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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..

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

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

Travel through the picturesque foothills of the Bavarian Alps on this day trip from Munich to Salzburg. Admire alpine wonders along the way and have free time to explore Salzburg at your own pace.  Hop aboard a comfortable and climate controlled bus at a centrally-located meeting point in Munich. Relax on the drive and spy the enchanting Chiemsee, also called the "Bavarian Sea," as it is the largest lake in Bavaria. Arrive in Salzburg, the city of Mozart and have around 2.5 hours to see the city's impressive buildings, take in the vistas, and wander through the Baroque Old Town. Have time to take in sights like the Hohensalzburg fortress and the birthplace of Mozart.  Spend your free time checking out the cathedral, Hellbrunn Palace, and the fountains. Take a stroll through the Old Town to uncover boutique shops and eateries offering culinary delicacies. Get back on the bus and, in the summer (from April until November), travel thorughthe Salzkammergut to the Wolfgangsee. Purchase a boat ride to St. Wolfgang, the Hotel zum Weißen Rössl, and see the pilgrimage church.  Stop at the Mondsee, a location for the film "The Trapp Family." In the winter (from November to April), instead of the visit to St. Wolfgang you'll get to enjoy more time in Salzburg. During December enjoy the colors and aromas of Christkindlmarket Christmas market. Return to your meeting point in Munich by bus at the end of your tour.

Salzburg: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

3. Salzburg: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

See all the important sights of Salzburg on a flexible 24-hour, 48-hour or 72-hour hop-on and hop-off bus tour. Travel in luxurious, air-conditioned coaches and enjoy an informative audio commentary in up to 13 languages, with a complimentary headset for each seat. With your ticket, the following lines are available to you: Important note: The Yellow Line is currently available, while the Blue Line is on winter break, and will be back in spring 2024. Yellow Line: Get to know the city in an hour by taking a non-stop tour, or hop off at any of 10 stops to discover Salzburg's attractions. 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 • Hanusch-Platz • Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz • Schloss Leopoldskron • Hellbrunn Palace • Kleingmain/Gwandhaus • Nonntal • Mozartsteg/Imbergstraße • Mirabellplatz/St. Andrä • Salzburg Main Station • Mirabellplatz/Mozarteum Blue Line (currently on winter break & will be back in spring 2024): Discover much more than Salzburg with our blue hop-on and hop-off line and cross the border to Germany to Berchtesgaden together with us. Starting point is at Mirabellplatz 2 as well and you can use the following designated stops: • Salzburg Mirabell Square • Salzburg Hellbrunn Palace • St. Leonhard Untersberg Railway • Hallein Old Town/Celtic Museum • Hallein/Pernerinsel • Salzburg Salt Worlds & Celtic.Experience.Mountain • Bad Dürrnberg Zinkenlifte • Documentation Obersalzberg: Kehlsteinhaus (The Dokumentation Obersalzberg is closed due to construction work until fall 2023.) The bus from the stop Obersalzberg to the Eagle’s Nest has to be booked separetely. • Berchtesgaden Market • Königssee/ King's Lake • Berchtesgaden Salt Mine • Leonhard Untersberg Railway • Salzburg Hellbrunn Palace • Salzburg Mirabell Square

Salzburg: Boat Ride to Hellbrunn and Palace Visit

4. 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.

Salzburg: Hallstatt and Sound of Music Tour

5. Salzburg: Hallstatt and Sound of Music Tour

Climb aboard a bus in Salzburg and make your way to Hallstatt. Admire the breathtaking Salzkammergut passing through picturesque towns such as Fuschl, St. Gilgen, Strobl, and Bad Goisern. Arrive in Hallstatt, considered one of the most beautiful lakeside villages in the world. Enjoy free time to explore the town. Choose to walk along Lake Hallstatt, visit the museums and the famous Bone House with over 600 skulls and bones, or take a funicular to the skywalk platform. On your way back, take a different route for more striking scenery, passing by Gosau and Abentau before arriving in Salzburg. Join the original Sound of Music tour and relive your favorite scenes from the classic musical, following the traces of Julie Andrews. Discover filming locations around the city while your guide provides historical background on Salzburg’s top attractions and architectural jewels. Take advantage of photo stops at Schloss Leopoldskron, known for the famous boat scene, and at the authentic Sixteen Going on Seventeen gazebo. Head out to the beautiful Salzkammergut once again, this time via St. Gilgen to Mondsee, on a scenic route along Lake Mondsee. Spend some time in the picturesque town visiting the famous Basilica St. Michael, where the wedding of Maria and Baron von Trapp was filmed. Explore during your free time and make sure not to miss out on the iconic apple strudel before returning to Salzburg.

Salzburg: Sound of Music Private Half-Day Tour

6. Salzburg: Sound of Music Private Half-Day Tour

The 1965 musical The Sound of Music was a worldwide hit, using stunning settings that were as captivating as the storyline itself, and this tour gives you the chance to explore some of them first-hand.  Photo stops at film sites like Leopoldskron Palace, the gazebo in the gardens of Hellbrunn Palace, and time-depending pass by the actual Villa Trapp. The last part of the tour takes you via scenic mountain roads to Mondsee, to visit the cathedral where the romantic wedding in the movie was filmed - a perfect place to end a perfect day.

Salzburg: Private Eagle's Nest and the Sound of Music Tour

7. Salzburg: Private Eagle's Nest and the Sound of Music 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.

Salzburg: Private City and Surroundings Guided Bike Tour

8. Salzburg: Private City and Surroundings Guided Bike Tour

Start your journey of discovery at the bike rental location. Ride along the river to the Müllner Steg bridge - One of the most beautiful views of the old town. Immediately thereafter, ride to the Palace Mirabell and enjoy the view over the Mirabell garden to the Festung Hohensalzburg - a well-known motif, but always impressive. The bike tour continues to Salzburg Festspielhaus, Salzburg Dom,Domplatz and Residenzplatz. Passing the fortress from below follow the bike lane along the Salzach to Nonnberg Abbey. Stop to view the 8th century old female convent Nonnberg Abbey. Small side streets and cycle paths lead to the shady Hellbrunner Allee. Enjoy this shady 2.8km long path lined with old trees. Pass stately homes such as the impressive Schloss Freisaal and Schloss Fronburg and end at the magnificent Hellbrunn Palace. During a short stop in the Park of Hellbrunn Palace you can get some culinary refreshments, marvel at modern art in the park or simply enjoy the over 400-year-old complex with the beautiful Palace and colorful flowers. The journey continues to various residential districts with views of the Untersberg to the Leopoldskron Palace. Overlooking the Untersberg, riding along the famous Almkanal water system, the path leads to Schloss Leopoldskron. Located on a little lake you find great foto opportunities. Today known as a Schloss Hotel and film location of Sound of Music, this 200 year old estate has a long interesting history. Ride back into town and treat yourself to a last look to the Alps, the Untersberg mountain and Kapuzinerberg. The tour ends at the bike rental location. Congratulations! You have successfully completed the bike tour. Time to explore some more of Salzburg on foot.

The Hills Are Alive Private "Do-Re-Mi" Tour

9. The Hills Are Alive Private "Do-Re-Mi" Tour

On this excursion you will explore Salzburg and its beautiful surroundings on the traces of the world-famous musical “The Sound of Music”. Start your day with a walk through the Mirabell gardens, famous across the world for the Do-Re-Mi scenes filmed here. See the Pegasus fountain, dwarf garden as well as statues from Roman and Greek mythology and stunning, formal patterned flower beds. Drive up to one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the city, immortalised in Do-Re-Mi, with a fantastic view over the entire city of Salzburg and its millennium fortress. Back in your luxury minivan have a photo stop near Maria’s Abbey (Nonnberg Abbey) on your way to Leopoldskron Palace (boat scene and pink lemonade at the terrace). After a short stop at Leopoldskron drive on to the palace of Hellbrunn where you have the chance to visit the original gazebo and gardens. Then, leave the city driving south into the stunning Bavarian mountains where they filmed the opening scene. Now is your chance to spin in a field in the original area from the opening scene of The Hills are Alive. Journey off the beaten track down a scenic country road along the river Salzach and through the narrow gorges of the Lueg pass to Werfen where you will head to the top of the Sound of Music trail, the picnic spot from the movie. Enjoy a short rest here and its magnificent panorama view.  The final part of the tour takes you through the Austrian lake district via the scenic roads, where parts of the opening scene where filmed, and on to the “Sound of Music” wedding cathedral in Mondsee where the romantic wedding scene was filmed.

Salzburg: Tour with Private Guide

10. Salzburg: Tour with Private Guide

Your private walking tour in Salzburg begins with a warm and friendly meet and greet by your passionate local guide. You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel, café, or any other designated meeting place of your choice. As you embark on your walking tour, your guide will provide you with a fascinating introduction to the history and culture of Salzburg. They will share their extensive knowledge, stories, and insights about the city's enchanting past, famous residents, and rich artistic heritage. The tour then takes you to the heart of Salzburg's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the charming cobblestone streets, lined with elegant medieval and baroque buildings. Your guide will point out notable landmarks such as Mozart's birthplace, the iconic Salzburg Cathedral, and the picturesque Getreidegasse shopping street. Next, you'll visit the magnificent Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Explore the beautifully manicured baroque gardens, adorned with stunning sculptures, fountains, and vibrant flower beds. Your guide will share interesting anecdotes about the palace's history and its significance in Salzburg's cultural landscape. Crossing the Salzach River, you'll have the opportunity to take in breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Your guide will lead you to one of the several scenic viewpoints, allowing you to capture memorable photos and fully appreciate Salzburg's captivating beauty. Salzburg is widely known as the birthplace of Mozart, and your guide will ensure that you experience the city's musical heritage firsthand. You'll immerse yourself in the world of classical music and learn about the city's influential role in shaping the musical landscape. No tour of Salzburg is complete without sampling some of the region's delicious culinary offerings. Your guide will recommend hidden gems for a delightful coffee break or perhaps a traditional Austrian lunch, providing you with an authentic taste of Salzburg's gastronomy. Throughout the tour, your guide will tailor the experience to your preferences, ensuring that you see the sights and attractions that interest you the most. They will also be happy to answer any questions you may have, offer recommendations for the rest of your stay, and share insider tips for making the most of your time in Salzburg. As your private walking tour comes to a close, your guide will bid you farewell, leaving you with lasting memories and a newfound appreciation for the charming city of Salzburg. You will be filled with a sense of wonder about its history, culture, and vibrant artistic legacy, ready to explore the city further at your own leisure.

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The guide Peter had lots of interesting information and related the tour to musical very well. Even if you are not interested in the movie (my partner) the scenery is breathtaking. Bus driver did a wonderful job in the narrow streets. Have nothing negative to report. Worth while doing especially if you are in Salzburg for only a short time.

This tour was amazing!!! Loved our tour guide April. This tour was well worth the price. Definitely recommend this if visiting Salzburg.

April was an amazing tour guide! We loved our experience and would highly recommend this trip.

Simon was amazing and really brought it all to life - please make sure you pay him well ;-)

richard was very accomodating and funny. Peter was too