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With mountains, a clifftop fortress, and Baroque buildings, Mozart’s hometown is straight out of a fairy tale.

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From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

1. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

Embark on a half-day scenic tour through the Salzkammergut to Hallstatt. See the town of Hallstatt on a guided tour and explore at your own pace after. Admire the Mullbach waterfall and the Bone House. Start the trip from Salzburg with a drive through the famous Salzkammergut en route to Hallstatt, known as the Pearl of the Salzkammergut. The route will take you through a number of charming villages, as you listen to an introduction to Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut. If you wish to do the Hallstatt Skywalk, the guide will collect the money for the ticket on the bus.  On arrival in Hallstatt, you might begin your visit with a mountain train ride up to the entrance of the world’s oldest salt mines (though the tour does not visit the mine itself), where you can admire the views down onto Hallstatt.  In Hallstatt you will have 2.5 hours to take in the sights. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the lake and marvel at how the houses above you seem to cling onto the mountainside. Pass by the Mullbach waterfall and visit the local museum. A must-see attraction is the Bone House behind the Catholic church, which will give you an interesting view into local family life (admission not included). You’ll then begin the return journey via Abtenau and Russbach to Gosau, where you’ll see the Gosau Lake and admire the views of the Dachtsein mountains.

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

2. Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

Enjoy arrival and departure on the funicular railway to hear the classic piece "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" while you enjoy a romantic dinner and concert in Salzburg. Admire the views from the Mozart fortress. Begin your evening with a romantic 3-course dinner. Experience a truly exceptional atmosphere at the 900-year-old fortress. Dine in the exclusive Panorama restaurant, which is located at the fortress and overlooks the old city of Salzburg. Next, hear Mozart's most beloved work as well as other masterpieces by the famous classical composer, interpreted by internationally-renowned soloists. After the concert, experience Mozart's city at twilight as the evening comes to an end. Classic dinner menuMini bread rolls with 2 different spreadsConsommé of beef with semolina dumplingCorn chicken supréme with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables"Mozart" dessert*Vegetarian options are available upon request VIP dinner menu Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads White wine soup with roasted Marcona almonds Sous vide cooked short rips from local beef on truffled mashed potatoes and grilled tomato de Roma or Salzburger gold trout "müllerin art" with rosemary potatoes Salzburger Nockerl Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries*Vegetarian options are available upon request

Salzburg: Original Sound of Music Tour

3. Salzburg: Original Sound of Music Tour

On this half-day tour you'll relive scenes from one of the most popular movies of all time. Visit the locations used during the filming of The Sound of Music in Salzburg and its surrounding countryside. During the tour, you’ll also hear songs from the original soundtrack. Let your guide show you the architectural and historical landmarks of the city and the picturesque Lake District. See Leopoldskron Palace, a place whose exterior was used as the Trapp family home and where the children were seen boating on the lake and jumping into the water. Maria was a novice at Nonnberg Abbey, the oldest convent in German-speaking Europe, and your next stop. The St. Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang scenes shown at the beginning of the movie were actually filmed at Lake Fuschl, on the way to St. Gilgen, which you'll also see today. The wedding scene was filmed at Mondsee Cathedral, a buttery yellow-and-white edifice where you'll stop on the tour. Maria, led by Liesl, walked down the aisle to meet the baron in front of the stairs of the main altar. After dropping you off in Salzburg at the end of the tour you can visit Mirabell Gardens, located just opposite the tour terminal. Maria and the children were seen dancing through the Gardens singing Do-Re-Mi..

Salzburg: Mozart Concert at Mirabell Palace

4. Salzburg: Mozart Concert at Mirabell Palace

Experience an evening dominated by classical music, while enjoying the unique atmosphere of the breathtaking Baroque-style Marble Hall in Mirabell Palace. The Marble Hall was once the banquet hall of the prince archbishops and is today deemed one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world. In fact, Leopold Mozart and his children Wolfgang and Marianne (nicknamed Nannerl) have performed in this very room. Be blown away by the soloists and changing ensembles that will inspire you with their intense and atmospheric works. Experience different interpretations of delicate chamber music.

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert

5. Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert

Enjoy a performance of the Classical piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" above the rooftops of the Mozart city of Salzburg. Hear Mozart's most beloved work as well as other masterpieces by the famous Classical composer, interpreted by internationally-renowned soloists. Hear one of over 300 "Best of Mozart" concerts held annually in the most beautiful halls in the province of Salzburg, like the Golden Hall. During Advent and Christmas times, you will also be enchanted by traditional Salzburg Christmas Carols. Experience a truly exceptional atmosphere at the 900-year-old fortress and enjoy a unique view of the city of Salzburg and its vicinity. After the concert, experience the Mozart city at twilight as the evening comes to an end.

Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

6. Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

Enjoy unique mountain landscapes on this round tour of the enchanting Bavarian Alps. Traveling along the Königssee river, you will be able to discover the imposing crags and romantically positioned farmsteads of the road towards Obersalzberg. In specially-equipped and comfortable buses, you will be able to relax in luxury, while your driver conquers the dramatic heights and sheer cliffs. 20 minutes travel on well-constructed roads will bring you to the Eagle's Nest, where Adolf Hitler always spent his summer holidays. From the Eagle's Nest, you will be able to enjoy an extraordinary view of the "Hoher Göll" and other majestic, snow-covered mountain summits of the Bavarian Alps.

From Salzburg: Guided Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour

7. From Salzburg: Guided Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour

Embark on a half-day trip to Hallstatt from Salzburg. Take a scenic drive past Lake Fuschl with insightful commentary from your guide on board. Enjoy free time in Hallstatt to explore at your own pace. Depart from Salzburg and traverse Austria's lake district in an air-conditioned bus. Pass Lake Fuschl and stop for photos of St. Gilgen, Lake Wolfgang, and the surrounding mountains of the Salzkammergut. Afterward, continue your trip along Lake Wolfgang and soak up the views of this UNESCO World Heritage landscape. Enjoy insightful commentary about the region from your onboard guide. Pass through a number of charming villages on your drive to Hallstatt. Once you arrive in Hallstatt, have 2.5 hours of free time to explore this fairytale city and its surroundings. You can visit the ossuary or “bone-house”, and see the 1000 painted human skulls inside. Opt for a funicular ride to the entrance of the world’s oldest salt mine and enjoy the breathtaking views from an observation platform. Walk along the lake and marvel at how the houses above you seem to cling to the mountainside. After your free time, board the bus for your return journey. This time, pass through the Rußbach valley and the towns of Gosau and Abtenau which are famous for their stunning views of the Dachstein mountain range.

Salzburg: Christmas Advent Concert with Dinner

8. Salzburg: Christmas Advent Concert with Dinner

Attend a Christmas concert of music by Mozart, Haydn, Bach, and other legendary composers at the historic Hohensalzburg Fortress, perched high above Salzburg. Ride the funicular for free to listen to masterpieces in a magnificent setting. Feast on a holiday menu with your choice of chicken, fish, or vegetarian dishes. Concert Program: • W. A. Mozart: Salzburg Symphony • J. Haydn: Serenade • J. S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins and Strings • A. Vivaldi: Harp Concerto and Guitar Concerto • Advent music from the Salzburg countryside Classic Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • Consommé of beef with semolina dumpling • Corn chicken supréme with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables • Mozart dessert VIP Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • White wine soup with roasted Marcona almonds • Sous vide cooked short rips from local beef on truffle mashed potatoes and grilled Roma tomato or • Salzburger gold trout müllerin art (Miller style) with rosemary potatoes • Salzburger Nockerl (soufflé with vanilla cream and berries) *Vegetarian options are available upon request

Salzburg: Yellow Line Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

9. Salzburg: Yellow Line Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

See all the important sights of Salzburg on a flexible 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on and hop-off bus tour. Travel in luxurious, air-conditioned coaches and enjoy an informative audio commentary in 13 languages, with a complimentary headset for each seat. Get to know the city in an hour by taking a non-stop tour, or hop off at any of 12 stops to discover Salzburg's attractions at your own pace. The tour loop starts at Mirabellplatz 2, next to Mirabell Gardens and University Mozarteum, and you can stop off at any of the following designated stops: • Mirabellplatz/Mozarteum • Mozartsteg/Rudolfskai • Mozartsteg/Imbergstraße • Hanusch-Platz • Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz • Schloss Leopoldskron • Hellbrunn Palace • Kleingmain/Gwandhaus • Nonntal • Mozartsteg/Imbergstraße • Mirabellplatz/St. Andrä • Salzburg Main Station

Salzburg Ghost Tour

10. Salzburg Ghost Tour

On this spooky and sinister tour of Salzburg, you will learn about the jobs of executioners and torturers and get to know the city’s medieval and modern methods of torture. The main focus of this guided tour will be the Salzburg witch trials and the Zauberer Jackl trials, as well as the role of the Catholic Church at the time. Dip into the history of superstition, legends, and sayings – and visit original sites such as the pillories, the torture chambers, and the place of execution. With its mix of dark and humorous tales, this tour is appropriate for children ages 10 and up. It lasts about 1.5 hours.

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What people are saying about Salzburg

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,550 reviews

We had an amazing time. Our guide was excellent! We learned about where to eat, drink, sightsee, and have coffee! We had about 3 hours to explore Salzburg and then moved on to the bext destination. I definitely think 3 hours is more than enough to explore Salzburg.

Excellent. Too bad the weather was horrible, but the concert made us feel extraordinary! Congratulations!

Magnificent cathedral to walk around. Brief but excellent music performed on two of the five organs.

Great experience. Well organized, good food and the musicians were amazing!

Brilliant cellos and violinists. They all played their hearts out.