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Salzburg Card: Free Admission and Free Rides

1. 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.

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Original Sound of Music Tour

2. 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.

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Salzburg: Mozart Concert with Dinner

3. 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

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Salzburg 2.5-Hour Walking Tour: Mozart, Old Town & More

4. Salzburg 2.5-Hour Walking Tour: Mozart, Old Town & More

Explore the heart of the city of Salzburg. Starting at Palace Mirabell, you will explore the sights here. The palace was built under the reign of the famous baroque prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Reitenau for his mistress Salome Alt and their 15 children. At the Makartplatz, next to the Palace Mirabell, you will see the Mozart Residence. You will explore the New Town and this side of the river before crossing the bridge “Makartsteg” to arrive at the Old Town of Salzburg. While here we will get to Salzburg’s most famous street, the Getreidegasse, which is especially renowned for its wrought iron trade signs and Mozart’s Birthplace. Stroll through Salzburg’s Old Town to admire its historical buildings, such as the medieval apartments and churches that were built from the Middle Ages to the baroque time, and conclude the tour with a panoramic view from Mönchsberg Hill with a free guide (optional).

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From Vienna: Day Tour of Salzburg

5. From Vienna: Day Tour of Salzburg

On the way to the city of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth, you will be able to absorb the astonishing beauty of the Salzkammergut, an area where Emperor Franz Josef I once spent his holidays, full of mountains and lakes and a UNESCO world heritage site. Arrive just in time for lunch. A tour around the old town will show you all the most important sights of this noble city, seat of the archbishop-princes. You will take in the Cathedral, the Festival Theater, and St Peter's Church and graveyard. There, you will find the grave of Nannerl, Mozart's sister. Naturally, you will also visit the archbishops' residence and the house Mozart was born in. After that, you will see some of the places where The Sound of Music was filmed - for example, the Pferdeschwemme, or Horse Well, famous from the song "Edelweis", and the Mirabell Palace, where "Do Re Mi!" was filmed, with its beautiful views of the Hohensalzburg fortress.

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

6. 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 You also have the option of selecting a 3-route ticket allowing access to two additional routes: the bus to Gaisberg Mountain, and the bus to the Salzkammergut lakes and mountains region.

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Salzburg: Boat Ride to Hellbrunn and Palace Visit

7. 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.

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Salzburg: City Highlights Tour

8. Salzburg: City Highlights Tour

Take a magical city tour through Salzburg. Starting from Mirabell Palace, you'll be guided through the historical downtown on the left side of the Salzach river, passing one of the most famous music academies in the world - the Mozarteum and Mozart's Residence. Here you'll learn even more about the life and work of the Austrian prodigy. After crossing the city bridge, you will find yourself in the heart of the historical Baroque downtown where you can catch a view of the Salzburg Cathedral and admire the festival district. Next stop, Schloss Leopoldskron, which you may recognize from the classical film, "The Sound of Music". Lastly, you will drive by Nonnberg Abbey back to Mirabell Square where the tour will end.

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From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden

9. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden

This magical tour will start on Salzburg's charming Mirabellplatz, and take you over the Staatsbrücke, along the Salzach river past the Baroque old town, and down the Alpenstraße to the former border controls at Marktschellenberg. During the journey you'll be able to see the Königsee, and drive through the enchanting landscape of the Bavarian Alps, on your way to Obersalzberg (around 1000m above sea level.) Today, the location where Hitler had his holiday residence contains nothing but ruins. A road winds up to the place where the Kehlsteinhaus, Hitler's Eagle's Nest, once stood. The next stop is the Königsee, an azure lake encircled by steep, rugged cliffs. Allowing ample time for you to enjoy the scenery, the tour will then lead you back to Berchtesgaden, where, before your return to Salzburg, you'll be able to try out any of the enticing local delicacies on offer.

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Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

10. Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

Admire beautiful mountains on your short trip to Salzburg city. A local guide will pick you up in Salzburg and show you around. During this guided tour, discover the most significant sights, historic events, and hidden gems with your private local guide. Salzburg is more than the City of Mozart. Enjoy Mirabell Palace, and discover beautiful gardens, statues, architecture, and fountains. Explore UNESCO-protected Old Town to admire Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter's Abbey, and Collegiate Church. Also, see some “The Sound of Music” filming locations. Look at the magnificent Hohensalzburg Fortress, with its rooftop views, history, and a huge area to explore in the Main Castle. After learning about Salzburg, including tips about where to visit and eat, use your free time after a guided walking tour. Your private driver will take you to Munich safely. You will be dropped off at your accommodation or any location in Munich you wish.

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What people are saying about Salzburg

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,104 reviews

it was like a private bus tour. going through downtown salzburg, but also to two nearby castles you can`t get to on foot, with interesting historical background. the mozart birthplace doesn`t have much to see, but it was worth visiting to better understand salzburg`s musical roots

I highly recommend this tour our tour guide Bridgette was excellent always giving us so many real family stories plus the movie stories. I had a super great afternoon. So relaxing.

My experience was wonderful!!! The guide was so much fun… Paul … he made all the difference.. Very attentive and professional!!

Brilliant afternoon. Glorious scenery and very informative tour guide. Lots of facts you may not otherwise know

It was all excellent. We were able to visit the most famous places in the city, without paying anything more