Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on June 28, 2011
“The hills are alive with the Sound of Music”! There are certain sights that I will always associate with the “Sound of Music” and the von Trapp family history. While some native Austrians may not agree with me, I think that locations such as Nonnberg Abbey, Mondsee Cathedral, or the Mozart Footbridge are quintessential “Sound of Music” locations that bring all the joy of the real life von Trapps’ story back to life! So in honor of all these fabulous “Sound of Music” filming locations, I hope to write one post a week about a von Trapp family location in the Salzburg, Austria vicinity that is important to the von Trapp family story.
So let’s start at the very beginning… The von Trapp family history really begins with the glorious city of Salzburgitself. Situated in some of creation’s most spectacular scenery, this musical town’s charming Tyrolean architecture blends seamslessly with the Alpine mountains, lush hillsides, and pristine rivers and lakes which surround it.
But it is not for the “Sound of Music” film alone that Salzburg is world-renowned. In fact, this city was made famous in the 1700s when Mozart spread his enchanting music across Europe and made Salzburg a permanent fixture in the world of classical music. Besides the rich choirs and string orchestras which were birthed in this city, Salzburg is filled with gourmet chocolatiers and sumptuous Austrian bakeries, breathtaking cathedrals, towering palaces, and delightfully sculpted gardens. Down the center of this marvelous town runs the Salzach River, and a myriad of fountains and pools fill the rest of Salzburg with pristine, alpine water. And throughout numerous magnificent ballrooms twirl the magical Austrian waltzes to strains of lilting violin music.
It was into this fairy-tale setting that the von Trapp family was born, and with such a background as this there can be little wonder how a story as remarkable as the one told in “The Sound of Music” could capture the hearts of millions of people around the world. Today the most recognizable landmarks in Salzburg are in almost the same condition as the von Trapps would have known them in the early 1900s.
At the pinnacle of Salzburg towers the Fortress Hohensalzburg, an impressive castle built in 1077 by the Archbishop Gebhard, and is still in operation today as a museum. The second most obvious article in Salzburg is the Salzach River, which when translated is simply the “Salty River”! Maria von Trapp remembered winding her way along the Salzach River on a moonless night while on her way back to the von Trapp villa, having just received instructions from the Reverend Mother that it was God’s will for her to marry the Captain.
One could write for days about this beautiful city, but since the sun has gone to bed and so must I, stay tuned for the next installment of “Sound of Music” locations next week!
So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, goodbye!