Fans around the world celebrate this year the 50th anniversary of 'The Sound of Music'. Originally released in 1965, the story of the former-nun-turned-governess for the children of a wealthy widower only to have their happy lives changed by the Nazi invasion into Austria has now become a cultural phenomenon.
If the film has captured your imagination and you are planning a holiday this summer to take in Austria's spectacular scenery, European activity holiday specialists UTracks and Sherpa Expeditions run a number of trips…
At handlebar level… Salzburg to Vienna Cycle
From Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg, to the Austrian capital, Vienna, the city where he achieved fame, cycle through Austria's spectacular landscapes and trace the legacies of one of the classical era's most influential composers (Mozart composed from the age of five and at 17 he was already engaged as a court musician). While in Salzburg, kick off your trip by visiting some of the stunning locations that featured in the much loved film such as Mondsee, famous for being the location of the church where the wedding scene takes place.
The 'adventure' option… Innsbruck to Salzburg Hike & Bike
High above the ski resorts of Innsbruck, the Austrian Alps lend themselves to mountain hiking whilst the valleys connecting alpine towns en route to the 'Sound of Music' town of Salzburg, where much of the movie was shot, are ideal for cycling. This 10-day trip combines both activities to ensure you get the most out of this scenic region, from hiking to one of the highest waterfalls in Europe and passing tiny ski villages to taking a guided tour of the Moserboden dam or visiting old salt mines and beer breweries.
Grab your hiking boots… The Austrian Lake District
Inspired by the film's mountain landscapes? Towering peaks, high mountain passes, alpine meadows and lakeside walks are all combined in the heart of Austria's Lake District, a surprisingly compact area that encompasses 76 crystal clear lakes, the impressive Dachstein Glacier and breathtaking rock faces up to 3,000 vertical metres high. Wander through mountain forests and alongside glimmering lakeland shores as you explore alpine villages of wooden chalets decorated with colourful window boxes.
New for families… Cycle Linz to Vienna
Recapture the romantic atmosphere of the classic film as you follow the winding route of the mighty Danube, cycling past castles, Benedictine monasteries and ancestral vineyards en route to grand Vienna. Over five days the dedicated cycle path takes you across the fertile plains of the picturesque Wachau Valley, where vineyards climb the slopes to imposing medieval monasteries perched atop the hills. This family friendly itinerary starts at Linz, where you can treat your children to a slice of Linzer torte, the oldest cake in the world – the first recipe dates from 1653!