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19. Leopoldskron Castle

The Leopoldskron Castle (crown of Leopold) is the most beautiful rococo building in Salzburg region. It was built in 1731 by Archbishop Leopold baron/count Firmian as a residence for his family. After 1837 the Family Firmian sold the estate and the building changed owners many times.

Even the former King of Bavaria King Ludwig I can be found under the list of owners. Max Reinhard (famous Austrian writer) bought it in 1918. He renovated it, because it was in quite bad condition. During WW II he had to emigrate to the USA, because he was an Austrian Jew. He also died in the USA. In 1947 his widow Helene Thimig gave it to three Harvard students to use it as a seminar place.

Since 1958, Leopoldskron Castle has been owned by the “Salzburg Seminar in American Studies”. Since 1989 it is mainly used for seminars. The lake around the castle is artificial. In wintertime you can ice-skate on it.

The rear view of the building was used for the Trapp Family home in the movie “The sound of music”.


Leopoldskron Castle

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