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Austria’s Musical Odyssey

March 26, 2015 By: Austrian Tourist Office

The Great Hall at Mozarteum Salzburg. © Christian Schneider

The Great Hall at Mozarteum Salzburg.
© Christian Schneider.

AUSTRIA is and always has been a center for musical expression.

Any visit to the country today should include exploring the sounds of its heritage and culture, whether it’s at museums that pay homage to the classical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, within the beauty of the Vienna State Opera, or at the sites seen in one of the most popular musicals of all time, “The Sound of Music”.

A Legendary Family

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the movie “The Sound of Music”, the film about the Austrian singing von Trapp family. Salzburg is celebrating with “The Sound of Music” gala event on Oct. 17, 2015 at the historic theater Felsenreitschule—where the von Trapp family performed their farewell song in the movie. In addition to selections from the musical itself, it will also feature appearances by guests whose lives have been shaped in some way by “The Sound of Music”.

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Enjoy the “Sound of Salzburg” candlelight dinner show anytime you visit Salzburg in 2015. You can also take the popular “The Sound of Music” tour to visit such original film locations as Leopoldskron Palace (where the family lived in the film), Nonnberg Convent (where Maria lived as a young novice), and Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus Fountain (where the “Do-Re-Mi” scene with Maria and the children too place.)

A Musical Genius

A wonderful way to appreciate Mozart while in Austria is to visit the museums dedicated to his life. He lived in 14 apartments in Vienna, but the Mozarthaus Vienna is where he stayed the longest and is said to have composed the most. The museum explores Mozart’s music and the man himself. In Salzburg, you can walk in Mozart’s footsteps where The Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg runs two of Salzburg's most important historic sites: Mozart’s Birthplace, the house in which Mozart was born; and the Mozart Residence, his childhood home. Concerts from September to June by the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg are among the opportunities to bring the composer’s work to life while visiting the country.

A Magnificent Musical Home

The world-renowned Vienna State Opera is awe-inspiring for both its historic architecture as well as for its incredible performances and luckily visitors can enjoy both. Guided tours of the 1869 building, which was reopened in 1955 following devastation in World War II, include the entrance foyer, grand staircase, tea salon, marble hall, Schwind foyer, Gustav Mahler room and the auditorium with a view of the stage. With performance 300 nights a year, Vienna State Opera offers multiple chances to enjoy different operas during your stay. In April, May, June and September, approximately 150 opera and ballet performances are screened live and for free on the Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz in front of the opera building on an over 500-square-foot screen.

This article is brought to you by the Austrian Tourism Board, and was produced in partnership with Travel Agent Central’s sales team. Travel Agent Central’s editorial team played no part in developing the article.


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