On Wednesday I was in heaven. We did the Sound of Music Tour with Panorama Tours – I got to see all the famous places from the movie, listen to the music from Sound of Music and sing all day! We visited
Mirabell Garden where the song “Do-Re-Mi” was filmed.
Salzburg Lake District Area . This was where many panorama shots were taken during the film.
Mondsee – Wedding Chapel. In Mondsee you see the famous church, where the wedding of Maria and Baron von Trapp was filmed ( I didn’t feel right taking a photo in a church).
We also saw the real Von Trappe family home.
And here is my favorite song from the movie:
On Thursday we drove from Salzburg to The Schloss Elmau via The Eagle’s Nest.
The Eagle’s Nest was a symbol of the power of the Nazi regime even though decisions were made at the Eagle’s Nest, it still stands for the insanity of his regime. It stands for Hitler’s world on the Obersalzberg, where plans for war and mass murder were formed.
The Eagle’s Nest was a present to Hitler from the political party, who, without any free will surrendered to the man who was going to bring down the world. In defiance, the building stands perched over a sheer rock wall. A road was cut into the mountain through the previously impassable terrain. Although an architectural master piece, it was still an act of waste on nature and other resources. To reach it, there is a golden brass elevator buried in the heart of the mountain, through which one can reach “the summit of power” – all this is created with the sole purpose to impress and dazzle people.
The building became a legend in the postwar period, and apparently its use of the Eagler’s Nest was seen as essential as a visual motif in popular US war films and serials. This building is one of the few undamaged monuments of the Hilter era which has resulted in giving it a prominence that it does not perhaps deserve though it might seem to provoke.
Berchtesgaden has out lasted its political importance. It can however not be forgotten that the Eagle’s Nest was a part of an idyllic setting that was intended to deceive all the horrors of those years. Today however it still offers a magnificent and unique view of the surrounding countryside and also the opportunity to remember and learn about the inhuman dictatorship it served.
The Eagle’s Nest was originally designed by Martin Bormann as a birthday present for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday on behalf of the NSDAP (Nazi Party). In fact, Hitler seldom visited the Eagle’s Nest.
In the end, Allied bombing at the end of World War II did not damage the Eagle’s Nest and thanks to the intervention of former Governor Jacob, the Eagle’s Nest was spared being blown up after the war.
Today the Eagle’s Nest remains in its original state. In 1960, on the occasion of the 150th celebration Berchtesgaden’s incorporation into Bavaria, the Bavarian government relinquished its control of the building to a trust that ensures that the proceeds are used for charitable purposes.Information courtesy of http://www.kehlsteinhaus.de/en/geschichte.php?navid=3.
We are now at Schloss Elmau and I have decided I am not coming home or moving from our hotel for the next few days……. Until next time