The Hills Are Alive - Salzburg

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Any Hotel, Airbnb or private address in the city of Salzburg and nearer surrounding areas.

    W. A. Mozart Airport, Salzburg Austria
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Devote a day to The Sound of Music on this private, customizable 8-hour tour from Salzburg. Traveling by private minivan, trace the footsteps of Maria and the Von Trapps to one location after another, stopping for lunch (own expense) on route. Tour the Do Re Mi scenes in Salzburg, see the famous gazebo, Mondsee, and The Hills are Alive meadow, and absorb the Alpine scenery. Price is per vehicle, with hotel pickup and drop-off included.


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level

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Pass By: Salzburg Private Tours, Salzburg, Austrian Alps

Pick up from your hotel or any other location in the city of Salzburg.

Stop At: Mirabell palace and Gardens, Salzburg, Austrian Alps

On this stop we will explore the beautiful Mirabell Gardens, where the grand finale of Do, Re, Mi was filmed and we will also show you the Pegasus Fountain, Dwarf Garden, Hedge Tunnel and the steps where Maria and the kids finished Do, Re, Mi.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Salzburg Marionette Theater, Salzburg, Austrian Alps

If you love the Sound of Music you will know this fantastic puppet theater ( operating since 1913 ). The Salzburg puppet theater is the oldest continuous theater of its kind in the world. The Lonely Goatherd and the puppet scene in the Sound of Music where inspired by this theatre.
Sound of Music Film Connection:
This is what inspired one of the most memorable scenes "The Lonely Goatherd"

Stop At: Moenchsberg, Salzburg, Austrian Alps

Enjoy panoramic views over the city as Maria and the children did bringing the Do, Re, Mi song into Salzburg from the picnic meadow in Werfen. In the Sound of Music that's the moment when they begin to mix the order of the musical notes up for practice.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Pferdeschwemme (Horse Well), Salzburg, Austrian Alps

This iconic monument fountain, built in the 17th century, was used as a horse wash in former days. It was also featured in the Sound of Music.

Pass By: Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, Austrian Alps

Built in the 17th century as a riding school for the prince archbishops of Salzburg and transformed into a theater in 1925. This is the location where the Von Trapps performed Edelweiss and won the Salzburg festivals during the Sound of Music escape scene.

Pass By: Petersfriedhof, Salzburg, Austrian Alps

St. Peters Cemetery, is located next to St. Peters Basilica and Monastery. In the Sound of Music the oldest part of Salzburg ( goes back to 696AD ) inspired the escape scene.

Pass By: Mozart Bridge, Salzburg, Austrian Alps

Built in 1903 the Mozart Bridge is the oldest Bridge over the river Salzach in the city of Salzburg. In the Sound of Music Marie and the children cross the bridge while pointing during the instrumental end of "My Favorite Things" before they skip along the grassy riverbank.

Stop At: Residenzplatz Market, Salzburg, Austrian Alps

We will stop at this majestic 17th century baroque fountain, where Maria splashed water just before she boarded the bus to the captains Villa during I have Confidence in the Sound of Music.

Duration: 2 minutes

Pass By: Nonnberg Convent, Salzburg, Austrian Alps

The oldest Abbey north of the Alps (714AD) was featured several times in the Sound of Music. Only the exterior of the abbey was used in the movie. Innside shots where done in a studio.

Stop At: Leopoldskroner Weiher, Salzburg, Austrian Alps

Here we stop for a view over the Lake to the Palace Leopoldskron. This beautiful rococo building was used as the back of the family house in the Sound of Music. The boat scene was filmed here and it used to be the home of the original Gazebo.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Schloss Frohnburg

Stop and short walk to the 17th century Palace Frohnburg. This are the gates where Maria arrived hopping, swinging here guitar and singing "I Have Confidence" in the Sound of Music.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Schloss Hellbrunn, Salzburg, Austrian Alps

Hellbrunn Palace, famous for its trick water fountains, is since 1991 the location of the original Gazebo. Some of the most unforgettable and romantic scenes of the Sound of Music, like "16 going on 17" with Liesl and Rolf and "Something Good" where performed in this timeless Gazebo.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Julie's Meadow (Sound of Music)

Enjoy spectacular views (weather permitting) at the location where Maria was spinning in the field during the opening scene of the Sound of Music while singing "The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music".

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Rossfeld Panoramastrasse, Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria

This Panoramic Road is considered one of the most beautiful in the Alps. After a scenic drive to the top (1570 meters) your private guide will walk with you to the place where the family hiked over the Alps to Switzerland. (Weather permitting)

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Sound of Music Trail, Werfen, Austrian Alps

Sound of Music picnic meadow, where Maria and the children started to sing Do, Re, Mi during their picnic. Enjoy beautiful views to the fortress Hohenwerfen and the Alps.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Schloss Fuschl, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Former hunting lodge built in 1450 by Prince Archbishop, Schloss Fuschl is today a Luxury Lake Side Resort.

Stop At: Red Bull Headquarters, Fuschl am See, Austrian Alps

Home of the most famous Energy Drink, enjoy beautiful architecture.

Duration: 2 minutes

Stop At: Mozartblick

Enjoy beautiful views above the Lake Wolfgang and the town of St. Gilgen. This is the area that was shown during the opening scene of the Sound of Music. You also have a view to the Schafberg where Maria and the children took the train up to the picnic meadow.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Basilika St. Michael, Mondsee, Upper Austria

Visit "The Sound of Music" wedding basilica.

Duration: 10 minutes


Private tour

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Professional guide

Entry/Admission - MoenchsbergAufzug

Entry/Admission - Rossfeld Panoramastrasse


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Infant seats available

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Most travelers can participate

Children under the age of 12 or shorter then 150cm need a child seat. Please inform us.

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Traveler Reviews

  • 30-Oct-2022

    My mother and I are HUGE Sound of Music Fans, and consider ourselves quite knowledgable about the movie. We also have studied classical music and Broadway musicals extensively. We have dreamed of doing this tour for over 20 years! Our tour guide did not match our expectations. He was from Italy and had NEVER watched the movie before getting his tour guide job, as he hadn't heard of it. My mom and I knew way more details than he did, and I taught him a few things he hadn't known prior either. I'm sorry, but if I'm going to spend $800+ on a private, full-day tour, I expect my guide to know more than just where to drive us. He should be the expert on the movie insights and inside stories, not us. To top it off, there was an unfortunate accident up the mountain near where the famous "Hills are Alive" scene was filmed. We tried to go at 10 am, and were told to come back 2-3 hours later. We did, and they still had limited traffic. Our guide was ready to call it quits, but my mom and I were persuasive in asking him to stop. This one stop was the ENTIRE reason why we booked a private tour and not a bus, as the bus wouldn't have been able to take us to this location. He was extremely argumentative, and walked up the hill far beyond where my mother (aged 71) and I were. He offered no assistance, hand to balance, nothing. The good news is we did climb the mountain to see the view we wanted. However, there's no way we would have done so if our tour guide had had his way. It was an extremely disappointing

  • 25-Oct-2022

    This was an incredible tour. Having a private guide was well worth it and Michael knew all the places to go. It was fantastic to see places that aren’t included on the large group tours, like Maria’s mountain, the Do Re Mi mountain and the location of the final scene. Got some beautiful photos and Michael went to a lot of trouble to ensure that I saw many sights before the rain came. Thank you!

  • 20-Oct-2022

    "The Hills Are Alive" was the best tour we have ever had. Michael was our guide for the day. He was very knowledgeable of the movie, and provided us an experience far more than we ever expected. He took us to areas where the movie was filmed that I never thought we would be able to go see. It was a comprehensive tour of the Sound Of Music experience. Michael was able to fulfill my dream of being Julie Andrews for the day. We would recommend this your to anyone who really wants to truly experience the making of the SOM film. It is worth the cost to have your personal guide for the day and to not feel rushed. A truly awesome experience.

  • 08-Jul-2022

    This experience was worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY :) It was absolutely magical! This tour takes you to so many places that you would not get to see on a regular bus tour. Furthermore, Michael was a fantastic tour guide. During this experience, he was telling us that as a tour guide, he believes it's important to have empathy and to really listen to people......and this was something he truly embodied. He knew what we were interested in and he shaped the tour around us! He was also able to navigate/plan the tour around the rain so we were somehow able to see everything! We also enjoyed all the information, history, and recommendations he shared with us not only relating to the movie, but about Austria itself. So, this tour went beyond the Sound of Music and was a lovely introduction to Austria, especially as we visited so many beautiful places in the countryside that we wouldn't have been able to go to if not for this tour. So, do not hesitate to book this! We are so grateful for an unbelievable day and an experience of a lifetime that we will never forget!

  • 06-Jul-2022

    Michael was the best. He knew the movie inside out. Great tour very flexible and smart he way he worked around the weather. We saw many things that the bus tours can’t get . People that are Sound of Music fans are really missing out if they don’t take this tour.

  • 04-Apr-2022

    When setting up a private tour as a birthday gift for your best friend, its important to pick the right tour company and guide. We had the distinct pleasure of getting Mike as our guide on this tour and he was just a delight to spend the day seeing and learning more about the sites used for the Sound of Music movie. He knew the right spots to take us, played the movie soundtrack for us during the day, shared stories, and made the tour exactly what my friend had wanted for their birthday. He helped me make their dream come true of seeing not just movie locations, but the mountains and towns all around to get the full experience. Only thing missing was a helicopter ride over the hill like Julie Andrews at the beginning of the movie, lol. Also, Mike was so patient and accommodating when I had to take it slower than the rest of our group. It was the highlight of our trip and we will all be talking about it for years to come.

  • 09-Jan-2022

    Michael was the best guide we could have asked for. He made all of us comfortable immediately. Michael's van was very comfortable and he had a number of thoughtful touches (water for us all, music from the movie queued up as we approached the various landmarks.) He was friendly and explained Austrian history, the true family history beyond the musical, and interesting geographical info for the area. This was SO much more than just a tour based on the famous movie. Myself and three children (ages 21-14) enjoyed every single part of our day. Michael was willing to adapt the tour to our needs/wants or to plan it all. This tour was a bucketlist item for my children who grew up watching it on repeat, and would recommend this tour and guide to everyone! Michael made all of us feel like we had made a new friend. Thank you for giving us incredible memories!

  • 21-Jul-2019

    Three of us booked a full day private tour with Carlos for "The Sound of Music: The Hills Are Alive." Carlos picked us up at our hotel on time in a clean and nice vehicle. He took us to see a large number of "The Sound of Music" sites including the Mirabell Gardens, St. Peter's Archabbey cemetery, the historic center of Salzburg, the house and lake that served as the back of the house in the film, the building used as the front of the house in the film, the "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" gazebo, the church used in the wedding scene, numerous scenes from the "Do-Re-Mi" song montage including the bridge, along the river, and the picnic. If you want the full "Sound of Music" experience, I would recommend a private tour such as this over the standard four-hour coach bus tour. The large bus tours are not allowed onto the hill/mountain where the opening scene was filmed. Carlos was able to take us to the hill/mountain where the opening scene was filmed. The site is actually and ironically just over the border in Germany, and Carlos has a relationship with the farmer who owns this private land. Carlos also took us to where the final scene of the movie was filmed where the Von Trapp family is supposedly walking from Austria to Switzerland. A really gorgeous view from the top of this mountain. Carlos is extremely knowledgeable about the "The Sound of Music," and we learned a lot from him throughout the day. Even after years of doing "Sound of Music" tours, he is still enthusiastic about the film. At almost all of the sites, he shows you stills and/or clips from the film so you can see that you are in the location you see in the movie. The only complaint we had about the tour was the lunch. Carlos took us to an Italian restaurant in a small, quaint village. The staff was overwhelmed by the lunch crowd but did all right. When the bill came, Carlos looked at it and said how much he owed, meaning we needed to pay the rest. We picked up the tab, including his meal. But I would say that when you book a private tour such as this, lunch should be included. Otherwise, the information you receive when you book should indicate that lunch is not included. It wasn't as much about the price of the lunch, but what you expect when you book a private tour at this price point. Overall, a great day and a fun experience.

  • 26-Mar-2017

    What a wonderful spring day with Thomas and Carlos. The Sound of Music tour was great it brought the movie back to live and the guide was very knowledgeable on the history of the Von Trapp Family and melded it with the noche. If you need a Sound of Music tour in Salzburg book this one with VIATOR.

  • 26-Mar-2017

    What a wonderful spring day with Thomas and Carlos. The Sound of Music tour was great it brought the movie back to live and the guide was very knowledgeable on the history of the Von Trapp Family and melded it with the noche. If you need a Sound of Music tour in Salzburg book this one with VIATOR.