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The Austrian Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music
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The Austrian Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music

By: Bryan Hoban March 5, 2012
biking the road near austrian mountains

In 1965, a certain film was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning 5, including best picture. If you’re looking to restore your spirit while taking in panoramic views of lakes, mountains and landscapes you will recognize from a classic feature film, a European vacation to Austria might be just what you need. The Sound of Music remains a camp classic and the opportunity to visit Salzburg should definitely not be missed. In Salzburg, bewildered locals stare in disbelief as hordes of excitable foreign fans commence their camera frenzy soaking up everything to do with the film, Sound of Music.

They stare in disbelief partially because the story was never celebrated with the same fervour in Austria. True, the city offers a generous helping of film memorabilia with sites such as the Benedictine Convent of Nonnberg, Leopoldskron, which was used as the Von Trapp residence in the film and Frohnberg Palace, whose courtyard and frontage were used as backdrop. Why not go for broke and recreate a certain scene from that film while participating in cycling tours of the country? If you do, don’t forget to bring curtains from home though. Salzburg is about so much more than just this wonderful movie.

In this European country, look out for all things Wolfgang Amadeus. As the home of the child genius, Salzburg celebrates its most famous son continually. Mozart’s music is always being performed and is the perfect antidote to a more physical adventure holiday. You can even visit the house that Mozart spent years of his life in.

Don’t forget the backdrop of the towering Alps, which make a stunning backdrop to a European vacation. Alpine meadows, glaciers and even vineyards make this unassuming country ideal for fantastic family adventure vacations.

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