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Salzburg: Original Sound of Music Tour

1. 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..

Salzkammergut Mountain: Mountains & Lakes from Salzburg

2. Salzkammergut Mountain: Mountains & Lakes from Salzburg

Summer in the Salzkammergut: The Salzkammergut area has long been a dream destination for Austrian royalty. From Emperor Franz Joseph and his court in Bad Ischl to Salzburg's Prince-Bishops in Jagdschloss Fuschl. The picturesque landscapes of Salzburg, Upper Austria, and Steiermark will indeed fascinate. Visit the "Mozart Village" of St. Gilgen, the home of Mozart's mother and enjoy a 25-minute boat tour to St. Wolfgang (Boat tours are seasonal from 01 May to 26 October). In the town of St. Wolfgang visit the famous Gothic altar of Michael Pacher and enjoy a coffee break at a world-class restaurant, "Im Weissen Rössl." The drive back to Salzburg leads past the Krottensee and castle Hüttenstein as well as the Mondsee, which is surrounded by spectacular mountains. All in all, an unforgettable experience. From 27 October through 30 April, in place of the boat tour, you are warmly invited for coffee and cake. "

Linz Old Town Private Walking Tour and Cruise

3. Linz Old Town Private Walking Tour and Cruise

Discover the rich history of Linz with a private guide. See the best Old Town highlights and embark on a relaxing cruise along the Danube River to discover Linz’s culture, industry, and nature. Meet your guide at the main square and stroll up the narrow Hofgasse street with lovely pastel buildings towards the Linz Castle. Pass through the castle’s inner courtyard to get to the Castle Park for a nice view of Linz and Pöstlingberg across the river. Walk to the Landhaus, a magnificent 16th-century Renaissance building with a lovely courtyard. Enjoy its stylish architecture and interesting commentary from your guide. Further down you will reach Austria’s largest church, the monolithic neo-gothic New Cathedral, also known as Mariendom. See the Baroque highlight of Linz’s Old Town - the Old Cathedral, which marks the city’s skyline with its two towers topped with onion domes. At the iconic main square, Hauptplatz, you will see the Neptune Fountain, Old Town Hall, the Feichtinger House with its carillon, and other historic buildings. Spot the white marble Holy Trinity Column. Finally, get on board the MS Linzerin ship to go on a 100 minutes long cruise along the Danube River. Choose between a guided and non-guided cruise. During the guided option, your guide will point out the most important buildings along the way, such as the futuristic glass buildings of the Ars Electronica Center, the Lentos Art Museum, and the famous copper concert hall “Brucknerhaus.” You will also discover the fantastic views of wide nature reserves and the harbor quarter. During the non-guided cruise option, the guide will take you to the ship's departure point. You will have the best time admiring the amazing views with your family or friends. You can grab a drink or choose a meal from a special menu onboard.

Eagle's Nest and Sound of Music Private Tour

4. Eagle's Nest and Sound of Music Private Tour

This tour combines the original locations from the musical "The Sound of Music" with the historical "Eagle's Nest". Your tour starts with a tour of the city including the Palaces Leopoldskron (von Trapp Family House) and Hellbrunn (Sound of Music Pavilion). Hellbrunn Palace is on the way to the Eagle's Nest which will be next. Passing the border to Germany the journey continues to the Sound of Music Meadow (The Hills are alive). Now is your chance to spin in the field, reenacting the opening scene. Head to the "Obersalzberg" which is located at 3000 ft. elevation right below the Eagle's Nest. Access the Eagle's Nest with special busses and an elevator. Admire the scenic view of the Bavarian Mountains, the King's Lake, and the surrounding area of Salzburg. Returning from the Eagle's Nest, continue to the second highlight of our tour, the Salzburg Lake District. Travel through the Wies Valley and further on to Fuschl and St. Gilgen. Take a stunning photo of the castle of Fuschl with emerald Lake Fuschl in the background. The next highlight is Lake Wolfgang and the village St. Gilgen, the scenery of the area was shown at the beginning of "The Sound of Music." Enjoy a view from the "Mozart View Point" to Lake Wolfgang and the "Schafberg" Mountain. Relax and enjoy the countryside on the drive from St. Gilgen to the lake "Mondsee" and further on to the town of Mondsee with the "Sound of Music Wedding Church", from where you make your way back to Salzburg. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your Salzburg hotel or any other location within the city.

Linz: Pöstlingberg and Old Town Private Tour

5. Linz: Pöstlingberg and Old Town Private Tour

Add a touch of adventure to your stay in Linz and go on a mountain excursion to the magical Pöstlingberg Hill. Meet your local guide and take the iconic Pöstlingbergbahn railway. Admire the wonderful woodlands as you reach the observation deck to get amazing views over Linz city. Also, visit Pöstlingbergkirche, the beautiful late Baroque style church that has been attracting pilgrims to Pöstlingberg since the middle 18th century. Choose the 5-hours option to sightsee the Linz Old Town after your short trip to Pöstlingberg. You will explore the most historically relevant and architecturally interesting buildings in the heart of the city. Stroll through the iconic main square and see the Holy Trinity Column, Old Town Hall, the Old Cathedral, the Castle Park, and the monolithic New Cathedral. Join the 6-hours tour to enhance your Pöstlingberg experience with a ride on the Grottenbahn, an underground dragon express through the world of dwarves, animals, and fairy tales. This magical adventure is perfect for families and children. Enjoy a colorful journey through one of the seven fortresses towers built in the 19th-century and see the miniature world of magical creatures and fairy-tale characters.

Linz Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

6. Linz Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Take an informative and personal tour of the charming Old Town of Linz. Explore the most historically relevant and architecturally interesting buildings with your guide as you learn about this fascinating place. Start your tour at the Baroque highlight of Linz’s city center - the Old Cathedral. See this monumental 17th-century church with its two onion dome towers. Step inside to admire its lavish interiors, with an elaborately detailed wooden pulpit and high altar decorated with marble statues and a fabulous painting of Saint Aloysius. Next, visit the iconic Main Square, or Hauptplatz. Stroll among the stylish white and pastel buildings and you'll see the Old Town Hall, the Feichtinger House with its carillon, the Kirchmayr House, and the Schmidberger House. Spot the white marble Holy Trinity Column right in the center of the bustling town square. Explore the relaxing Castle Park with its stunning views of the Danube River, and then head to the Landhaus, a magnificent 16th-century Renaissance building. End your walking tour on the site of Austria’s largest church, the monolithic neo-Gothic New Cathedral. Choose the 3-hour tour option if you'd like to step inside the New Cathedral, also known as Mariendom, where you can marvel at the gorgeous interior design. Admire the fantastic altar, crypts, hand carved wood details, and many exquisite stained glass windows that can be studied for hours. Take a walk through Bauernberg Park to see its monuments. Opt for the 4-hour tour option, and you'll also visit the Nordico Stadtmuseum, which is only a few steps away from the Old Cathedral. Discover varied temporary exhibitions on the history and culture of Linz, including old collections of photographs, antique pieces of furniture, art referencing the city, and other interesting exhibits. Embark on the full 6-hour tour to visit the Upper Austrian Provincial Museum located right inside Linz Castle. Gain a deeper understanding of how Linz, once primarily an industrial center, became a pioneer in culture, art, and technology. See the museum’s top attraction, the permanent exhibitions on the artistic and cultural history of Upper Austria from the Neolithic Age up to the 20th-century.

Linz: Castle Museum and Old Town Highlights Private Tour

7. Linz: Castle Museum and Old Town Highlights Private Tour

Immerse yourself in the natural and cultural history of Linz. Walk the picturesque streets of the old town, take a tour of the Castle Museum, and choose from different tour length options to see other sights. 2-Hour Option: Meet your private guide at Hauptplatz square in the heart of Linz's gorgeous Old Town. Walk down the narrow Hofgasse street as you learn about the history of 8th century Linz Castle, now home to a museum. Inside, tour the permanent exhibitions on nature, technology, science, archeology, and music. Admire exhibits like folk art, cultural artifacts, religious art from the middle ages, and Austrian paintings. 3-Hour Option: The 3-hour tour adds to the above with a visit to the Old Cathedral. Encounter a 17th-century baroque church featuring towers of onion domes and lavish interiors. Marvel at the high altar decorated with marble statues and a fabulous painting of Saint Aloysius. 4-Hour Option: In addition to the Castle and Old Cathedral, the 4-hour option adds more of the Old Town, including the Old Town Hall, Holy Trinity Column, and Neptune Fountain. Selecting this option also allows you to marvel at the New Cathedral, the largest church in Austria with its monolithic neo-gothic architecture and vast stained glass windows.

Linz: Private Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

8. Linz: Private Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

Join a family-friendly tour to experience Linz's history and culture in a fun way. See the city's historical sites on a tour adapted to your kids as you discover the legends and fairy tales of Linz Old Town. Choose between a two-hour and a four-hour walking tour. Meet your guide outside arte Hotel Linz, then follow them to the Pöstlingbergbahn Museum. Explore the permanent exhibition on the historic railway with your guide. Let your kids play on the old-school railway carriage as you enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of this valley station. After having fun at the railway museum, pass the Ars Electronica Center Museum of the Future and cross the Nibelungenbrücke bridge over the Danube River to explore the heart of Linz. See the most important buildings and monuments on the Hauptplatz, such as the Old Town Hall, the spectacular Holy Trinity Column, and the beautiful Neptune Fountain. Enjoy the riddles, fairy tales, and mystery stories your guide tells to introduce the city’s history and culture to your children. Then, leave the main square and stroll down the Hofgasse, a charismatic narrow alley, passing Kepler's House and the Losensteiner Freihaus. Finally, stop at Linz Castle, where you will explore the castle’s inner courtyard and play in the Castle Park. Choose the four-hour option to visit the Castle Museum with your guide and discover permanent exhibitions on the artistic and cultural history of Upper Austria from the Neolithic Age up to the 20th-century. Marvel at the art and cultural pieces, such as the lovely traditional costumes and golden hats typical of the Upper Austrian province, the weapons collection, and a vintage car.

Literature in Linz: Adalbert Stifter Institute Private Tour

9. Literature in Linz: Adalbert Stifter Institute Private Tour

Visit Stifter Haus - Adalbert Stifter Institute to see a permanent exhibition dedicated to the author's personal life and literary legacy. Enjoy exploring memorial rooms dedicated to the pride of Upper Austria’s literature. Meet with your private guide in Linz main square and take a short walk to the Adalbert Stifter Institute. See the original furniture, including his marriage bed and death sofa. Admire paintings by him and other artists, including Shifter's “Moon Landscape” and "Landscape Study with Group of Houses and Stream." Receive a detailed overview of Stifter’s life and his literary and pictorial work and familiarize yourself with selected examples of other Upper Austrian writers. Explore 5 individual rooms in the museum, each commemorating a different time period and theme in literature. The kitchen, dedicated to the Middle Ages, with a theme of “love”, the dining room addressing 18th century, “fighting”, the bedroom - 19th century, “walking”, salon - 20th century “remembering”, and finally, the study room presenting the works of Stifter with a theme of “writing.” Get the best experience on this exclusive tour with a guide who is an expert in Austrian literature.

Linz: Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

10. Linz: Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

Join this family-friendly tour to experience Linz's history and culture in the most fun and exciting way. Your friendly private guide will adapt the program and commentary to engage your children in sightseeing of the historic sites. Let the kids discover legends and fairy tales of Linz Old Town. During the 2-hours walking tour, you will visit the former base station of the popular Pöstlingbergbahn, that is, the Pöstlingbergbahn Museum. It’s a great playground for children of any age, and the parents will enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of this valley station as well. Pass by the “Museum of the Future” - Ars Electronica Center and cross the Nibelungenbrücke over the Danube River to explore the heart of Linz. On the Hauptplatz, see the most important buildings and monuments, such as the Old Town Hall, the spectacular Holy Trinity Column, and the beautiful Neptune Fountain, where children can play with clean water. Listen to riddles, fairy tales, and mystery stories from your guide to get an introduction to the city’s history and culture. Leave the main square and stroll down the charismatic narrow allay Hoffgase, passing by the house of Kepler and the Losensteiner Freihaus. The last stop of this fantastic tour will be the Linz Castle, where you will explore the castle’s inner courtyard and play in the Castle Park. Choose the 4-hours option to visit the Castle Museum with permanent exhibitions on the artistic and cultural history of Upper Austria from the Neolithic Age up to the 20th-century. See many pieces of art and history that even children will find interesting, such as the lovely traditional costumes and golden hats, a collection of arms and armors, and a vintage car.

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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!

The tour was fantastic and well organised. It allowed you to see the scenes from the movie and the fantastic Austrian countryside. I would thoroughly recommend booking this tour, very professional.

The guide (Birgit) and driver (Ferdinand) were wonderful. They knew their stuff and it was a very nice trip

So much fun! Well worth the time. The stops along the way were beautiful. Bridget was wonderful.

So much fun (loved the sing-a-long!) and very informative. Our guide was awesome!