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Salzburg

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

Our most recommended things to do in Salzburg

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: Concert at Mirabell Palace

2. Salzburg: 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

3. 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.

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

4. 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

5. 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: Hohensalzburg Fortress Admission Ticket

6. Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress Admission Ticket

Your visit to Salzburg Fortress starts with either a beautiful 20-30 minute walk or a quick and comfortable ride on Austria's oldest funicular (depending on tour option selected). Today you will find an ultra modern rail system instead of the original funicular, which was powered by water and transported people up and down the hill as early as 1892. Upon arrival at the top of the hill, experience a unique view over the Archbishop's city and the breathtaking landscape of Salzburg's mountains. Soak up the scenery, take photos, then continue with your visit to the medieval fortification complex, representing 900 years of building history. During your self-guided visit, explore all different parts of the castle and see why it was unconquered for more than 1000 years. Interact with models showing the various types of attack and defense practiced in a medieval fortress. Enjoy another highlight when you visit the Prince's Chambers, which ranks among the best-preserved secular buildings of the Gothic period. While walking through the complex, you'll always identify new views over the city and find many hidden corners of the castle just waiting to be discovered.

Salzburg: Mozart Concert with Dinner

7. Salzburg: Mozart Concert with Dinner

Experience a fantastic combination of a delicious candlelit dinner made from original historical recipes and a concert with artists in period costumes at the Baroque Hall in the picturesque Salzburg. Listen to the music by the Salzburg genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart while you enjoy your delicious meal. Experience a special romantic evening and take in the atmosphere of Mozart’s Salzburg together with colorful costumes and culinary delights. Savor delicious pastries, succulent chicken, and a unique forest honey parfait. At the same time you will listen to Mozart's most famous compositions from 3 of his greatest operas. Concert starts at 7:30 PM Box office and doors open at 6:30 PM Seats are at tables for 8 persons and will be assigned on the spot. 3-course menu: • Dark rye bread with butter • Lemon-chicken broth with a curd cheese and rosemary dumpling • Stuffed roasted chicken breast in a red wine and herb jus with potato gratin and homegrown vegetables • Wild honey parfait with 2 different kinds of fruit sauce

Salzburg: Boat Ride on the Salzach

8. Salzburg: Boat Ride on the Salzach

Discover the highlights of Salzburg's old city from an entire new perspective on this exciting boat tour along the Salzach. See the breathtaking silhouette of the city, admire the exclusive villas in the southern part of Salzburg and enjoy the awe-inspiring landscape along the riverbanks. See the Hagen and Tennen mountains and admire the impressive panoramic view from the water.

Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

9. 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 our 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.

Salzburg: Boat Ride to Hellbrunn and Palace Visit

10. Salzburg: Boat Ride to Hellbrunn and Palace Visit

Discover the old city of Salzburg by water and sail leisurely along the river. Admire the gorgeous façades of Salzburg in the direction of Hellbrunn with views of the mountain range and rural Salzburg. After half an hour, arrive at the Hellbrunn dock and board a London-style double-decker bus, which will bring you to the fairytale Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn). Enjoy priority entry to the world-famous water features in the palace's expansive gardens. Experience life as it was and see what delighted the local archbishops 400 years ago: mysterious, mystic grottoes, water features, and geysers around every corner. See the exclusive premises of the pleasure palace and hear interesting information with your audio guide. After the tour, you will return to the old city.

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What people are saying about Salzburg

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,550 reviews

Fortress is impress as are the views. Dinner was very good. Concert was beautiful. Directions about getting to the dinner and then to the concert could have been clearer. Also, there was a lot of climbing of steps which could have been made more clear in the event description.

Anthony was well versed in Sound of Music knowledge and the history of Salzburg. Saw shooting locations of the house, the gazebo, the lake, the trees that the kids climbed, and the church. Ended tour in Mirabella Gardens. Wonderful tour!!!! I would love to do it again!

We looked at doing this tour on our own to save money. We would have missed all of the insightful information, and stories provided by our local tour guide. Her guidance , her stories, her knowledge, and the skip the line feature made this trip worth every penny !!!

Steffi gave us plenty of activities on route. Taking us out of our comfort zone at times. Testing our mettle and strength of character whilst being fun at all times.

The funicular is well worth the money. Very cool way to experience the views of the city and the fortress.