If you are looking for some excitement while touring Europe, you can find plenty of fun things to do in Salzburg, Austria. Famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here, and the city still remains a top cultural and arts capital to this day. While taking Salzburg tours, you can also see lovely waterways and cobblestone streets lined with vintage shops in many places throughout the city.…
Things to do in Salzburg
A short drive from the city takes you across the border to neighboring Germany. The Bavarian Alps are renowned for their natural beauty, and the lake of Königssee is not an exception. Hidden among towering peaks and surrounded by lush pine forests, this crystal-clear body of water is a feast for the eyes and a magical spot for some photos.
Once refreshed by mountain air, continue to Berchtesgaden. This postcard-perfect town is among the most scenic in the whole of Europe. Nestled at the feet of high peaks reaching to 6,500 feet (2,000 m), it is home to an immaculately preserved center and a former royal palace.
You also have some leisure time to soak up the idyllic atmosphere as you browse delightful shops or relax on the terrace of a local café.
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Whether you are visiting Salzburg for the first time or have only a short time at hand, this is an ideal tour to get your bearings and see some of the major sights from the comfort of your coach. Hear about the city's rich historical and cultural heritage as well as its exciting present from a local guide, whose intriguing stories bring the place alive.
As an additional benefit, a day ticket valid on Salzburg city buses (lines 1–28) is also thrown in, should you want to explore more at your own leisure.
Make sure you don't miss out on the following sights along the tour route:
- Mirabell Gardens
- Mozarteum Music Academy
- Marionette Theater
- Landestheater (Regional Theater)
- Markart Square
- Mozart's Birthplace
- St. Blaise's Church
- Horse Pond
- Festival Halls
- Hohensalzburg Castle
- Nonnberg Abbey
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The UNESCO-listed center of Salzburg is undoubtedly 1 of the most photogenic in Europe. This gem of a city oozes charm. Explore with a local guide and hear stories that bring its history to life. Your morning starts with the 17th-century grandeur of Mirabell Palace and its beautifully landscaped gardens.
Your route, together with some of the major sights of the Old Town, includes such landmarks as the Mozarteum, 1 of the most prestigious music academies in the world, the former residence of the famous composer Mozart, and the mighty Church of the Holy Trinity. Make sure not to miss Hellbrunn Palace, Nonnberg Abbey, and the Festival Halls either.
After a short break, cross the Salzach river and head to the verdant Alpine landscapes of the Salzkammergut region for the afternoon. Deep blue lakes are surrounded by forested mountain peaks, creating a picture-perfect, rural idyll. Visit the enchanting villages of St. Gilgen and St. Wolfgang and pass by the 14th-century Hüttenstein Castle. Be sure to admire the scenic beauty of Mondsee, made famous by Ian Flemming in 1 of his James Bond novels. Read More close
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5 hours 30 minutes
Remarkable scores and intriguing history come together on a scenic trip following the footsteps of the von Trapp family. See the Mirabell Palace gardens—the setting for the “Do-Re-Mi” song—and the gazebo within Hellbrunn Palace. Tour the set of Rolf and Liesl's duet, the historic Nonnberg Abbey, and the enchanting village of St. Gilgen on the lakeshores of Wolfgangsee, used to film the movie's opening scene. Also included are the idyllic Leopoldskorn Palace and the church at the waters of Mondsee, where the wedding scene took place.
In the afternoon, ride to the mountains outside Salzburg and don protective miner’s clothing. Strike a photograph in your authentic outfit and head into the depths as you descend into mineshafts aboard an electric train.
Learn from an expert guide about the fascinating history of salt mining in the Alps as you wind through a maze of branching channels. At the train’s ending point, disembark and slide down wooden ramps that take you even deeper. Before your tour ends, hop on a raft and marvel at the cave system as you peacefully glide on an otherworldly subterranean lake. Read More close
Leaving Salzburg behind, head through the countryside of southern Germany. Admire the fairytale landscape before stopping at Obersalzberg, a mountainside retreat first used by 19th-century intellectuals and industrialists and later by senior officials of the Third Reich.
Listen as your guide describes the key role this region played during World War II before embarking on a specialized bus to the Eagle's Nest. After a gravity-defying bus trip and a speedy lift ride, you reach the mountain's summit, 6,017 feet (1,834 m) in the air.
Presented to Hitler as a gift on his 50th birthday, the Eagle's Nest was used as a conference center and then as an Allied command post after World War II. Explore the old conference room, dining area, and small tea room, and take in the stunning view from the terraces.
Once refreshed by the mountain air, continue to Berchtesgaden—a postcard-perfect town considered among the most scenic towns in Europe—before making your way back to Salzburg.
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Visit major sights from the comfort of your coach, and hear about Salzburg’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Cruise by the bustling Old Market Square, the Baroque stylings of Trinity Church, and the meandering path of the Salzach river. Along the way, your guide shows you points of interest and presents the city’s intriguing narrative.
As an additional benefit, enjoy the freedom of a Salzburg Card. Included with your tour, this pass allows you unlimited access to a wide variety of attractions and museums, as well as the city’s public transportation network. It even offers discounts at area restaurants and shops, perfect for grabbing that must-have souvenir or a bite to eat between the sites. Read More close
Drive past verdant fields, picturesque settlements, and the towering, 8,200-foot (2,500-m) peaks of Hoher Dachstein, blanketed in massive glaciers. Arrive in Hallstatt, an enchanted place of extraordinary beauty, where pastel-colored houses cast flickering reflections on the glassy, tranquil lake, surrounded by the mighty Alps on all sides.
Walk with a professional guide through narrow alleys and make a stop at the 12th-century Beinhaus—or Bone House—home to over 1,200 human skulls. Due to the lack of space in this mountainous terrain, it used to serve as the local cemetery. Sip some coffee on a terrace near the water, or simply soak up the relaxed atmosphere as you wander at your own pace.
Move on to the elegant spa town of Bad Ischl, the former summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Explore landscaped parks, try delicious local pastries, or make a visit to the museum dedicated to Franz Lehár, the famous composer who once resided here. Read More close
Once ruled by wealthy archbishops who lavished art and architecture on the city, Salzburg's charm is simply irresistible. Mighty Baroque churches and opulent palaces line the enchanting squares and perfectly manicured parks.
Take a stroll with a local guide and listen to anecdotes that bring the city alive. Visit the birthplace of Mozart and the cobbled streets in the picturesque Old Town, and get insider tips on where to find the tastiest local delicacy, the Mozartkugel.
Marvel at the impressive beauty of the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral and the ancient Benedictine monastery of St. Peter's Abbey, dating back to the 7th century—1 of the oldest monasteries in the German-speaking world. Admire the grandeur of Mirabell Palace, and the intricate artworks of its fountain displays in the beautifully landscaped gardens. Read More close
With the freedom to move at your own pace, you can stroll through the UNESCO-listed Old Town and stop at the city's world-famous attractions, tourist areas, and inviting neighborhoods. Listen to anecdotes about Salzburg's past, present, and future and get insider tips about where to shop, dine, or dance the night away.
Whether you choose the 1- or the 2-day hop-on hop-off pass, tour route stops include the Mirabellplatz, Mozartsteg bridge, Leopoldskron Palace, the Regional Theater, and many other attractions. Read More close
This gem of a theater, with interiors that conjure old-world elegance, has been successfully entertaining audiences for more than 100 years. Marvel as skillfully animated puppets give the illusion of life-sized performers and let the show take you on a mesmerizing journey of classical music, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Staging in the Marionette Theater is on par with real operas—the venue is famous for its perfect artistic composition and attention to every detail, including lovingly precise costume and visual design. Subtitles are available on individual screens at every seat.
You have a choice of 3 different seat categories suitable to all budgets. These are Category 1, in rows 1-9; Category 2, in rows 10-14; and Category 3, in rows 15-20. Read More close
Salzburg is a jewel of European art and history. Its former rulers—wealthy bishops of the Catholic Church—supported many painters and musicians, lavishing culture on the city. The city's most famous son is undoubtedly Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose sublime masterpieces are still renowned and popular worldwide.
Enter another world set in a beautiful baroque dining room and concert hall. An orchestra of professional musicians and opera singers entertains you with live performances from The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute, among other well-known compositions.
During the intervals, taste 3 courses of authentic dishes based on 18th-century recipes. Courses include—but are not limited to—cream soup with Salzburg bread; breast of roasted capon on truffle cream of sage sauce, served with polenta, stuffed pears, and vegetables; and honey parfait with 2 different fruit sauces. Read More close
Your photographer captures portrait- and documentary-style moments that reflect your personal style and uses creative and professional talents to make you and your group look truly amazing.
Photo sessions are held in some of the most picturesque neighborhoods and you can suggest your own location(s) if you prefer. You receive your beautifully retouched images in a shareable gallery within a week of your experience. Read More close
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Admire the Baroque elegance of Hellbrunn Palace, a former bishop's residence, as you drive out of town on your way to an exhilarating experience at Hallein Salt Mine. Put on protective clothing upon arrival, and strike a pose for a photograph in your miner's outfit before you start your journey into the unknown.
Get inside the mountain and descend into the mineshafts aboard an electric train. Learn about the fascinating history of salt mining in the Alps from an expert guide as you go through the maze of branching channels.
Continue the adventure with a slide that takes you deeper beneath the surface of the ground. Hop on a raft and marvel at the cave system as you peacefully glide on an otherworldly subterranean lake. Read More close
Salzburg is an Alpine gem of a city with a colorful mosaic of graceful domes, the imposing cliff-top fortress, and the mountains beyond. Discover the UNESCO-listed Old Town and the surrounding areas at your own pace. Visit the birthplace of Mozart, admire the baroque beauty of the Cathedral and its treasury, and enjoy a ride on the cable car to Hohensalzburg to take in spectacular views of the city and the Alps.
Access the city's public transportation network for the duration of your pass. Read through the included information guide to find insider information about shopping and entertainment options. Locate restaurants and places to shop for discounted souvenirs with the help of the enclosed map. Read More close
Postcard-perfect scenery waits to be discovered outside of Salzburg. The towering peaks of the Alps meet with crystal-clear lakes whose shores are dotted with enchanting villages. Enjoy the panorama from the comfort of your coach as you drive through Fuschl am See on your way to St. Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart’s mother.
Continue to St. Wolfgang, an old market town and charming holiday resort. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere in the pretty alleys and visit the local church famous for its 15th-century altar. Hop on a scenic cruise on Wolfgangsee (May–October), or enjoy a traditional pastry and coffee in a local establishment (November–April).
Travel on to Hüttenstein Castle, hidden among lush greenery on the shores of Krottensee lake, and stop at Mondsee, which was featured in The Sound of Music movie. This is the perfect spot to take holiday snaps of breathtaking vistas. Read More close
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Trace the history of one of the best-recognized songs of all time and visit the quaint area where "Silent Night" originated. This enchanting town is beautifully lit up to create an ambiance of winter wonder—a fitting backdrop for this relaxed tour on Christmas Eve.
See Austria's oldest school in Arnsdorf village. The school's headmaster, Franz Xaver Gruber, composed the famous melody. Continue to Oberndorf, a riverside village bursting with charm; this is where "Silent Night" was first performed in 1818. Here you also visit the Silent Night Chapel and Museum. Enjoy advent music in the comfort of your coach and immerse yourself in the festive spirit. Read More close
Music, history, and Hollywood come together on this leisurely tour themed after the world-famous film, The Sound of Music. Let an expert guide introduce you to the intriguing background of the von Trapps as you visit film sites and real life settings in picturesque Salzburg and the Salzkammergut region.
Your stops—with plenty of photo opportunities—include the Mirabell Gardens, the setting for the "Do-Re-Mi" song, the gazebo within Hellbrunn Palace, the set of Rolf and Lisel's duet, the historic Nonnberg Abbey, plus the enchanting village of St. Gilgen on Wolfgangsee lake, the set of the movie's opening scene. Also included are visits to the idyllic Leopoldskorn Palace and the church at Mondsee lake, where the film's wedding scene took place.
Enjoy a leisurely tour with the same company that transported the film crew for shooting in 1964. Your full route includes the Mirabell Gardens, Hellbrunn Palace's gazebo, Leopoldskorn Palace, Nonnberg Abbey, St. Gilgen, and the church in Mondsee. Read More close