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Salzburg: The Hills Are Alive

Posted in Worldwide Travel Destinations  by admin on October 5th, 2008

What child, or adult for that matter, wouldn’t like to spend a week in Salzburg? Well, if you are considering a family vacation this October, consider Salzberg, Austria as one of best destinations for your family.

A typical vacation package to Salzberg would include:

* Round-trip airfare from your home city
* Six night hotel accommodation in Salzberg
* Daily continental breakfast
* Hotel taxes and service charges

The highlight of this trip, of course, would be the Sound of Music Tour. Take 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. An English-speaking guide not only shows you the highlights of the film, but also the historical and architectural landmarks in the city, as well as part of the picturesque Lake District.

The tour would include the following sites:

Mirabell Gardens
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 Castle
The front side of the castle was used as the von Trapp family home, where 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.

Hellbrunn Castle
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.

Nonnberg Abbey
Nonnberg Abbey is the oldest convent in the German-speaking part of Europe. Maria was a novice there. The baron and Maria were married here in 1927. The scenes for the movie made here include the opening scene wherein the nuns were going to Mass. Remember Maria running to the Abbey after spending a morning singing on the hillside.

St. Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang
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.

Wedding Church Mondsee
A visit to Mondsee Cathedral, where the film wedding between Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as the Baron, took place.

While in Salzberg, you can also make arrangements to visit the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He was born here on January 27, 1756. Today the rooms once occupied by the Mozart family house a museum. The most famous exhibits include Mozart’s childhood violin, his concert violin, his clavichord, the pianoforte, portraits and correspondence of the Mozart family.

As you return home from this amazing vacation, your family is sure to be singing many of the songs from “The Sound of Music”.

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