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From Vienna: Day Tour of Salzburg

1. From Vienna: Day Tour of Salzburg

Drive through the stunning natural beauty of the Salzkammergut region on this day trip from Vienna to Salzburg. Uncover historical sites on a guided walking tour of the Salzburg Old Town. Take pictures of some film locations from the hit film "The Sound of Music." Be picked up from the centrally-located Vienna State Opera house and relax aboard a spacious and airconditioned coach on the ride through the countryside. Take in views of mountains and lakes as you pass through the UNESCO-listed Salzkammergut region.  Arrive in Salzburg and head to the Old Town. Follow your guide through the cobbled streets to see the Cathedral, the Festival Theater, and St Peter's Church and graveyard. Find the grave of Nannerl, Mozart's sister.  Stop outside the archbishops' residence and the house Mozart was born in. See the Pferdeschwemme (Horse Well) where the song "Edelweis" was performed in 'The Sound of Music" and view Mirabell Palace where "Do Re Mi" was filmed. Admire beautiful views of the Hohensalzburg fortress before returning by coach to the Vienna State Opera house.

Salzburg: Sound of Music Sightseeing Walk with Audio Guide

2. Salzburg: Sound of Music Sightseeing Walk with Audio Guide

Explore Salzburg from the perspective of the classic film The Sound of Music, stopping by famous landmarks and locations that feature in the film. Experience the movie in a new way in this immersive activity, which uses an app-based audio guide with GPS technology.  Start the activity at Mozart Bridge, a notable location of the film. Stroll into the Old Town to see the Cathedral and St Peter’s Monastery. Next, pass through Green Market, and learn about its significance in the film as well as in Austria’s history.  You’ll pass the Horse’s Pond mural and spy Mönchsberg mountain before crossing the padlock bridge over the Salzach River. Learn about the Landestheater, and see the Hotel Bristol where the cast stayed during filming.  Visit the 17th-century Pegasus Fountain and the Dwarf Garden of Mirabell Palace, before finishing the activity at the infamous Do Re Mi steps. Along your route, you’ll learn about Salzburg’s history and hear behind-the-scenes stories from the set of The Sound of Music. The guide uses GPS technology to follow your pace and play the appropriate audio tracks as you go, so you can focus on the sights around you.

Salzburg: City Exploration Game and Tour

3. Salzburg: City Exploration Game and Tour

Combine the excitement of a sightseeing city tour with a game fun on this self-guided smartphone walking tour in X. Find attractions easily with the app's navigation function. Download the app and start the game by going to the first location. Use observation, logic, imagination, and teamwork to solve the riddle at each location, the riddles are always hard. Pause the app at any point if you want to take a break, stop for coffee, or spend some more time visiting one of the sights. Play the game at your own pace. Start your tour from the much-photographed St. Andrew's Church. Visit the Mozart Residence with the heavy history of the huge artist who inhabited it, still the romantic Marko-Feingold-Steg bridge with countless locks will give you the opportunity for a unique view. Take a photo at the imposing Salzburg Residence with its magnificent architecture, and learn about the most famous Austrian ever, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Visit Residence Square with its unique art fountain. You will also pass by the Dom of Salzburg with a history of almost 1500 years. Admire St Peter's Abbey with its unique interior. The Kapitelschwemme with its architecture will fascinate you and your camera! See, walk, and relax around the Hohensalzburg Fortress, right out of a fairy tale, which with its incredible view will be the icing on the cake of this tour!

Salzburg: Scavenger hunt for families (self-guided citywalk)

4. Salzburg: Scavenger hunt for families (self-guided citywalk)

Oh no! The famous composer W.A. Mozart is on his way to the Old Residence to give a concert, when a gust of wind snatches some of his sheets of music out of his hand! Can you help the cute squirrel detective “Pep” to find the swirled sheets, which are scattered all over the city? Moreover, there is a secret note by Mozart himself on his sheets of music, which must also be deciphered... This is the challenge to be solved during this family-friendly city tour/scavenger hunt! Let's grab your family and follow the predefined route of this scavenger hunt through the magnificent city of Salzburg. It covers both the historic old town and some parts of the new town on the opposite bank of the Salzach. During your family-friendly city walk you will pass the most important sights of the city and you will easily learn a lot of interesting facts about Mozart and his hometown. You start directly in front of Mozart's birthplace, discover the famous pedestrian zone "Getreidegasse" with its many guild signs, marvel at a large washing plant for horses, walk around the impressive cathedral and study the Mozart monument in the heart of the city. On the opposite bank of the Salzach River, you'll pass a brightly painted house and Mozart's residence. Finally you’ll explore the beautiful Mirabell Garden. The entire route stretches for about 3 kilometers. The end of the route is about a fifteen-minute walk from the starting point ... a map to easily find your way back to Mozart’s birthplace is included in the materials. The tour can be paused at any time and continued another time. Although the route is predefined, you'll have to figure it out first.... by puzzling your way from station to station. The game works completely analog with envelopes, each marked with a number code. Only if you solve the riddles and tasks of one envelope correctly, you will find out with which code envelope the scavenger hunt continues. And in it you’ll find the next tasks ... and so on... until you reach your final destination and the story comes to a happy end! The tasks are suitable for children who can already handle letters and numbers, younger ones can be helped by parents. Of course, you can enjoy your scavenger hunt in the closest family circle. But it's more fun in a group! 2-5 children are recommended, accompanied by at least one trusted adult. And please feel free to take grandma and grandpa along as well ... they will surely enjoy quality time together with their grandchildren! So, let’s discover Salzburg in a fun and educational way during an entertaining scavenger hunt on foot. Solve the tasks at your own pace and admire all the important sights in the venerable town of Salzburg. No smartphone needed! (Except to take photos and listen to some lovely Mozart music during your walk…) Order one box for the whole group/family (recommended for up to 6-8 persons). Or buy a box as a perfect present for your loved ones! Currently only available in German.

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What people are saying about Pferdeschwemme

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 254 reviews

It was a nice long trip , almost 13 hours. The drive was very scenic and one could absorb a lot of the Austrian countryside. The guide was very knowledgeable and the bus driver was very adept in his driving skills and a very safe driver. There were two stops while going to wards Salzburg and one stop while returning back . Adequate free time was given at Salzburg to explore the town. Have come back with fond memories. Highly recommend this trip

Even though the day was very long (13 hours) the guide Thomas was super, he was very knowledgable and light hearted. Two rest stops on the way there and one on the way back. Be prepared for a long but very enjoyable day.

it's an amazing journey and the destination. good part is the tour guide Lilly she put the things in a story telling way and provide the information throughout

Thomas was such a character. Very informative, funny. Weather was fab, always a bonus. Nice small group.

Excellent Tour guide Thomas experienced knowledgeable and approachable.