Set out on this trail to discover the unforgettable story of the von Trapp family from the world-famous Hollywood musical “The Sound of Music”. Follow in their footsteps, footsteps which led them to a unique musical career in the USA. Visit one of the film’s most important original shooting locations as you collect precious memories of your own. In an imposing mountain world, with Hohenwerfen Castle in the background, amid wonderful nature.
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.