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Salzburg

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

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Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

1. Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

Enjoy a culinary and musical delight; hear the classic piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" over the rooftops of the Mozart city of Salzburg. Begin your evening with a romantic 3-course dinner in the exclusive Panorama Restaurant, which is located at the fortress and overlooks the old city of Salzburg and its surroundings. Then, hear Mozart's most beloved work as well as other masterpieces by the famous Classical composer, interpreted by internationally-renowned soloists. Experience a truly exceptional atmosphere at the 900-year-old fortress and enjoy a unique view of Salzburg and its vicinity. After the concert, experience Mozart's city at twilight as the evening comes to an end. During Advent and Christmas Time, you will also be enchanted by traditional Salzburg Christmas Carols. Classic Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • Beef consommé with vegetable julienne and dumplings or roasted corn-fed chicken on tagliatelle and seasonal vegetables with "Pinzgauer" herbal froth (choose 1) • Mozart dessert VIP Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • White wine frothy soup with roasted Marcona almonds • Beef duet: braised beef cheek and beef fillet in mushroom cream sauce on truffled mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables or local trout "miller-style" with parsley potatoes and melted butter (choose 1) • Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert

2. 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.

Original Sound of Music Tour

3. 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. Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will show you the architectural and historical landmarks of the city and the picturesque Lake District. You’ll visit 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 Card: Free Admission and Free Rides

4. Salzburg Card: Free Admission and Free Rides

Anyone who wants to spend their well-earned holiday in beautiful Salzburg is sure to love the top-notch Salzburg Card. This little gem features plenty of great perks and benefits to make your vacation easier and ensure a relaxed visit to this beautiful city. The Salzburg Card not only gives you free admission to all of the city's museums, but also includes unlimited use of all means of public transportation, including the fortress funicular and Untersberg Cable Car, as well as the impressive panorama boat which offers fantastic picturesque views from the Salzach river. You can also expect a number of discounts and other perks at concerts, theater, and even destinations outside Salzburg.

Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt from Salzburg

5. Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt from Salzburg

Start the 5-hour 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 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

6. 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: Mozart Concert with Dinner

7. Salzburg: Mozart Concert with Dinner

Enjoy a fantastic 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 and wonderful compositions from 3 of his greatest operas. Concert starts at 7:30 PM 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

Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

8. 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

9. 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: Boat Ride on the Salzach

10. 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.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Salzburg?

    With a population of under 150,000, Salzburg is a relatively small town. You'd be able to see most of the city's highlights in a day if you're hustling. But take it easy, and leave enough time to get your strudel on! Three days is recommended, especially if you plan to take a daytrip to Hellbrunn Palace or elsewhere.

  • Where to stay?

    Salzburg is brimming with great hotels and top notch hostels, so take your pick! Do yourself a favor and find a cozy spot on either side of the river, close to the city center.

Good to know

  • Language
    Austrian German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +43
  • Best time to visit
    Summer & Fall

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What people are saying about Salzburg

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,550 reviews

The trip was great! We had 30 min delay, though is was forgotten by what came after - The town was beautiful! but the way there and back was the best for me. They thought about everything to make it as full as possible, with 2 different beautiful ways to the town and back. The views were incredible, the bus rides were an attraction one his own. The guide was a wonderful, calming elderly German men, that gave nice facts and stories along the way. A mandatory tour if you near by!

Absolutely loved this tour! We saw a lot in the time allocated. Our guide was great, had a good sense of humour and kept us entertained with lots of interesting information about the film. If you enjoyed the movie, put this on your to-do list when you visit Salzburg.

I didn’t think I would enjoy the music ( not a fan) but it was wonderful and entertaining .

Great experience, wonderful guide! Be sure to carry your passport and vaccine documents.

Glad to take this tour to Hallstatt. Less than 1.5hr one way is quite tolerable.