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The Sounds of Music - Die Klänge der Musik – Germany & Austria

Spring 2023


The hills truly do come alive on this delightful exploration of four alpine regions connected by language, history, and culture. Experience it all, from Amadeus Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg Munich’s world famous Hofbrauhaus—one of Europe’s oldest beer halls to a cable car ride into the Alps. Connect with locals on visits to bustling cities of Munich, Innsruck, Salzburg, Vienna, and picturesque mountain villages.  Amongst other highlights, you will visit Dachau concentration camp, Schönbrunn Palace where Marie Antoinette spent her childhood, as well as many of the sites from the Sound of Music movie.

Students interested in the Sounds of Music trip to Germany and Austria can register for the class (IS200 with Dr. Hill) any time after registration begins in March 2022.  Students are advised to register early as popular trips fill up quickly.

Group Leader:  Dr. Chip Hill

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Sightseeing: Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, The Sound of Music tour, Vienna
Entrances: Dachau, Schönbrunn Palace, Nordkette cable car, Mozart's Birthplace, Concert in Salzburg,
Overnights: Vienna State Opera House and Opera Museum, Hofburg Palace, Concert in Vienna (2), Mozarthaus Munich (2), Innsbruck (2), Salzburg (1), Vienna (3)

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Germany

Board your overnight flight to Munich!

























Day 2: Munich

Arrive in Munich

This center of culture boasts over 45 museums, 10 university buildings and two opera houses.

Walking tour of Munich

Your introduction to Munich begins with a Tour Director-led walking tour. You might stop in front of the iconic Hofbräuhaus or walk through the local Viktualienmarkt, a daily food market in the heart of the city!

Dinner at the Hofbrauhaus

The original Hofbrauhaus was built in the 16th-century by the Bavarian Duke, Wilhelm V. Enjoy dinner at this historic beerhall.

Day 3: Munich

Guided sightseeing of Munich

Hop on the bus where your guided tour takes you past the Olympic Stadium, the Residenz, the Deutsches Museum, and the Alte Pinakothek art museum. Your tour concludes at Marienplatz, the city’s main square and medieval heart since 1158. Here you’ll see the city’s famed Glockenspiel-an ornate clock complete with bells and life size figures.

Visit Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial site

Once merely another sleepy German village, Dachau has since 1933 gained notoriety as Germany’s first Nazi concentration camp. Today, the old administration building houses a museum documenting the rise of Hitler and the horrors of camp life.

Day 4: Munich | Innsbruck

Travel to Innsbruck

Your motor coach winds its way below rugged, snow-capped mountains as you arrive at your hotel in the spectacular Austrian province of Tyrol.

Walking tour of Innsbruck

Join your Tour Director for an orientation to the beautiful city of Innsbruck.





















Day 5: Innsbruck

Guided sightseeing of Innsbruck 

Begin your tour near the railway station and head towards the wonderful summer residence of the Habsburgs. From here continue into the main square where you will see the famous Golden roof as well as wonderful views of the Tyrolian mountains in the distance. Your walk ends near the beautiful St. Anna’s column on Maria-Theresien Strasse.

Nordkette cable car

Enjoy a round-trip journey from the center of Innsbruck straight to the mountains. Arrive at the 1905-meter high Seegrube. Once you get there you can enjoy a great panorama of the Alps.

Day 6: Innsbruck | Salzburg

Travel to Salzburg

Welcome to Salzburg - famed for its alpine views, chocolate production, stylish architecture and being the setting for The Sound of Music. One of Austria's most charming and accessible cities awaits you.

Guided sightseeing of Salzburg

Welcome to Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the Alps. Here you will visit Mozart’s birthplace before venturing into the heart of the city, much of which was designed during the 16th century. Your walk will take you to see the imposing and beautiful Domplatz as well as striking examples of Gothic churches, most notably the Franziskanerkirche.

Enjoy dinner and a concert at Hohensalzburg Fortress

Ascend the railway to Hohensalzburg Fortress and find breathtaking sights and sounds with dinner and a concert this evening. Enjoy the works of Mozart in one of the state rooms of the fortress after dinner with panoramic views of the city.














































Day 7: Salzburg

Travel to Vienna

Vienna has long played a central role in the changing face of Europe and has adapted many times to war, revolution, siege, and the rise and fall of empires.

Guided sightseeing of Vienna

Your expertly guided tour takes you down the Ringstrasse, a series of wide boulevards commissioned by Emperor Franz Josef in 1857. Ride past the flower-adorned Rathaus (Town Hall), and the Hofburg, where the powerful Habsburg dynasty ruled until 1918, before visiting Schrönbrunn Palace.

Visit the Schönbrunn Palace

You’ll visit the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace, where Marie Antoinette spent her childhood. After viewing the elegant interior, stroll through the palace’s beautifully landscaped gardens.

Day 8: Vienna

The Sound of Music sightseeing 

Who can forget Salzburg in The Sound of Music? Today, enjoy a guided sightseeing of Salzburg’s most famous sights from this classic movie. Try to identify scenes from the film as you pass Salzburg landmarks such as the Mirabell Gardens, the Domplatz, and the Residenz Fountain.

Visit the Mozarthaus 

Step back into the world of Mozart as you explore his only surviving residence in Vienna. Here he penned some of his most famous works and spent some of his happiest times. A highly interactive and thematic museum, Mozarthaus is a fantastic introduction into his life, works and the times in which he lived.

Attend an evening concert 

Enjoy an evening of music in one of the many concert halls of Vienna, the capital of classical music.

Day 9: Vienna

Tour the Vienna State Opera House

Completed in 1869 in the Neo-Renaissance style, Vienna's State Opera House was the city's first opera house and one of the first great monuments to adorn Vienna's new Ring Boulevard.

Visit Hofburg Palace

Enjoy a chance to wander through the former winter palace of the ruling Habsburg family, which is renowned for its impressive courtyards and majestic fountains.

Attend an evening concert

Enjoy an evening of music in one of the many concert halls of Vienna, the capital of classical music.

Day 10: Depart for home

Transfer to the Vienna airport for your return flight.

Your Tour Director assists with your transfer to the airport, where you’ll check in for your return flight home.