day: “It looked bigger in the movie.” — Anna about just about everything during the Sound of Music tour.