This mansion is one of two where many of the Sound of Music (SOM) outdoors scenes were shot. Perhaps you can remember some of those scenes. However, all the interior scenes were shot on Hollywood sets.
I never found out who these people were, but they seemed to be coming to see the same view of the "Von Trapp Mansion" across the lake.
Hellbrun Castle, built in 1610 by the Prince-Archibishop of Austria, has nothing to do with SOM ...except that it now features the SOM gazebo.
This is the gazebo featured in the "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" scene in SOM. It was moved from its original place to the grounds of Hellbrun Castle where access could be controlled better; that was because tourists kept reenacting the scene of dancing around on top of the benches and falling to injure themselves!
Our bus driver arranged for a surprise birthday party for our guide when we pulled into a restaurant in the middle of our tour. Not understanding Austrian, I think I missed something here.
Austrian pastries, including the long, curved apple strudel under powdered sugar, available at our eating stop on the SOM tour.
Rain came and went all day during our tour. This multi-image panorama looks out to the lake called Mondsee. On the other side of the lake we will visit the church in the town of Mond in which the real Von Trapps were actually married.
Main street in the town of Mond on the Mondsee.
This is the church in which the real Von Trapps were actually married.
Inside the church ...
The altar ...
The organ ...
A 4-image (stacked vertically) panorama capture to get a wider look at the church interior.
An actual wedding was about to happen in this church. I like the reflection of the church in the car's hood.
Austrian wedding guests ...
In a shop in Mond we bought some seeds for Edelweiss flowers, but upon our return to the US the agricultural agents at LAX took them away from us! By the way, contrary to popular belief, the song "Edelweiss" is not a cherished Austrain folk tune or national anthem. Rather, like all the SOM music, it was composed by Rogers and Hammerstein.
As an extra stop on our SOM tour, we got a chance got do a run down a luge course. Here our guide shows us how to control the speed of the sled.
Looking down the luge track as I am being hauled up, backwards, to the top.
There ... you can just see my shoes at the bottom of the photo.
The first curve starting down the luge track. After this point I was too busy handling the sled to take any more photos during the run.
But, Teddie did get a shot of me in action near the bottom of the track.
That evening we attended a "Mozart Dinner Concert". Our two singers were accompanied by a string quintet, and they had fantastic voices that filled the hall. Teddie had arranged for us to have front row tables. For some reason the lady singer chose me to be the object of her love songs! Even discounting this most enjoyable personal interaction, the whole concert was a major highlight of our whole trip! Very high quality music, up close and personal in a small hall with about 100 dinner guests.
Now we tour, on our own, the area of Salzburg to the north of the Salzbach River. This Pegasus is in Mirabell Gardens, and was also involved in one of the SOM movie scenes.