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Werfen: Hohenwerfen Castle Entrance Ticket

1. Werfen: Hohenwerfen Castle Entrance Ticket

Step back in time to the Middle Ages at Hohenwerfen Castle, a former fortification built in the 11th century and located on a steep peak high above the Salzach valley in the Pongau region of Salzburg. Choose between options that include a funicular ride up to and down from the castle, or make your own way up to the 155-meter (509-foot) peak with a 15-minute walk through light woodland.  Don’t forget to explore the arsenal, belfry, and royal apartment to see what life back then must have looked like. Besides discovering what the fortress has to offer, another highlight of your visit will definitely be a stunning flight demonstration by the historic State Falconry Center. Primarily, they show domestic birds of prey in free flight. You will also get access to the Austrian Falconry Museum, which is currently hosting the “Where Eagles Dare” exhibition in the Pump Vaults. Don't miss out on the interactive “The Legend Of Jack, Witches and Wizards in Salzburg” exhibition, nor the exhibition on the architectural history of the fortress. Bring your kids along to explore the fortress grounds, and take them on a fun riddle rally.

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

2. 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: Amphibious Audio Guided Tour on Land and Water

3. Salzburg: Amphibious Audio Guided Tour on Land and Water

Experience an unforgettable city trip as you board a one-of-a-kind Amphibian vehicle specially built for Salzburg. Explore the enchanting area around Mirabell Palace, one of the most popular and beautiful wedding venues. See Mozart’s residence, Leopoldskron Palace with its stunning lake, world-famous due to the scenes filmed for The Sound of Music. Pass through old districts such as Mülln, and many other interesting areas. Splashdown into the Salzach river that flows through the center of Salzburg and experiences the sights from the water. This is no ordinary tour, but a magical sightseeing experience. Enjoy live commentary as well as an additional 8 languages on your audio guide which provide insightful commentary on truly fascinating surroundings.

From Munich: Salzburg, St. Wolfgang, and the Salzkammergut

4. From Munich: Salzburg, St. Wolfgang, and the Salzkammergut

This trip will take you through the picturesque foothills of the Bavarian Alps. You'll be able to see the enchanting Chiemsee, also called the "Bavarian Sea," which, with an area of nearly 80 km², is the largest lake in Bavaria. In Salzburg, the city of Mozart, you will have around 2.5 hours to see the city's impressive buildings, take in the vistas, and wander through the beautiful Baroque old town. Of particular note are, for example, the Hohensalzburg fortress and the birthplace of Mozart. The cathedral, Hellbrunn Palace, and the fountains are not to be missed. The old town offers many other worthwhile attractions, from fine boutiques and culinary delicacies to art, culture, and all else the heart could desire. The next part of the tour takes place in the summer only (from April until November): The tour will then take you onwards through the Salzkammergut to the Wolfgangsee. There you will have the chance to take a boat trip to St. Wolfgang, to the Hotel zum Weißen Rössl, and to visit the pilgrimage church. There is one more exciting highlight waiting for you on the return journey : a stop at the Mondsee, a location for the film "The Trapp Family." Be enthralled by this tour to Salzburg and the Salzkammergut. If you're visiting during the winter (from November to April), instead of the visit to St. Wolfgang you'll get to enjoy more time in Salzburg. During December you'll also be able to visit the Christkindlmarket.

DomQuartier Salzburg: Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

5. DomQuartier Salzburg: Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

Discover Baroque power and splendor across 15,000 square meters with 2,000 magnificent exhibits from 1300 turbulent years. The cathedral and Salzburg Residenz make up the historical center of the city. However, the passages between the archiepiscopal palace, the cathedral oratory, as well as the Kunstkammer and the art galleries were closed or walled off for 200 years. With the establishment of the DomQuartier, the original unity of the cathedral and Residenz complex was restored. A tour of the complex allows you to discover new views of the city and unknown insights into the architectural buildings and Baroque treasure chamber. The ensemble opened to the public on a tour for the first on 17 May 2014. Here, 134 doors opened to 2,000 exhibits from 1300 years of art and culture across 15,000 square meters. The idea of the tour through the DomQuartier goes back to Prince Archbishop Guidobald von Thun. He was one of the most important builders of the Baroque period in Salzburg. During his 14-year reign (1654 – 1668), he decisively shaped the image of the city. He built the cathedral arches, the Residenz and cathedral squares, and the art gallery (now the Long Gallery at St. Peter’s Abbey). He also created the passageways between the cathedral and the Residenz as well as St. Peter’s Abbey. After the dissolution of the Prince Archbishopric of Salzburg in 1803, the unity of the cathedral and the Residenz was lost. However, it has now been reconstructed after 200 years. First up, tour the State Rooms of the Salzburg Residenz Palace, home to the prince archbishops’ living quarters and official seat. Opulent interiors, extravagant stucco, and superb ceiling frescoes are witnesses to the mission of the rulers to present themselves in a magnificent way. You then continue on to the Residenz Gallery, which displays European paintings from the 16th to the 19th century with a clear focus on the Baroque period. The subsequent Cathedral Arches Terrace combines the secular with the spiritual center: the Salzburg Cathedral. A magnificent view of the city opens up from the Cathedral Arches Terrace – as it were between heaven and earth. The original structure of the North Oratory of the cathedral will be recorded in the future with special exhibitions. Initially, the Salzburg Museum with the Rossacher collection is a guest. The organ loft, which offers an impressive view of the cathedral, leads the way to the Cathedral Museum, the Kunstkammer, the Long Gallery, and the Museum St. Peter in the newly adapted Wallistrakt. After looking into the Gothic choir of the Franciscan Church, the tour ends in the magnificent Carabinieri Hall of the Salzburg Residenz. In addition to the works of art from the Residenz Gallery, the Cathedral Museum, and Salzburg Museum, St. Peter’s Abbey displays its treasures for the first time in a specially designed permanent museum. The Benedictine monastery of St. Peter, located immediately adjacent to the cathedral and Residenz complex, is considered the oldest continuously running monastery in the German-speaking countries and was instrumental in the development of cultural and intellectual life in Salzburg. The abbey has an art collection with an estimated 40,000 exhibits. The most beautiful objects are presented in the newly founded Museum St. Peter for the first time since 1982.

Salzburg: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

6. Salzburg: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Learn the facts and legends of picturesque Salzburg city on a 2-hour private walking tour. Pass by Mirabell Palace, a complex of historic residence built by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich with baroque gardens. Also, visit St. Andrew Parish Church and Mozart's Residence. Then discover Medieval tenements and the Rathaus building. Walk along the famous Getreidegasse street and spot Mozart’s Birthplace. Finally, enjoy a great atmosphere at the University Square and marvel at the amazing Kollegienkirche. To explore even more, choose the 3-hour option and visit also St. Peter's Abbey. This medieval monastery has served as the home to monks for over 1,000 years. The church and the abbey have been the spiritual heart of Salzburg. You can take the 4-hour tour and stroll down to reach the magnificent Salzburg Cathedral. The twin spires top this baroque-style 17th-century Cathedral, with a museum housing its sacred treasures. Get inside and see an amazing sculpture ceiling, organs, and great chapels. In the 6-hour version, also visit Hohensalzburg Fortress. Take in absolutely amazing views on top and explore the Main Castle. Inside you will see Princes’ Apartments, the Magic Theater, and the Fortress Museum.

Salzburg: Self-Guided Audio Tour

7. Salzburg: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Visit a magnificent cathedral, two splendid palaces, the birthplaces of two famous geniuses, and a beautiful fountain, a location from the film The Sound of Music. Immerse yourself in the magic of the world-famous City of Mozart. Download an Mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour then set off and explore the city of Salzburg. Visit the location of Mozart's birthplace, visit Mirabell Palace, Great Festival Hall, Golden Lane, and more, as you relax on a self-paced tour. Admire the Baroque architecture as well as one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps.

Salzburg: Skip-the-line Hohensalzburg Fortress Tour

8. Salzburg: Skip-the-line Hohensalzburg Fortress Tour

Explore 1,000 years of history in Hohensalzburg Fortress with an experienced guide. Marvel at the stunning Royal Apartments, see the impressive Golden Hall, and get a panoramic view from the top of the Fortress. Begin your tour of this ancient fortress outside the imposing structure. Snap photos as your guide explains its interesting history. Follow your guide into the massive complex, and enter the beautiful Royal Apartments, built to impress guests and demonstrate power. Continue to the Golden Hall, designed for grand ceremonies and royal parties. Look up to see the beautiful blue wooden ceiling, whose golden joists and buttons give the impression of a starry night sky. In the Arsenal, wonder at the collection of medieval weapons, including rapiers, broadswords, and halberds. Explore the Granary, Bastions, and bedrooms, getting an insider's view into the life of medieval nobility. Finish your tour of the Fortress with a breathtaking funicular ride to the top. Enjoy a 360-degree view of Salzburg, and spot the major sights with the help of your guide. After you've soaked in the view, continue your tour through the Old Town. Discover the magnificent Salzburg Cathedral, Mozartplatz, and marvel at the outstanding Franciscan Church and Collegian Church. Stroll along famous Getreidegasse, Mozart's favorite walking street, and see his birthplace. End your tour of Salzburg with the beautiful facades of the Rathaus and University.

Salzburg: Cathedral Entry Ticket with Audio Guide Option

9. Salzburg: Cathedral Entry Ticket with Audio Guide Option

Admire the two towers and mighty dome of this impressive building from the inside with this entrance ticket that includes an option to add an audio guide. View the bronze baptismal font, the main organ, and seven bells.  Listen to the guide in English or German and select from the Classic Tour, the the Short Tour, or the Children's Tour. Select the best option for your needs. Be riveted by commentary on the special features of the Cathedral, the history of Salzburg, and musical samples from the centuries-old cathedral music tradition with the 30 minute Classic Tour. Speed through the tour with the15-minute Short Tour and get all the most important information condensed in a quick, action-packed tour. Engage young travelers with the Children's Tour with a tangible presentation of the building that is suitable for children. Explore the bishop's church and have all the children's questions answered.

Salzburg: Old Town Private Beer Tasting Tour

10. Salzburg: Old Town Private Beer Tasting Tour

Discover the authentic beer culture of Austria on a guided beer tasting tour. Join your expert guide and embark on a journey through Austria's brewing history, visiting some of the best beer venues in Salzburg's Old Town. 5 Choose between a two-, three- or four-hour tour and enjoy a selection of different beers along with snacks. Learn about the unique characteristics and brewing history of each beer from your knowledgeable guide and get insider tips on the best local restaurants, pubs, and clubs in town. Select the two-hour tour for the perfect introduction to the remarkable variety of local flavors and aromas on offer. This tour includes a tasting of seven carefully selected regional and craft beers at two different locations. For a deeper dive into the world of Austrian beer, choose the three-hour tour. Visit three different beer venues and sample 11 popular regional and craft beers. Learn more about the history of brewing in Austria and discover what was so revolutionary about the special note of hop and citrus in Salzburg lager. If you're looking for the ultimate Austrian beer and food experience, the four-hour beer tasting tour is for you. Join the premium tour and visit three different venues, including an authentic Austrian restaurant where you'll enjoy a variety of traditional dishes including appetizers and snacks. Sample 13 different beers, each one paired with a food that makes the beer taste even better. 

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What people are saying about Salzburg (State)

A full on busy day which I would describe as a taster visit, allowing you time to appreciate rather than absorb everything in Salzburg. The trip on the boat is extra & is definitely worth it. PAUL was an excellent guide being both entertaining & informative; his whistle stop walking tour around Salzburg really did help get the most out of the trip.

Paul is amazing guide , he explains it very well, coordinated Trip . Enjoyed sightseeing and boat ride . Worth taking this tour . Thanks team for making it special for me .

The cathedral is really impressive. I recommend a visit with the audio guide as there are actually many stories behind different corners of the cathedral.

Guide Paul was super engaging and fun. His songs kept all of us awake and cheered. Overall it was a great trip. Thank yoi

Extremely lovely. Tour was well worth it. Wolfgangsee was the bomb!