There’s a reason that the Sound of Music has remained a timeless classic. Most of the on-location scenes were shot in the historic, quaint city of Salzburg in western Austria. Sure, the town has other things to offer – after all, its modest roots date back to the 8th century, when St. Rupert established St. Peter’s Abbey and Monastery. Then there was this whole deal in the 16th-18th centuries with the booming salt trade (Salzburg literally translates to “Mountain of Salt”), when the mountains of “white gold” made the Prince Archbishops that ruled here mountains of money…which they then used to construct grand palaces, towering cathedrals, and gorgeous gardens. Now add on the fact that Salzburg is the birthplace of not just Mozart, but also Red Bull’s dynasty…this little city has quite a bit going for it!
If you ask me though, it’s the lure of Julie Andrews’ kingdom that makes visitors flock from all over the globe. I’ll be perfectly honest – I was not a die-hard Sound of Music fan before arriving. Heck, I had to rent the movie on Amazon when I was in Munich because the last time I had watched it was when I was four years old! Did I remember any of it? Of course not! What person really has any vivid memories before the age of 12? (Sorry Mom and Dad, I know you spent buckets of money on family trips to Disney World, the Florida Keys, the Grand Canyon, and more when I was little. At least we have the pictures to prove I was there??).
I’m typically not a fan of musicals, but even I had to admit the Sound of Music was pretty darn good. I was feeling positive about my little stint in Salzburg and thought that I might even re-enact a scene or two once I got there. Luckily, I made some friends on my Sound of Music Tour and got to do just that! The whole experience was wonderful, and I must admit that I boarded the train to Hallstatt with much more admiration for the town and the musical than I ever thought I would have. Without further ado, enjoy this picture montage of a few of my favorite things from Salzburg!
1. The cozy, homely working space (and tasty banana bread!) at Coffee House Salzburg
2. Salzburg’s gorgeous city skyline
3. This dope state sleigh at the DomQuartier Museum
4. My afternoon with Esther! Such a blessing to find her and have the chance to spend an afternoon with one of my best friends 🙂
5. St. Peter’s Cemetery and Catacombs…they seem much less spooky when you visit in broad daylight and aren’t running from the Nazis
6. The views from the Hohensalzburg Fortress
7. This lovely Saturday market along the River Salzach
8. My Sound of Music Tour! Plus the dazzling lakeside towns that we stopped at along the way
9. Meeting Abby and Charlotte and having the chance to re-enact some Do-Re-Mi scenes in Mirabell Gardens and on the Mozart Footbridge
Healthy base tan, courtesy of the unyielding sun in Megan’s hometown in southwest Florida? Check. An insistence that gallivanting through Germany and Austria all summer does, in fact, count as exercise – after all, those cathedral steps aren’t going to climb themselves! Definitely. A command of the native languages and the confidence that one mere backpack will get her through two months abroad? Now slow down there, she didn’t say she was Wonder Woman. While neuroscience and chemistry may be this coffee-loving, beach-bumming, fashion-adoring springboard diver’s forte, Megan is hoping to expand her appreciation for the finer things in life (beer, currywurst, schnitzel, melange…) before returning to the reality that all good things must come to an end, as evidenced by her impending senior year.