Salzburg, Austria & The Sound of Music Tour!
On the 4th day of our Danube River cruise from Budapest to Munich, we took a day trip to Salzburg, Austria! Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and where The Sound of Music was filmed! We got to see many of the film locations as well as where Mozart was born, where he grew up, and even his favorite cafe where he used to hang out every afternoon.
And guess what made it even more special?? Julie Andrews was IN Salzburg the same day we were there!!! Keep reading for more about that. :)
Our cruise company (Gate 1 Travel) set us up with a local guide to give us a tour every morning in all the cities we visited. They were all good and informative, but the tour in Salzburg was fabulous!! Our guide was fast-paced, to the point, told us all the exciting stuff, and didn’t bore us with boring stuff. :) Our first stop on the tour was Mirabell Gardens. The scene where Maria and the children sing “Do-Re-Mi” was filmed here!
In the background you can also see the sign for the Hotel Bristol, where Christopher Plummer stayed during the filming of The Sound of Music.
Next we crossed the river into “Old Town” Salzburg. This area is world renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps.
The bridge across the river is quickly becoming a “Love Lock” bridge! You can leave a lock where Maria and Captain Von Trapp fell in love… :)
We made a quick stop for lunch at the oldest restaurant in Europe. It was founded in 803!! Yes, over twelve hundred years ago!!
We had Salzburg’s most famous dessert, the Salzburger Nockerl. It tasted like cake batter! :)
St. Peter’s Cemetery
Right next door was St. Peter’s Cemetery, where the the Von Trapps hid from Nazis in The Sound of Music.
Here are the iron “cages” like the one where the family hid. The scenes were actually filmed on a sound stage in Hollywood built to replicate these gated crypts.
The cemetery and its catacombs are some of the oldest in the world.
This was one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots in Salzburg. The cemetery dates back to the 700s. The oldest tombstone is from 1288.
After we walked through the cemetery, we stopped by St. Peter’s Bakery, the oldest bakery in Salzburg. It has been operating for over 700 years. All the bread is baked in wood fired ovens.
It was a little chilly in Salzburg that day, so we split a warm brioche bun that we watched them pull fresh from the oven. It was probably the best bread I have ever had!
Next we walked through Residenz Square and Residenz Fountain. Maria rides through Residenz square in a bus on her way to the Von Trapp mansion and splashes in this fountain singing “I have confidence in me”.
We also got to see many locations significant to Mozart in Salzburg.
The Birthplace of Mozart
This is where Mozart was born, right in the heart of Old Town. The Mozart family lived on the third floor in the mid-1700s. Mozart was born here on January 27, 1756.
This famous cafe was Mozart’s favorite hangout. Our guide said he had coffee here everyday!
Right next door is the smallest house in Salzburg. It is only 4.7 feet wide!!
Just across the courtyard is Cafe Fürst, home of the world famous Salzburg Mozartkugel. The Mozartkugel is a chocolate truffle created by Paul Fürst in 1890. It was an instant hit was “copy-catted” all over Europe, but only the chocolate truffles made here in this original shop can be called the “Original Salzburg Mozartkugel”.
To this day, the cafe still creates each Mozartkugel by hand using the original recipe and are sold exclusively in their shops in Salzburg. Only the true Mozartkugels can be packaged in silver and blue foil. The knockoffs are packaged in red and gold and can be found all over Austria and Germany.
Old Town Hall
The shops in Old Town were gorgeous!
I got a hand-blown, hand-painted glass ornament for our Christmas tree here.
How fun are all the signs down this famous shopping street??
At the end of the Getreidegasse is Kirche St. Blasius, built in 1330. Salzburg was so gorgeous!
Before we headed back to the boat, we stopped in the Hotel Sacher Cafe for their famous Sacher Torte and a hot chocolate. Our guide told us that Julie Andrews was IN Salzburg that very same day we were there! She was there filming a Sound of Music special for the 50th anniversary next year. She was staying AT the Hotel Sacher, where she stayed 50 years ago when they filmed the movie.
While we were sipping our hot chocolate, Julie Andrews TOTALLY walked through the cafe on her way out of the hotel!! Just kidding. ;) We didn’t see her, but her security was EVERYWHERE! I feel like we could’ve totally seen her if we waited around a bit longer. Surprisingly there were no crowds or paparazzi anywhere.
That evening we sailed out of Austria and woke up the next morning in Germany. :) Just a few days left on the cruise!! Thank you so much for following along with us!! :)
See more posts from our cruise!
- Budapest & Bratislava
- Vienna, Austria
- Wachau Valley, Austria
- Melk Abbey
- Salzburg, Austria (The Sound of Music Tour)
- Regensburg & Nuremburg
And be sure to check out Stephanie’s posts from our trip!! :)