- 5 hours
On this Sound of Music Tour, we will visit a number of sites that appear in this Oscar-winning film, but will also take some time to dig behind the history of the movie. As we take in the impressive views of Mirabell Gardens or Mondsee and the lakes, we’ll address a variety of topics, from the Hapsburg Empire to the political backdrop of WW2 and the role of the Nazis and the Anschluss. We’ll also discuss the reasons why this film took off in certain parts of the world and not others (unbeknown to many, the majority of Austrians have never seen the film). This tour focuses on the real Von Trapp family as a lens into the history of this period, examining the impact of the movie for a little city like Salzburg.
NOTE: This tour includes a car service that will pick you up at your accommodation. Please tell us your hotel or apartment address in the 'Additional Details' box while adding the tour to your shopping cart.
Sound of Music Tour
Von Trapp Villas and Baroque Palaces
Lovely Lake District
Michaela is a native Austrian living in Salzburg for more than 20 years and has spent several years in the tourism industry. She holds an Interior Design degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and worked as a Designer during her stay in the United States. After moving to Salzburg Michaela studied to become a certified Austria Guide. She has over 10 years of knowledge as a tourist guide and gained a great understanding in the culture, traditions, history and culinary life of Salzburg. She wants to convey a precise picture of Salzburg’s unique history focusing on baroque architecture and modern urban artworks. She also enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for W.A. Mozart and loves to show known and unknown sites related to his life. For all food lovers Michaela created tours to introduce local specialties and to taste famous handmade chocolates, desserts, local produced drinks or traditional dishes. Her aim is to pass on insider knowledge about the local life style, introduce unique places to her guests and give them a great local experience.
David is a double graduate in Tourist Management and European History. He studied in Edinburgh, Bordeaux, Zaragoza and Limerick University, where he worked as an assistant professor in 20th century European history. His PhD examines the social and economic circumstances that helped authoritarian regimes to come to power in Europe during 1920-30's. David deepened his European experience working in the European parliament in Brussels before moving to London. In 2008 David settled in Salzburg where he specialises in custom made tours in and around Salzburg. David is a nature lover and when he is not leading tours he can be found either trekking, skiing or discovering new off the beaten track places in the Austrian alps.
Christian’s area of specialty is Salzburg’s music history, modern art in public spaces and the city mountains. He enjoys telling the stories of the celebrated figure, Wolfgang Amadè Mozart by going to his birthplace and residence along with exposing the history of the Sound of Music. Christian focuses very much on showing coherences - for example why particular pieces of art work have been placed in their various spots around the city of Salzburg. He is also a certified hiking guide and customizes tours to enjoy the stunning views and experience the unique combination of culture and nature that Salzburg offers.
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