Musical Tours in Salzburg: Why Maria & Mozart are Everywhere

June 27, 2012 Encore Tours

View of Salzburg

Besides being the birthplace of one of the world’s greatest composers, Salzburg is also the backdrop for one of the world’s most beloved musicals. It’s where Maria and Mozart collide to create the perfect destination for musically-inspired tours.

The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway in 1959, but the film starring Julie Andrews six years later really brought the story of the singing von Trapp family to life. The opening of the film begins with a breathtaking view of the mountaintops in Upper Austria. Other notable attractions featured in the film adaptation include Hohenwerfen Castle, the Nonnberg Abbey, the Mirabell Gardens—which you can see during the song “Do-Re-Mi”—and of course the Alps.

When tourists and locals aren’t singing the praises of Maria, Mozart’s presence can be felt everywhere, even in the city’s shop windows in the form of the famous round chocolates known as Mozartkugeln. Notable attractions related to the composer include his birthplace and former residence.


A few of the sights in the musical city of Salzburg...

Fountain in Salzburg, Austria

Storefront in Salzburg

Piano in Salzburg


Salzburg is a place that lives and breaths musical history, which is why countless groups travel to Austria each year to perform. If your performance ensemble or music appreciation group is interested in visiting, be sure to check out our sample itinerary, which can be further customized for your group's needs.

If you’ve been moved by a particular destination or had the opportunity to travel to Salzburg, we’d love to hear your story! Share your experience with us in the comments below.


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