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local sights

in the historical market town of Werfen


The Sound of Music Trail

Hohenwerfen Fortress

Eisriesenwelt

Alpin Arts Museum / gallery

churches & historical buildings

film settings in Werfen

tranditional handcraft

Music unites! And that’s something that definitely holds true on “The Sound of Music Trail”: Music brings together people, history and the present, and it unites our own memories with impressions from the film. You will come across texts of many of the most famous songs at various points along the path, with music accompanying you step by step, moment by moment. A walk guaranteed to raise your spirits to whole new heights.

The Sound of Music Trail

The Sound of Music Trail

The life of the Trapp family and the filming of the musical “The Sound of Music” are both world famous, and also pivotal points in our history ...
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Experience the middle ages up close! The castle fortification once owned by the prince-archbishops invites you to take a journey back in time to the 11th century. One of the many memorable highlights: awe-inspiring bird-of-prey shows put on by the historic State Falconers, mainly featuring native free-flying raptors!

Fortress Hohenwerfen

Fortress Hohenwerfen

A mighty bastion dominating the Salzach River Valley, Hohenwerfen is one of the most magnificent mountain fortifications in the Alps...
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Enter the largest ice cave om earth. The Eisriesenwelt Werfen is an experiacne for the whole familiy - unique, huge and rightly for many decades one of the most populat sights of Salzburg. 
Eisriesenwelt Werfen

Eisriesenwelt Werfen

The giant ice caves outside Werfen are generally held to be the most extensive in the world. And an area of some 20,000 square kilometers is covered in ice!
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The former magistrate’s court – incidentally, also the place where poet Ferdinand Sauter was born – today houses »Alpen&KunstMuseum Werfen«: a museum which has established itself as a center of art and culture, providing today’s visitors with fascinating insights into local cultural- and folk history, contemporary art as well as efforts to protect the environment. The historic building, with its venerable vaulted ceilings, provides an ideal setting for exhibitions and cultural activities that have become well known far beyond Austria’s borders.

Alpin Arts Museum

Alpin Arts Museum

For years, the Werfen Museum Association looked for a suitable location for the local folk-history museum ...
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Alpine Gallery

Alpine Gallery

ZENTRUM FOTOGRAFIE | GALERIE at the Kuenburggewölbe in Werfen is a space dedicated to photography. A space for seeing ...
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Brennhof

Brennhof

Within the historical Brennhof, old vaulted rooms were restored and converted into an events venue for up to 300 people ...
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St. Barbara’s Church in Tenneck

St. Barbara’s Church in Tenneck

The branch church in Tenneck was consecrated on October 24, 1954 of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of the miners, and submitted to the parish of Werfen.
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Werfen Parish Church

Werfen Parish Church

The Werfen parish church we know today was built from 1652 – 1657 and is consecrated to St. James the Greater ...
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“Maria Hilf” Capuchin Church

“Maria Hilf” Capuchin Church

The Capuchin Church was built in 1736 as a missionary station to prevent the spread of Lutheranism...
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Film History
  in Werfen

Werfen as a movie location

Sound of Music, Where Eagles Dare and more

 

The fact that Werfen has frequently been used as a movie backdrop, isn’t just because of mighty Hohenwerfen Castle enthroned high above the River Salzach. Its proximity to Salzburg City – just a 30-minute drive way – also plays a role, as does the beautiful mountain world.

In  1964, “The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews was filmed up at the Gschwantanger. Visit this famous “Sound of Music” location on the Gschwantanger, too, and feel like you are Julie Andrews herself.

 

 

It was here that Julie Andrews, as Maria von Trapp, shared a picnic with the children and taught them the famous song “DO-RE-MI”. In the background, magnificent Hohenwerfen Castle. A scene which has since been seen by over one billion people.

The castle rising dramatically towards the heavens also appears to have interested the director of a different movie genre: In 1968, the film “Where Eagles Dare” was shot in Werfen. Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton heroically conquered the castle, known as “Schloss Adler” in the film, with the help of a gondola lift. So, when you are here in Werfen, if you ever find yourself thinking “it’s just like in the movies”, you are absolutely right.

Traditional craft businesses

Werfen and its artisans

Experience traditional craftsmanship up close: at five deeply-rooted local businesses in Werfen. The master himself will show you how he puts his skills into practice.

Allow yourself to be inspired, and perhaps even take a piece of genuine Werfen craftsmanship back home with you.