|the beautiful ceiling the lobby|
The Festpielhaus only holds a tour of the theaters 3 times a day so it was impertinent that we made it to the building by 2PM for that tour. Our group was small, only 6 of us which was very nice and the guide was very informative about the entire complex. Being a theater nerd, I loved being able to stand on the stage amongst the large sets they had for one of the Operas and see how it all operated. Really cool.
And standing in the outdoor complex where they shot the festival portion of The Sound of Music wasn't too bad either. Once the tour was complete, I ran around the side of the building to see the exit and roadway that Herr Zeller drives up on to deliver Max a message about the Captain not replying to his summons. In 45 years it really hadn't changed whatsoever.
The day was slowly coming to an end, but we still had a couple more Sound of Music stops before heading to Vienna. On our way to the Monschberg Elevator was the Pferdeschwemme, a very old royal trough built in 1695 where prize horses were watered and cared for. Since this fountain was also covered, it dawned that it must be a winter custom to protect the fountains in winter, and it wasn't just because of the Christmas Markets in the Residenzplatz that the other fountains were also covered. Surrounding this horse fountain are large, gorgeous frescoes of prize horses. The Pferdeschwemme was used as a shooting location in The Sound of Music in the sequence leading up to Do-Re-Mi when Maria and the children are discovering Salzburg for the first time together.
|reall crowded shopping street|
|one last image of Mirabell Gardens|