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  • Location:Salzburg, Austria
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Original Sound of Music Private Tour

Trace the footsteps of Maria and the Von Trapps on this 4-hour original 'Sound of Music' tour from Salzburg. Traveling by minivan, witness some of the musical’s filming locations, including the Mirabell Gardens, the lakefront Schloss Leopoldskron that served as the Von Trapp home, and more. Plus, visit the Salzkammergut region to see the incredible lake-and-mountain scenery of the opening titles. Upgrade to include a 1-hour apple strudel cooking class and tastings in a quaint Alpine hut after your tour. Receive the personalized attention of a driver-guide on this private tour.


  • Private 4-hour tour of Sound of Music filming locations from Salzburg
  • See filming locations of the iconic musical, including the Mirabell Gardens and the lakeside Schloss Leopoldskron
  • Admire Maria’s wedding church in Mondsee and visit Liesl's and Rolf’s reconstructed glass gazebo
  • Head into the idyllic Salzkammergut region whose lakes and mountains formed the opening titles
  • Hear inside gossip and tales about the film’s making in 1965
  • Upgrade to include a 1-hour apple strudel cooking class in a pretty Alpine hut
  • Receive the full attention of an expert driver-guide on this private tour for up to eight people

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What You Can Expect

Original Sound of Music Private Tour

Try and cook the traditional apple strudel at Edelweiss cooking school!

Start your experience with a pickup from your central Salzburg hotel or make your own way to a central pickup point. Then, hop aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan with your expert driver-guide and start your Sound of Music tour.

Since this is a private tour, be sure to list any special interests you have on booking so your guide will know them in advance, and then, on the day, talk to your guide about any sights you want to see more or less of, so they can tailor your itinerary around your wishes.

While you travel, hear fascinating facts and trivia about the 1965 film and, to get into the musical mood, opt to hear some of the film’s famously melodic songs during your drive.

See Schloss Leopoldskron (Leopoldskron Castle), the lakeside house that acted as the Von Trapp home, and head for the 17th-century Schloss Hellbrunn (Hellbrunn Castle) to visit the reconstructed garden gazebo where Liesl and Rolf sang ' Sixteen Going on Seventeen.'

Next, drive into the idyllic Salzkammergut region of glassy lakes and Alpine mountains. Soak up the stunning scenery that formed the film’s opening scenes and see the romantic village of St Gilgen, home to the movie’s mountain railway.

Continue to the lakefront town of Mondsee to admire the yellow-painted church that hosted Maria’s wedding, and then return to Salzburg to discover two more iconic locations: the famous Mirabell Palace and Nonnberg Abbey, where the convent scenes were filmed.

Your 4-hour tour ends at the original starting point.


Edelweiss Cooking School Upgrade:
Upgrade to include a 1-hour Austrian cooking class! After your film tour, drive to the Edelweiss Cooking School, set in a quaint Alpine wooden hut in Salzburg.

Then, guided by an experienced chef, make one of Austria’s favorite dishes — a delicious apple strudel. Peel the apples and learn how to make and roll the crispy pastry before baking it to perfection.

As you work, learn about Austrian cuisine and sample some scrumptious local specialities. Then, end your tour back at the departure point.

Please note: the order of film site visits as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.

Customer Reviews

Sam T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our driver/tour guide was excellent and we enjoyed every minute!

Steve Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The private tour for our family was wonderful. Everyone could hear the tour guide.
He was so knowledgeable and we really enjoyed it.

Nicola G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Brilliant afternoon. Eric, our guide, was a hoot! Funny, informative and gave us a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We visited all the SOM sites that were available plus a wonderful drive through the mountains. Highly recommend.

Joshua S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide Helen was excellent and was very flexible with our group of 8. We had plenty of photo opportunities as we drove through the Austrian countryside, and she was very knowledgeable about the area and the movie that spurred us to take the tour. A wonderful tour that we would highly recommend to anyone with a group that values the flexibility that a private tour affords.

Ricardo C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is a must if you're a group! Our charming tour guide/driver Helen was very knowledgeable about the movie, the actors, the real family and the locations pertaining the Sound of Music theme. This is a great way to tour around Salzburg and its surroundings without having a fixed to the dot schedule as it very customizable to your group's needs.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

When Sound of Music was released in 1965, I took all my friends to see it. I was so impressed with the beauty of this movie. Over the years, I have seen it many, many times. To be able to see many of the locations where it was filmed, was a dream come true. Our guide was very knowledgeable, which made our trip both informative and entertaining. We would recommend this tour to everyone. Salzburg is a lovely city.

Gail S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This private tour was the highlight of our European trip. Our guide was very informed about the sites we visited, and was flexible when we asked for an extra stop. My young travelers were thrilled to see the scenes where one of their favorite movies was filmed. I am glad we took the private tour. I believe we were able to travel some of the smaller roads where the big buses can't go. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling in the area. Super!!

Chris A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We are a family of six and we really enjoyed the tour. It as a great way to see the sighs where the film was made and also receive a great tour around some beautiful Austrian lakes with a very friendly and knowledgeable guide.

Lupita P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015


Trev S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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