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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: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour

2. Salzburg: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know Salzburg at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Salzburg’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day.Learn interesting information about the attractions and the city. You can start playing anytime, the schedule is indicative. 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: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

3. Salzburg: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

See the sights of Salzburg on a full-day tour from Vienna, with optional drop off for those who want to stay the night. Traveling in small groups of no more than 8 people, the intimate tour will take you through the breathtaking scenery of the Vienna Woods, with the peaks of the Alps in the distance, and on to the stunning Austrian lake district. Stop by picture-postcard Lake Attersee and visit the charming alpine village of St. Gilgen at lake Wolfgangsee, a famous location in the hit movie "The Sound of Music." Upon arrival in Salzburg, discover Salzburg's UNESCO-listed Old Town with your guide on a leisurely walking tour. Hear intriguing stories about the city's famous inhabitants as you pass Mozart's birthplace, the colorful gardens of Mirabell Palace, the cemetery of the Abbey of St. Peter, Salzburg Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace. Spend the afternoon in Salzburg with plenty of free time to purchase lunch and wander Mozart town on your own before making the journey back to Vienna with your driver.

DomQuartier Day Ticket incl. Audio Guide

4. DomQuartier Day Ticket incl. Audio Guide

Discover Baroque power and splendor across 15,000 square meters with 2,000 magnificent exhibits from 1300 turbulent years. The cathedral and Salzburg Residenz make up the historical center of the city. However, the passages between the archiepiscopal palace, the cathedral oratory, as well as the Kunstkammer and the art galleries were closed or walled off for 200 years. With the establishment of the DomQuartier, the original unity of the cathedral and Residenz complex was restored. A tour of the complex allows you to discover new views of the city and unknown insights into the architectural buildings and Baroque treasure chamber. The ensemble opened to the public on a tour for the first on 17 May 2014. Here, 134 doors opened to 2,000 exhibits from 1300 years of art and culture across 15,000 square meters. The idea of the tour through the DomQuartier goes back to Prince Archbishop Guidobald von Thun. He was one of the most important builders of the Baroque period in Salzburg. During his 14-year reign (1654 – 1668), he decisively shaped the image of the city. He built the cathedral arches, the Residenz and cathedral squares, and the art gallery (now the Long Gallery at St. Peter’s Abbey). He also created the passageways between the cathedral and the Residenz as well as St. Peter’s Abbey. After the dissolution of the Prince Archbishopric of Salzburg in 1803, the unity of the cathedral and the Residenz was lost. However, it has now been reconstructed after 200 years. First up, tour the State Rooms of the Salzburg Residenz Palace, home to the prince archbishops’ living quarters and official seat. Opulent interiors, extravagant stucco, and superb ceiling frescoes are witnesses to the mission of the rulers to present themselves in a magnificent way. You then continue on to the Residenz Gallery, which displays European paintings from the 16th to the 19th century with a clear focus on the Baroque period. The subsequent Cathedral Arches Terrace combines the secular with the spiritual center: the Salzburg Cathedral. A magnificent view of the city opens up from the Cathedral Arches Terrace – as it were between heaven and earth. The original structure of the North Oratory of the cathedral will be recorded in the future with special exhibitions. Initially, the Salzburg Museum with the Rossacher collection is a guest. The organ loft, which offers an impressive view of the cathedral, leads the way to the Cathedral Museum, the Kunstkammer, the Long Gallery, and the Museum St. Peter in the newly adapted Wallistrakt. After looking into the Gothic choir of the Franciscan Church, the tour ends in the magnificent Carabinieri Hall of the Salzburg Residenz. In addition to the works of art from the Residenz Gallery, the Cathedral Museum, and Salzburg Museum, St. Peter’s Abbey displays its treasures for the first time in a specially designed permanent museum. The Benedictine monastery of St. Peter, located immediately adjacent to the cathedral and Residenz complex, is considered the oldest continuously running monastery in the German-speaking countries and was instrumental in the development of cultural and intellectual life in Salzburg. The abbey has an art collection with an estimated 40,000 exhibits. The most beautiful objects are presented in the newly founded Museum St. Peter for the first time since 1982.

Salzburg: City Exploration Game and Tour

5. 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: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

6. Salzburg: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. 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: City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone

7. Salzburg: City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone

You’re looking for a fun way to explore the city at your own pace? Then, this city-exploration game is made for you! You’ll entertain all your group with interesting questions, while still teaching them fun facts about the city. Your mission (should you choose to accept it): Jackson Wilde, the famous city-explorer, needs your help… Help him solve quizzes to gather as many points as possible. With this activity, you will be guided through the following locations: 1. Mirabell Palace 2. Pferdeschwemme 3. Mozart's Birth House 4. Residenzplatz 5. Cathedral 6. Collegiate Church of St. Peter 7. Kapitelplatz 8. Nonnberg Abbey 9. Hohensalzburg Fortress Download the app on Android or iOS (or access it directly through your browser) to get access to a fun mission, multiple quizzes, as well as city guides about each monument. So, are you ready to explore Salzburg?

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

8. 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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4.5
(32 reviews)

I really enjoyed listening to the guide's stories, walking around the city, and shopping. I think it would have been better if I had had a little more free time there.

All day trip. Was nice to see Salzburg but like many other reviews states, there is not a lot of time. Still glad we made the trip. The sights were beautiful!

The tour guide is very patient and will explain every single details to each of us. He is very helpful, and the tour was amazing!

Excellent. The guide Karl, was really engaging and informative

More information along the tour, slightly longer tour.