The Sound of Salzburg

The Sound of Salzburg

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-09-27 12:26 The hills outside salsburg As a schoolboy, after I came out seeing the movie “The Sound of Music”, my desire was to see the places where the song “The Hills are Alive” was picturised on Julie Andrews. This childhood dream was realised only after I became a senior citizen. When I landed at Wolfgang Mozart Airport at Salzburg last year, I didn’t fail to notice a billboard proclaiming that it was the Golden Jubilee year of the release of “Sound of Music”. Salzac river, Salsburg fort in the back Pegasus fountain     We drove to the hotel straight from the airport. It was 3pm and sunny.  I asked the hotel receptionist to suggest us places to visit in Salzburg.  She said that every tourist comes to see the places where “Sound of Music” was picturised, and that I could take the “Sound of Music” tour the next morning. She suggested that I walk towards the river nearby and go to the city centre. I freshened up and went towards the riverbank.  The river, known as Salzach, was once used to transport salt mined from nearby salt mines. Its name is derived from the German word ‘Salz’, which means salt. In fact, Salzburg means “Salt Fort”. I could see a lot of greenery on both banks of the river. What attracted my attention most was a white-coloured fortress on top of a hill. Enquiries revealed that this fort, built in 1077, is the largest in Central Europe and is known as Hohensalzburg Castle. Tourist bus Old salsburg Mozart statue After a refreshing walk on the river bank, we came to a park nearby and it looked very familiar. I realised that it was the Mirabell Palace garden where the song “Do-Re-Mi” in “Sound of Music” was picturised. The garden is very beautiful with a number of sculptures and fountains. As it was getting dark, we returned to the hotel. The next morning we took the Sound of Music tour. The tour started near Mirabell Gardens, where a number of buses painted in Sound of Music scenes and logos were parked. The drivers and the guides of these buses were dressed like characters in the movie. Our first stop was near Leopoldscorn Lake, where the famous boating scene was filmed. We did not go into the palace on the banks of this lake. This palace was shown as the residence of Capt. Trapp. Our next stop was Helbrunn Palace. This was built in 17th century as the summer residence of Prince Archbishop Marcus Sittikus. It has a very spacious park and many water bodies. In the garden of this palace, a Gazebo was placed by the movie director to picturise the song, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”. Mirabell garden entrance Mandsi church Leopoldscrone Gazebo   Our bus then went to Nonnberg Abbey, which is the female convent founded in the year 714. The opening scenes of the movie and the song “How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?” were shot in this abbey. After seeing the abbey from a distance, we proceeded towards Montse. The drive from Salzburg to Montse was very picturesque. I truly felt that these hills have music in them. Soon we saw two huge lakes, one of which known as St. Gilgen. We were told that the lake is popular for water sports. After reaching Montse, we went to the city centre to see a church where the wedding scenes of Maria and Capt. Trapp were picturised. The next day we went on our own to see the historic old town area of Salzburg, which is a World Heritage Site because of it’s a baroque architecture. The most important landmark in the old city is Salzburg Cathedral built in 767 AD. This huge cathedral has been rebuilt twice in 12th century and 17th century after fire accidents. It was in this cathedral that Mozart was baptized. Outside this cathedral are lovely fountains and sculptors. The small, stone-paved lanes with shops all around are a sight to see. Author: Dr D V Guruprasad (Born at Bangalore – 1951), did his schooling in Bangalore. He obtained B.Sc (PCM) degree from National College. He changed tracks and pursued a course in English Literature at Karnatak University, Dharwad. He topped the University in MA exams. He obtained his Ph.D in English Literature from Gulbarga University (Subject: The Epistle in Indian Writing in English”). Published by Karnataka University. He is a visiting Professor of Criminology