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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 Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

2. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

Embark on a half-day scenic tour through the Salzkammergut to Hallstatt. See the town of Hallstatt on a guided tour and explore at your own pace after. Admire the Mullbach waterfall and the Bone House. Start the 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, please make your own arrangements and also considering an hour timewise from your 2.5 hours stay in Hallstatt.   On arrival in Hallstatt, enjoy 2.5 hours of free time to take in the sights. Take a leisurely walk along the lake and marvel at 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 and admire the views of the Dachtsein mountains.

Salzburg: Mozart Concert at Mirabell Palace

3. Salzburg: Mozart 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: Hohensalzburg Fortress Admission Ticket

4. Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress Admission Ticket

Your visit to Salzburg Fortress starts with either a beautiful 20-30 minute walk or a quick and comfortable ride on Austria's oldest funicular (depending on tour option selected). Today you will find an ultra modern rail system instead of the original funicular, which was powered by water and transported people up and down the hill as early as 1892. Upon arrival at the top of the hill, experience a unique view over the Archbishop's city and the breathtaking landscape of Salzburg's mountains. Soak up the scenery, take photos, then continue with your visit to the medieval fortification complex, representing 900 years of building history. During your self-guided visit, explore all different parts of the castle and see why it was unconquered for more than 1000 years. Interact with models showing the various types of attack and defense practiced in a medieval fortress. Enjoy another highlight when you visit the Prince's Chambers, which ranks among the best-preserved secular buildings of the Gothic period. While walking through the complex, you'll always identify new views over the city and find many hidden corners of the castle just waiting to be discovered.

Salzburg Cathedral: Organ Concert at Midday

5. Salzburg Cathedral: Organ Concert at Midday

Experience the pure baroque spectacle of an organ concert inside one of Salzburg, Austria's major attractions. Listen to this midday performance and hark back to the days of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Hear the toll of the noon-time bells, and get ready for the sounds of Salzburg Cathedral's seven organs. Look up at the imposing dome which dominates the cityscape. See the marble facade and feel transported back through time. Step into the interior of the cathedral and admire its purity of style. Feel the special light effect in the muted nave. Affirm faith in the light-flooded sanctuary, before concluding this short afternoon concert.

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

6. Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

Enjoy arrival and departure on the funicular railway to hear the classic piece "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" while you enjoy a romantic dinner and concert in Salzburg. Admire the views from the Mozart fortress. Begin your evening with a romantic 3-course dinner. Experience a truly exceptional atmosphere at the 900-year-old fortress. Dine in the exclusive Panorama Restaurant, which is located at the fortress and overlooks the old city of Salzburg. Next, hear Mozart's most beloved work as well as other masterpieces by the famous classical composer, interpreted by internationally-renowned soloists. After the concert, experience Mozart's city at twilight as the evening comes to an end. Classic Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • Consommé of beef with semolina dumpling • Corn chicken breast supreme with truffle mashed potatoes & fruity sauce • Mozart dessert VIP Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • White wine soup with roasted Marcona almonds • Sous vide cooked short ribs from local beef on truffled peas mashed potatoes and grilled "tomato de Roma" or • Salzburger trout fillet „Müllerin Art“ with parlsey potatoes • Salzburger Nockerl - Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream & berries *Vegetarian/vegan/allergy requests, please address these directly to the service staff in the restaurant. Menus subject to changes! Salzburger Mozart Ensemble Extract from the program W.A.MOZART: "A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC" W.A.MOZART: Piano Quartet J. HAYDN: String Quartet W.A.MOZART: Clarinet Quintet F.SCHUBERT: Trout Quintet A.DVORAK: Waltzes J.STRAUSS: Waltzes, Polka and more Mozart Kammerorchester Salzburg May to October every Thursday, Friday, Saturday Taking place in the most magnificent room in the city - the Golden Hall in the 900 year-old Fortress Hohensalzburg - the "Mozart - Strauss Orchestra Concerts" are unique to Salzburg. The Mozart Chamber Orchestra of Salzburg is a highly professional and internationally sought-after chamber orchestra and plays in a line-up which regularly shifts in size. Deeply steeped in tradition, it predominantly performs the musical treasures of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. Extract from the program: W. A. MOZART: "A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC" W. A. MOZART: Symphony KV 138 W. A. MOZART: Piano Concert J.S. BACH: Concert for 2 Violins J. STRAUSS: Waltzes, Polka and more The program is subject to modification.

From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

7. From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

Visit the hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on a full-day tour from Munich. Travel by train and in the imperial city, visit his place of birth (optional), his residence, the streets he walked, and the cafés he drank in. Salzburg is also one of the most popular set-jetting destinations in the world for one simple reason, “The Sound of Music.” Visit sites you will remember from the silver screen such as the beautiful Mirabelle Gardens where Julie Andrews and the children were filmed singing “Do-Re-Mi.” An expert guide will take you on a train ride from Munich to Austria. You will be provided with a map and get a 1.5-hour orientation tour through the major sites.  Explore one of the finest preserved medieval old towns in Europe, crisscrossed with romantic winding shopping streets and venerable market places adorned with outstanding architectural monuments of the later baroque era. See piazzas and fountains, the stunning Domkirche Cathedral, pleasure gardens, palaces, and churches, monasteries and catacombs, and confectionaries and patisseries. You will also go to the oldest restaurant on the continent. You will then have 3 hours to explore the city for yourself, before meeting up for the return journey. During your free time, you can visit the breathtaking 900-year-old fortress Festung Hohensalzburg, the magnificent edifice that dominates the city's skyline, itself framed by the spectacular encirclement of mountains stretching into the horizon. 

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 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: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert

9. 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. Salzburger Mozart Ensemble Extract from the program W.A.MOZART: “A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC” W.A.MOZART: Piano Quartet J. HAYDN: String Quartet W.A.MOZART: Clarinet Quintet F.SCHUBERT: Trout Quintet A.DVORAK: Waltzes J.STRAUSS: Waltzes, Polka and more Mozart Kammerorchester Salzburg May to October every Thursday, Friday, Saturday Taking place in the most magnificent room in the city - the Golden Hall in the 900 year-old Fortress Hohensalzburg - the "Mozart - Strauss Orchestra Concerts" are unique to Salzburg. The Mozart Chamber Orchestra of Salzburg is a highly professional and internationally sought-after chamber orchestra and plays in a line-up which regularly shifts in size. Deeply steeped in tradition, it predominantly performs the musical treasures of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. Extract from the program: W. A. MOZART: „A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC“ W. A. MOZART: Symphony KV 138 W. A. MOZART: Piano Concert J.S. BACH: Concert for 2 Violins J. STRAUSS: Waltzes, Polka and more The program is subject to modification.

Salzburg: Amphibious Audio Guided Tour on Land and Water

10. Salzburg: Amphibious Audio Guided Tour on Land and Water

Experience an unforgettable city trip as you board a one-of-a-kind Amphibian vehicle specially built for Salzburg. Explore the enchanting area around Mirabell Palace, one of the most popular and beautiful wedding venues. See Mozart’s residence, Leopoldskron Palace with its stunning lake, world-famous due to the scenes filmed for The Sound of Music. Pass through old districts such as Mülln, and many other interesting areas. Splashdown into the Salzach river that flows through the center of Salzburg and experiences the sights from the water. This is no ordinary tour, but a magical sightseeing experience. Enjoy live commentary as well as an additional 8 languages on your audio guide which provide insightful commentary on truly fascinating surroundings.

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We took a day trip from Vienna to Salzburg. It was our first time in Salzburg & though the weather didn’t work out in our favor, experiencing this midday organ concert was incredible. Experiencing this was one of the highlights of our day & we highly recommend it. You can take photos & video record- however I will say, it was very distracting. So many people had their phones out which really took away from the experience. The concert was 30 min as advertised which was the perfect amount of time. Thank you for this wonderful addition to our trip.

Loved the state rooms! Medieval beauty- the paintings are wonderful. Also loved the paintings by WW1 artist 😢 The views are magnificent and the educational information is great. It really made me understand the wealth that salt brought to Salzburg! Loved the funicular ride too. Get the all inclusive tour. Great day

Our day trip was very exciting. After the train ride which took about 2 hrs we arrived in Salzburg. Our guide told us about the history of Salzburg and showed us the most interesting places. Afterwards we got plenty of time to visit the city on our own.

Great experience. Our driver Ivan was amazing, helpful, informative, flexible and made our trip nice and smooth. We spent more time in Hallstatt which was a heaven on earth. Highly recommended. Ask for Ivan.

richard was very accomodating and funny. Peter was too