Buckle up for a ton of photos in this post!
Our morning stroll through Mirabell Gardens kicked off our Sunday morning Sound of Music sightseeing. Aka the main reason why we went to Salzburg.
I’ve heard the professional tour companies do a really great job at visiting all the filming locations, but we opted for a DIY walking tour so we could start and stop when we (let’s be honest, the toddler ) wanted to. It turned out to be a perfect decision, as many of the historical sites are in the pedestrian-only zone. However, pushing a 20-pound stroller with a 33-pound toddler was a better idea when we weren’t actually walking up the *steep* sidewalks. We may have contemplated all our life choices a few times, but we survived
In case you’re wondering how I planned this DIY walking tour, I used this blog post from Helene in Between and this PDF from the Salzburg Tourism Office to determine what sites to see. I then added it to Google Maps to my custom itenerary map (this really old blog post from Casey at We Took the Road Less Traveled is a great tutorial. Even though she lived in Europe years ago, Casey’s blog is my go-to for trip ideas here in Europe.)
Side note: The Pferdeschwemme is a short walk to the Felsenreitschule (Rock Riding School) via the Sigmundstor rock tunnel. The Felsenreitschule is recognizable from the singing competition scene at the end of the movie – we tried to visit, but the doors were locked. But we did walk through the tunnel, which was pretty neat!
This is also the site where Maria splashes in the fountain during the “I Have Confidence” scene. Naturally, I had to splash in the fountain as well. I assume the movie producers had a stool for Julie Andrews to stand on, because I had to stand on my tiptoes to even reach the water! (We’re basically the same height- she’s 5’8” and I’m 5’7”.)