Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations. Photo via Stephanie

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. :)

Here is a link to the exact cruise we took.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

Mirabell Gardens

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.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

Salzburg Fortress

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.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

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… :)

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

St. Peter Stiftskeller

We made a quick stop for lunch at the oldest restaurant in Europe. It was founded in 803!! Yes, over twelve hundred years ago!!

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

We had Salzburg’s most famous dessert, the Salzburger Nockerl. It tasted like cake batter! :)

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations. Photo via Stephanie

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.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

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.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

The cemetery and its catacombs are some of the oldest in the world.  

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

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.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

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.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

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!

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

Residenz Fountain

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”.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

We also got to see many locations significant to Mozart in Salzburg.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

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.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

Cafe Tomaselli

This famous cafe was Mozart’s favorite hangout. Our guide said he had coffee here everyday!

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

Right next door is the smallest house in Salzburg. It is only 4.7 feet wide!!

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

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.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

Old Town Hall

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

The shops in Old Town were gorgeous!

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

I got a hand-blown, hand-painted glass ornament for our Christmas tree here.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations. Photo via Stephanie

Getreidegasse

How fun are all the signs down this famous shopping street??

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations. Photo via Stephanie

At the end of the Getreidegasse is Kirche St. Blasius, built in 1330. Salzburg was so gorgeous!

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

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.

Salzburg, Austria. Home of Mozart and the Sound of Music! Click here for the Sound of Music filming locations.

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!! :)

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November 10, 2014

Melk Abbey, Austria

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been!

Welcome to Melk Abbey! We arrived here after our sunny afternoon cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley. Melk Abbey is one of the world’s most famous monasteries. We spent the afternoon exploring and admiring the architecture of this gorgeous building with postcard-perfect views over the Austrian town of Melk. Scroll down to see the pink infinity staircase in the abbey!! It is one of the most beautiful staircases I have ever seen.

Here is a link to the exact cruise we took.

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been!

Prelate’s Courtyard

This was one of our first views as we entered the abbey.

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been!

The abbey had panoramic views over the Austrian town of Melk.

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been!

From the balcony, you could also turn around for a closer look at the abbey’s ornate facade.

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been!

How beautiful is this marbled spiral staircase connecting the church and the library?? This was our view at the top of the staircase.

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been!

But this is the view looking back up!!

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been! Photo via Stephanie

How amazing is this pink staircase?? Truly a work of art.

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been!

If you’re visiting the abbey, don’t miss the Baroque Garden Pavilion.

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been!

The inside is a little cafe where you can stop for a snack or a drink. It reminded me of an English tea room with it’s delicate pink and gold frescos.

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been!

After exploring the abbey, we walked down the hill through the town of Melk.

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been!

Melk Abbey, Austria. We stopped here on a 9-day Danube River Cruise. Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever been! Photo via Stephanie

This was our final view of the abbey as we headed back to the boat.

Stay tuned for more! Salzburg is next. :)

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November 3, 2014

Wachau Valley, Austria

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On the third day of our cruise with Gate 1 Travel, we woke up in the Bavarian village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest villages on the Danube. After spending an enchanting morning exploring this storybook town, we took an afternoon cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley, with incredible views of vineyards, castles, hilltop ruins and monasteries. This was one of my favorite days on the cruise!

Here is a link to the exact cruise we took.

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This is the picturesque village of Durnstein.

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This tiny Austrian village has less than 1,000 residents.

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This is the “ferry” to get to the other side of the river, lol!

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Durnstein is in the heart of Austria’s wine country. There were garden vineyards all over the village!

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Medieval cobblestone streets lead the way…

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Loved this blue church. It was built between 1721-1725.

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Such a charming village!

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At the top of hill are the ruins of the 12th century Dürnstein Castle.

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Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned here in 1193.

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There’s a well-traveled path to the top of the ruins with stunning views all across the valley.

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It’s about a 20 minute walk, and it’s pretty steep, but there are several places to stop and take a break on the way up. I totally did not wear the right kind of shoes (just ballet flats) but I was totally fine taking this walk. If it’s a nice, clear day, it’s totally worth it for the views alone!! :)

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One last look at Dürnstein Castle overlooking the village.

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After a refreshing morning hiking and exploring Dürnstein, we were treated to a sunny afternoon cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley.

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Wachau Valley is one of the most picturesque regions in all of Austria. We had incredible views of vineyards, castles, churches and hilltop ruins the entire way.

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Our cruise director was extremely knowledgeable about the region, and told us all about the castles, legends, and sites we were seeing as we sunbathed on the sun deck.

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Fairytale Bavarian villages lined the shores.

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This is St. Michael’s Church in Spitz, Austria. Inside is an altar made of human bones!

Why you should add a cruise through the Wachau Valley in Austria to your bucket list!! #travel #bucketlist #wanderlust #austria #vienna

Why you should add a cruise through the Wachau Valley in Austria to your bucket list!! #travel #bucketlist #wanderlust #austria #vienna

Why you should add a cruise through the Wachau Valley in Austria to your bucket list!! #travel #bucketlist #wanderlust #austria #vienna

Why you should add a cruise through the Wachau Valley in Austria to your bucket list!! #travel #bucketlist #wanderlust #austria #vienna

Why you should add a cruise through the Wachau Valley in Austria to your bucket list!! #travel #bucketlist #wanderlust #austria #vienna

Hinterhaus Castle, Spitz, Austria

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I could not get over how gorgeous the weather was. Just look at those clouds!!

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Our guide also told us the difference between a castle and a palace. Castles were built solely for protection of the city, and were cold, damp, and not very pleasant to live in. Palaces on the other hand were built solely for the comfort of the royal family, and were plush and extravagant.

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Why you should add a cruise through the Wachau Valley in Austria to your bucket list!! #travel #bucketlist #wanderlust #austria #vienna

This fortress high on a hill has one of the best preserved medieval kitchens in Austria.

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Schloss Schönbühel

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I probably should’ve taken notes, but I was too busy gawking!! :)

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