The 25 Movies That Literally Moved Us

As you watched, you thought, 'Someday I'm going to go there'. Now you can

1. The Sound of Music, Salzburg, Austria , 1965

They're a pair of classics, inextricably tied together for three generations and counting. Salzburg and The Sound of Music are so strongly associated with each other that the fact that Mozart was born in town is an afterthought for many visitors. (Mozart!) The film created a charming vision not only of Salzburg but of the entire Alps region, inspiring countless travelers to find out just how alive those hills really are. Featuring a radiant young Julie Andrews, seven adorable kids, a hunky captain (Christopher Plummer) who refuses to bow to the Nazis, and sing-along standards such as "Do-Re-Mi" and "Edelweiss," the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is truly one of our favorite things. Nearly all exteriors were filmed in and around the gorgeous baroque city, with its old-world blend of castles, gardens, cathedrals, and open squares. It's enough to make you want to break into song. Your Turn: Salzburg Panorama Tours (011-43/6628-83211, panoramatours.com, $41) carts tourists around in a bus, and Bob's Specia Tours (011-43/6628-49511, bobstours.com, $43) uses a van, but both blast the movie's soundtrack and invite everyone to sing while visiting Mirabell Gardens (where Maria and the kids frolic during "Do-Re-Mi") and Mondsee Cathedral (site of the wedding). As an alternative to a tour, many of the locations-Mirabell Gardens, Residence Square (where Maria sings "I Have Confidence," with the Hohensalzburg Fortress high on a hill above), St. Peter's Cemetery (where the family hides from the Nazis)-are easy to find on foot in Salzburg's old town. Most Austrians haven't seen The Sound of Music, and those who have chuckle at the liberties Hollywood took. For something more authentic but still related to the film, watch a puppet show at the Salzburg Marionette Theatre (Schwarzstrasse 24, 011-43/6628-72406, marionetten.at, $17-$43) or ride a cable car to the top of Untersberg, the dramatic peak at 6-7000, trappfamily.com, doubles from $198, carriage ride $5).

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