Filming location in The Sound of Music

Filming Location
Entrance and Courtyard of the Abbey

The iconic scenes from “The Sound of Music” where Maria leaves the abbey or when the Trapp children come searching for her were filmed in Salzburg, Austria. One can feel the charm of the city and the history of the abbey while watching these moments unfold on the screen.

“When the Lord closes the door, somewhere he opens a window”


Where did they film the Courtyard of the Abbey Scenes?

The filming scenes containing the entrance and courtyard of the abbey are captured at the Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg, Austria. The scenes at the iron gate when Maria steps out of the monastery to the street are filmed on the south side of the Nonnberg monastery. The scenes from the courtyard, when Maria stands in front of the cross and delivers the above line, are filmed on the inner side of the iron gate. This courtyard can be accessed freely a few feet to the east of the gate. For the exact map location, click the map pointer icon in the navigation area at the top.

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The Scene filmed at Residenzplatz Square:

In the scene from “The Sound of Music,” Maria (Julie Andrews), filled with excitement and trepidation, sings “I Have Confidence” as she leaves the abbey to become a governess. Arriving at Salzburg’s Residence Fountain, she dances around it, playfully swinging her guitar case. Her exuberance shines through as she heads towards the von Trapp mansion, her voice resonating with self-assurance, capturing the city’s old-world charm.

Maria (Julie Andrews), leaves the her Abbey to become the governess for the Trapp children. The camera captures her as she steps out of the iron gate of the monastery onto the streets of Salzburg. Filled with mixed emotions, she pauses in the courtyard and stands in front of a cross, reflecting on the new path she is about to take. It’s at this moment she utters the profound line, “When the Lord closes the door, somewhere he opens a window,” symbolizing her faith and optimism for the future.

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