Nonnberg Abbey

High above the rooftops of Salzburg, on the side of the Mönchsberg is Nonnberg Abbey, the oldest convent in the German speaking world. It was made famous as the nunnery where Maria von Kutschera lived as a postulant before marrying Captain Georg von Trapp and giving inspiration to The Sound of Music.

The Benedictine convent was founded in the 700s by St. Rupert who gave control to his sister, St. Erentrudis. As with most of the churches in Salzburg, the church and abbey was burned down several times and went under extensive remodelling over the centuries. Today’s abbey was built in the 16th century although updates were made in the Baroque style at the end of the 19th century. Some of its greatest treasures are the Romanesque frescos.

Fraulein Maria Says

While filming wasn’t permitted inside the Abbey, several scenes of The Sound of Music were filmed just outside. They include Maria leaving the abbey as she begins to sing ‘I have Confidence’, the children coming to look for Maria after she mysteriously leaves without saying goodbye and the escape scene with the cars at the very end of the movie.

The real Maria and Captain von Trapp got married in the Abbey church in 1927. As you can see, the church is much smaller and not nearly as grand as the Mondsee church used in the movie.

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Fun Fact

The real life voice behind Deborah Kerr’s singing in‘The King and I’ and also for Audrey Hepburn in ‘My Fair Lady’ was Marni Nixon. But she had successfully eluded recognition and had never been seen in a movie until she got to play Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music.

Opening Hours:

The church is open from 7.00am until dusk (or 7.00pm in summer).

There is no charge to enter the church but you will need a 50c coin to switch on the lights at the altar.

 

 

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