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Do Re Mi film sites - Trapp Family E- bike tour in Salzburg for small groups

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    Stop At: Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Mirabellplatz 4, Salzburg 5020 Austria

    We will start our tour here where the famous Do Re Mi scene was filmed where the Pegasus Fountain, the Hermes statues, the Dwarf statues, the ivy laden archways and the famous steps are that Maria and the children sang upon!

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Villa Trapp, Traunstraße 34, 5026 Salzburg, Austria

    After leaving Mirabell gardens, we will pick up the E-bikes (which will cost 25 euro/person that you will pay directly to the bike store).
    Then we will go to the original Family Von Trapp house, which the Captain and his 7 children moved into in 1924 from their previous home in Vienna after his wife died. A few years later, Maria moved in with Georg and his children to tutor one of his daughters (also named Maria) who was recovering from Scarlet Fever, and later they became married in 1927 in the Nonnberg Abbey (which we will visit) until they moved out in 1938 to escape to Italy and then to the U.S. at the onset of the war. SS officer Himmler took over this house during the war for his own personal house and after the war, a Catholic order bought it from the Trapp family as a house for their priests to live in. They still own the house, but since 2009, this Catholic order has turned it into a guest house, where you can stay if you like while visiting Salzburg! The Villa Trapp charges 8 euro/person to tour the house and gardens, along with Himmler's bunker. There are a lot of photos on the walls and other memorabilia from when the family lived there. It is truly fascinating for any fan of the Sound of Music and the Trapp Family singers.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Schloss Hellbrunn, Fuerstenweg 37, Salzburg 5020 Austria

    We will next ride our bikes about 20 minutes through some lovely upscale neighborhoods of Salzburg through the Aigen area, through a beautiful park by an old mansion of a Duke and a lovely old monestary, and then by the Salzach River and by horse pastures to the amazing Hellbrunn Palace and Gardens. We will spend about 30 minutes there walking around the palace,gardens, and ponds, which is much longer than what the other tour groups do! Of course included in this will be the highlight, where we will see the real Pavillion that was given to the city which 20th Century Fox placed in the Garden near the terrace by the pond behind the house used in the film. So this pavillion stood for years by that pond in the garden by the Palace Leopoldskron, which we will visit later in the tour.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Schloss Frohnburg, Hellbrunner Allee 53, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

    After leaving the Hellbrunn Palace, we will ride our bikes just 5 minutes down a lovely breathtaking dirt Allee lined by old oak trees used only for horses, bikes and pedestrians through the horse pastures and fields and will stop at the actual house that was used to film the outside of the Family Von Trapp house scenes. This is where the Captain ripped down the Nazi flag hung on his house during his honeymoon and where the family tried to quietly escape by pushing their car until the Nazis stopped them just outside their gate. Also, this Allee is where Julie Andrews skips with her guitar down to the gate of the house while singing "I have confidence". All the indoor scenes of the house were filmed on set in Hollywood.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Leopoldskronstraße 56-58, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

    After leaving the previous stop at the Frohnburg Palace (the Von Trapp house in the film), we will continue to bike down the natural Hellbrunner Allee, through the beautiful fields and by more huge mansions and palaces. We will stop for 10 minutes at a palace that is now featuring a nice restaurant and an Austrian Dirndl/traditional dress company where you can see some of the finest traditional clothes made in the Alpen region on display in their showroom! We can stop there for an iced mint tea or cool drink sitting outside on the terrace gazing at the high mountains shown in the film in the distance if you wish. Then we will continue on bike paths through more lovely fields and meadows and pass even by a cow milking farm where you can even buy fresh milk if you like! Then we will go through some lovely neighborhoods and arrive at Schloss Leopoldskron! These are some of the loveliest parts on the journey through the more natural greener areas of South Salzburg. We will then see the back terrace and pond of the palace Leopoldskron, which is where all the terrace scenes were filmed behind the Trapp family house. So this is actually the second location that was used to film the outdoor scenes around the house. This palace itself was not shown in the film, but of course, the gardens, terrace and lake were featured and this is where the gazebo was located until it was moved to Palace Hellbrunn many years later after the film was made, so everyone could see it more easily. The Leopoldskron palace is a private hotel now used for conferences and economic forums, which is run by Harvard University. It was the original home of the famous writer Max Reinhardt, founder of the Salzburg Summer Classical Music Festival, which is the same festival that the Von Trapp family sang at in the film and in real life!

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Nonnberg Convent, Nonnberggasse 2, Salzburg 5020 Austria

    After stopping at the Leopoldskron Palace, we will ride our bikes through more green areas and lovely old residential areas of Salzburg just 15 minutes or so towards the main Fortress of Salzburg as we head to the city center. Before we get to the city center, we will ride to the flank of the fortress to visit the Nonnberg Abbey, which is where several scenes were filmed such as when the children rang the bell to visit Fraulein Maria when she was there after leaving the house party in guilt. Also, this is the place where the scene is filmed when the family escapes in their car after hiding in the Abbey. From the front door of the Abbey, this features the best view over Salzburg to the south which is where the high mountains are! We can go inside to the abbey to the chapel where the real Maria and Georg were married in 1927, being the only wedding held there.
    The church shown in the film where they got married however, is about a 40 minute drive away from Salzburg in the town of Mondsee. If you want to go up there, we could do this on another day on a public bus or in your rental car or I can give you instructions how to take a public bus there to go on your own on another day.
    After the abbey, we will wrap around to the other side of the Fortress facing the north side of the city, with a tremendous view of the old city and stop to gaze out over the city for 5 minutes or so.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Residenzplatz Market, Residenzplatz 1, Salzburg 5020 Austria

    After coming down the short hill from the Nonnberg Abbey, we will visit several sites in the city center where the film was shot. These include the famous Residenzplatz, which is where the Nazi troops were marching in the film. Also, this is where Maria runs through the plaza and splashes water in the horse fountain (largest Baroque fountain north of Italy) on her way from the abbey to the bus to go to the family home. We will also see where the real Maria did a cameo role next to the Cathedral during this scene! Also, around the other side of the Cathedral, I will show you where she got on the bus with the fortress in the background.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), Sankt-Peter-Bezirk off Kapitalpl., Salzburg 5020 Austria

    We will then park the bikes and see the cemetery and catacombs from St. Peter's monastery, which is the same cemetery which was used to inspire the director to build a likeness on his Hollywood set, where the family hid from the Nazis.
    The oldest continuous restaurant in Europe is in this monastery, so we will take a quick look inside. It was founded in 803 A.D.!!!

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Felsenreitschule, Hofstallgasse 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

    This will be the last stop on the tour before we return our bikes. We will ride bikes through more of the old city to see several other filming spots as well as where the ground zero for the film crew was based. We will then wind up at the world renowned Felsenreitschule Theatre, or "Rock riding school" for horses, which was converted in the 1920s by Max Reinhardt from a riding school into a theater. This is the real theater where the concert scene near the end of the film took place where the family sung in front of the large Austrian audience and Nazis. This is the real home of the world famous Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg Festival), which Max Reinhardt began in the 1920s as well. We won't be able to go inside unfortunately to see the lovely rock theater shown in the film because it is only open for private tours twice a day, but you can go the previous or following day to one of their private tours on your own (just google them). Then we will head through the city along the river back to the bike store just before 6pm, which is when they close, to return the bikes and then I can walk you to the bus stop by the bike store to direct you which bus to take to get you back to your hotel or the city center. The E-bikes will make it very easy for you to handle the 5.5 to 6 hour tour, and there is only one real hill that we will ride up to get to the Abbey, but that will be easy on the E bikes. It is just a short ride up. We can walk up that hill as well if you like. It doesn't take long and the view is spectacular!

    Duration: 20 minutes
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    Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

    My daughter & I had a great Sound of Music experience cycling around in a small group with John as our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable with lots of gossip, titbits & fun facts relating to the making of the film. We visited many familiar...More

    Thank Yirt
    John M, Owner at John Munson, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    It was a real pleasure being with you and your daughter for me as well and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a nice comprehensive review! I am thrilled you enjoyed my tour! Hope you visit Salzburg again soon!

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    John is a friendly, kind guide, from America, who knows his Sound of Music stuff. We saw lots of the filming sites, learning how the directors spliced together the various locations. We enjoyed using the e-bikes, which made the one big hill easy. Our son...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Sonya74N
    John M, Owner at John Munson, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Thanks Sonya for your very nice and detailed review of my tour! In the city center, there are indeed many stops, as many of the film locations are relatively close to each other. There is also a lot to tell my guests about many of...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    John was such a great guide! We enjoyed being in a small group, which made it easy to ask questions and get to know others in the group. Our family of five all did the tour. The e-bikes were very easy to ride - just...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank mattv596
    John M, Owner at John Munson, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    It is so kind of you to leave such a wonderful detailed review! I am thrilled that you all had a great time seeing this lovely city and countryside with me!

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    John was a delight to work with in making the arrangements for this tour! I would highly recommend him and the bike tour!

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank FarAway513964
    John M, Owner at John Munson, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thanks so much! Hope to see you the next time you come to Salzburg!

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    John welcomed us on the tour and asked everyone how many time he/she has seen The Sound of Music. He got a good feel for how in depth he needed to be based on the interest of our group. He is very enthusiastic and definitely...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    John M, Owner at John Munson, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    I am really glad that you enjoyed my tour! I try my best to balance everyone's interests in the movie trivia and the real Trapp family trivia/history to keep everyone as engaged as possible! Thanks again for your positive feedback!

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    30 July 2019|
    Response from John M | Property representative |
    Hi, no, there are no sites closed on any day. All the sites are open on every day, including the Trapp Villa, the Nonnberg Abbey church and cemetery, Hellbrunn Palace, etc. We also still go in the rain. Just bring along good... More
    20 July 2019|
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    Response from John M | Property representative |
    HI Phyllis. I just opened up some spots for you. How many are in your group? So please book it as soon as possible before someone else books those spots. See you then!
    10 July 2019|
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    Response from John M | Property representative |
    Yup! I sure do! Just go ahead and book it when you are ready and willing! I look forward to showing you all the most lovely and interesting places in this city, both in the old town and the natural areas around town.
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