Schloss Leopoldskron

Schloss Leopoldskron is a beautiful rococo palace about a 15 minute walk from Salzburg Old Town and set on a very picturesque lake. Made famous in The Sound of Music, this palace has hosted the great and good over the years including Winston Churchill, Kofi Annan, Hillary Clinton, Prince Charles and even Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Built in 1736 as a family home by Prince Archbishop Firmian, the house passed to his nephew on his death. After the decline in the fortunes of the Archbishops in the early 1800s, the palace fell into disrepair.

King Ludwig 1 of Bavaria took over the palace as his residence in 1848 after he was forced to abdicate. It was purchased by Max Reinhardt, the famous director and co-founder of the Salzburg Festspiele in 1918. He lived and worked there for the next 20 years, staging many productions and hosting countless balls during the festivals. He was forced to flee Austria in 1938 however due to his Jewish heritage.

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Fun Fact

Archbishop Firmian was a firm Counter-Reformationist and in 1731 issued an ultimatum that all Protestants in Salzburg either renounce their faith or leave forever. Almost 20,000 people reaffirmed their Protestant beliefs and left the city, welcomed with open arms into Prussia and causing real damage to the Salzburg economy.

The palace today is an exclusive hotel and has been home to the Salzburg Seminar since 1947, an NGO dedicated to challenging current and future world leaders to solve issues of global concern. It’s not open to the general public and unfortunately can only be visited if you stay at the hotel or are invited to a function.

Not to worry though, the well known views of the castle are best taken in from the path across the pond which is easily accessible.

There is a really good open air public swimming pool adjacent to the Schloss where you can cool off and relax for a while on a hot summer day.

Fraulein Maria Says

The terrace to the rear of the palace was used in many scenes of The Sound of Music and this is the lake into which the children fell in their ‘play clothes’.

The gazebo in which Liesl and Rolf dance and sing, and in which the Captain and Maria had their first kiss, was also originally placed just beside the palace. It was left there after the cast and crew moved on, but had to be moved to Schloss Hellbrunn after it became a real annoyance to those working at the palace, with fans trespassing on the grounds in their attempts to re-enact and scenes.

Now we really hate to do this to you – and if you stop reading here then you won’t be disappointed, but seeing as you came all the way to Leopoldskron, where the Captain sang to Maria, we feel you’ve earned the right to know. Christopher Plummer never actually sang in The Sound of Music. He did have a good singing voice, indeed a very fine voice. But it was felt that his own voice wouldn’t do the movie justice given the quality of Julie Andrews’ voice. The Captain’s songs were all sung by Bill Lee, a singer who also featured in Mary Poppins and in many Disney movies.

Opening Hours and How To Get There:

The Schloss is not open to the public, but you could stay at the hotel – Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron (weblink here) . The park in which it is located though is open at all times.

You can easily walk to Schloss Leopoldskron in about 20 minutes, or, alternatively, from the city centre you can take the following buses:

Bus No 21 from Hanusch Platz to Nussdorfer Strasse (7 stops) and then a 10 minute walk.
Bus No 5 from Makartplatz to Erzabt-Klotz Strasse (5 stops) and then a 15 minute walk.
Bus No 22 from Hanusch Platz to Gorianstrasse (5 stops) and then a 10 minute walk.
Bus No 1 from Hanusch Platz to Moosstrasse (4 stops) and then a 15 minute walk.

All of the above buses run every 8 to 10 minutes during the day.

You could also hire a bicycle and start a bike tour of Salzburg. Schloss Leopoldskron, Schloss Hellbrunn and Schloss Frohnburg are all easily accessible by relatively short bicycle rides.

From The Twitterverse

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