In Salzburg? Werfen is worth a visit.
For fans of The Sound of Music, it may even be a must visit. Just a pleasant little 45-minute train ride out of Salzburg will get you there. The three main attractions would be Hohenwerfen Castle, Werfen Ice Caves and The Sound of Music Trail. We opted for the the castle and The Sound of Music trail. We decided against the ice caves as it required a ride up towards the trail, a cable car ride and entrance fee. Also, they don’t allow photos! So, even if we went, I’d have nothing to show you anyway. From the train stop, you can walk to either of the other attractions in about 20-30 minutes. It’s worth the walk as the entire area is beautiful and you can experience some of Austria outside of the larger cities.
The Sound of Music meadow
If you look to the right of the above photo, you’ll see a gated area. That is a little monument to The Sound of Music along with a few benches to sit and enjoy the view. The actual filming location is a bit higher up the meadow, but along a farmer’s land that wasn’t happy with tourists visiting so often. Respect their privacy and visit the gated area instead! You’ll immediately recognize the mountain backdrop from the Do-Re-Mi picnic scene.A few of the cows came up to the gate to greet us. They enjoyed eating grass from our hands and allowed us to pet them.
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Hope you enjoyed the photos of our little adventure outside of Salzburg. If you’re ever in Salzburg with half a day to spend, we’d definitely recommend a trip out to Werfen.
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