Altstadt (Old Town) Area:
Fountain (largest baroque fountain outside Italy)
“I Have Confidence”
Nazi soldiers marching through after Anschluss
In “I Have Confidence”
|Rock Riding School
(The real von Trapp family sang in a festival here)
Herr Zeller looks for the Captain while he’s on his honeymoon.
Rolf delivers a telegram.
The Salzburg song festival.
|Nonnberg Abbey (At
east end of Hohensalzburg; oldest abbey north of the Alps):
Maria leaving the abbey for the von Trapp house.
Children come to the gate to visit Maria.
Escape scene with cars zooming past the abbey.
|St. Peter’s Church
Outside shot after the wedding
In “Do Re Mi”
Other Parts of Salzburg:
Palace (On Hellbrunner Allee, 2 km SE of Hohensalzburg)
(crosses the Salzach River)
In “Do Re Mi” song
in back yard at Leopoldskron; Now at Hellbrunn Palace, behind the wall to
the left before you enter the palace grounds):
“16 going on 17” with Liesl & Rolf
“Something Good” with Maria & Georg
Toscaninihof, toward Winkler Restaurant
In “I Have Confidence” & “Do Re Mi”
(On Leopoldskroner Allee, 1 km SW of Hohensalzburg):
All back of house shots with the lake and the gazebo (which has been moved to Hellbrunn Palace)
Home: (Traunstr. 34 in Aigen, just north of the Aigen train station)
The house where the real von Trapp’s lived is a villa in the Salzburg suburb of Aigen (southeast of the old town). After the von Trapp’s left, Himmler annexed it and it became the telephone headquarters for the Third Reich. After the war, the von Trapp’s sold it to buy land in Vermont. They sold it to a seminary for the order “Brothers of the Holy Blood.” Tourists may visit the gardens on the property, but must be quiet and not enter the house. Part of the property is now rented by the International Center for Culture and Management. The villa was deemed unsatisfactory for filming, and is not seen in the movie.
(Pegasus fountain, ivy-covered walkway, classic statues at entrance,
fountain, Dwarf garden, hopping up stairs to rose garden)
In “Do Re Mi”
Outside of Salzburg:
Mountain by Schellenberg, Germany:
Hohenwerfen Fortress (25 km south of Salzburg):
Picnic in “Do Re Mi”
Interior scenes of the wedding
All are seen during opening aerial scenes.
(Mountain 10 km SW of Salzburg):
Opening scene after “Sound of Music” song.
Final escape scene with family hiking to safety.
|Opening Flight Scenes
(Dancing in the house and in the garden outside the house is a Hollywood set)
|A New Mother
Leopoldskron: Tossing ball with Baroness Schraeder & drinking lemonade on terrace, singing a sad “The Hills are Alive”
|“The Hills are Alive“
Filmed at Mellweg, Germany, just across the border from Salzburg.
Helicopter shots over Untersberg, into the Berchtesgaden valley with Königssee and by the Eagle’s Nest, then into the Lake District and back to Salzburg.
Various churches, including Salzburg Cathedral
|My Favorite Things
Leopoldskron: Georg trying to find out where children had been, then Maria comes and they sing “My Favorite Things”
Nonnberg Abbey (outside and courtyard only; permission was not given to film inside, so the interiors were rebuilt and filmed in Hollywood)
Songs: Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110); Morning Hymn (Rex Admirabilis); Allelulia
(Nonnberg Abbey courtyard is a Hollywood set. The Mother Abbess’s Quarters were filmed in Salzburg, but on a set at the Dürer Film Studios)
|Maria and the Captain
Leopoldskron: Gazebo; Maria and Georg talk, sing “Something Good,” kiss
|“I Have Confidence”
Leaving Nonnberg Abbey courtyard
Path above Toscaninihof, toward Winkler Restaurant, with cathedral and city in background.
Walking under archway into Domplatz (The real Maria von Trapp is the lady in the green dress with the head scarf, crossing the street in the background).
Residenz Fountain in Residenzplatz.
Kapitelplatz with Hohensalzburg in background (getting on bus).
Tree-lined gravel walkway in front of Frohnburg.
(Preparing Maria is actually a Hollywood set)
St. Peter’s shown briefly from the outside
(The altar with the gateway is also a set)
Mondsee Cathedral: After Maria passes the gate, all interior shots are here. This is the only interior shot in the whole movie which was not filmed at a movie studio.
Zoom out to St. Peter’s exterior & Salzburg old city.
|Villa von Trapp
Frohnburg house with front driveway & entrance
(The real Maria did call the butler “Captain” when she first met him at the door.)
All interiors were rebuilt and filmed in Hollywood.
Front of Frohnburg Palace (Rolf delivers a telegram to Franz the butler)
Out back of Leopoldskron Palace to gazebo, which was originally located in the gardens behind the Leopoldskron, near the lake. The gazebo is now located at the Hellbrunn Palace grounds. It was only used for the external shots. All internal dancing shots were filmed in half-shell gazebos built in Hollywood. The film gazebo is locked now, after an elderly lady tried hopping from bench to bench and fell and broke her leg. Interestingly, the “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” dance was one of the first scenes filmed for the movie, and Charmian Carr (Liesl) didn’t have her slip-proof shoes on for the dance, slipped and put her leg through the glass, cutting and spraining her ankle. She filmed the final cut of the dance with an Ace bandage on the ankle.
Flag of the
|Leaving the Villa
Frohnburg: Pushing the car out of the driveway and meeting Herr Zeller & gang.
Rock Riding School: The entire festival (These scenes were very difficult to light, requiring generators from all over Europe, and it was very cold)
(This one song took six days to film because of bad weather)
Tree-lined boulevard in front of Frohnburg
Little Mozart bridge across the Salzach River
Painted horse fountain at Karajan-Platz
Marketplace (a built set)
Along banks of Salzach River
Steam engine train up mountain (Untersberg?)
Werfen with Hohenwerfen Fortress in background
Path above Toscaninihof, toward Winkler Restaurant on Hohensalzburg
Riding bikes along lakeside
Horse-drawn carriage in town
· Pegasus fountain
· Ivy-covered walkway
· Statues at entrance to gardens
· Dwarf from Zwerglgarten (Dwarf Garden)
· Hopping up & down stairs to rose garden
|Returning from Vienna
Driving down tree-covered boulevard in front of Frohnburg
Klopmann Monastery (There does not seem to be any such monastery. It is not clear which building is shown briefly when this choir is heard.)
Leopoldskron: Back of house & lake
Children rowing up to back of house (Gretl nearly drowned when the boats turned over, since she couldn’t swim.)
Guide books and tour groups will say that the “Maria” song was filmed in Nonnberg, and the scene with the family hiding in the cemetery was filmed in St. Peter’s cemetery. However, both were carefully re-created Hollywood sets.
"The Sound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie," by Julia Antopol Hirsch. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1993.
(The one definitive source about the making of the movie).
"The Story of the Trapp Family Singers," by Maria Augusta Trapp. New York: Doubleday, 1990.
"Forever Liesl: A Memoir of The Sound of Music," by Charmian Carr. New York: Viking, 2000.
Maps showing all of the in-town locations can be found at:
Compiled by Brooks Haderlie, November 2003.