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Things to do in Salzburg

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

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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..

Salzburg: Mozart Concert at Mirabell Palace

2. 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.

From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

3. 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, where you’ll see the Gosau Lake and admire the views of the Dachtsein mountains.

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

4. 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 menuMini bread rolls with 2 different spreadsConsommé of beef with semolina dumplingCorn chicken supréme with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables"Mozart" dessert*Vegetarian options are available upon request VIP dinner menu Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads White wine soup with roasted Marcona almonds Sous vide cooked short rips from local beef on truffled mashed potatoes and grilled tomato de Roma or Salzburger gold trout "müllerin art" with rosemary potatoes Salzburger Nockerl Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries *Vegetarian options are available upon request

Salzburg: Mozart Concert with Dinner

5. Salzburg: Mozart Concert with Dinner

Experience a fantastic combination of a delicious 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 compositions from 3 of his greatest operas. Concert starts at 7:30 PM Box office and 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

Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

6. Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

Explore the Berchtesgaden Salt Mines with this guided tour. Sail access an underground lake aboard a raft. Visit the Austrian border town of Berchtesgaden on this day trip before returning to Salzburg by bus.   Hop aboard the comfortable and airconditioned bus at the centrally-located meeting point in Mirabellplatz. Sit back and relax on the drive through the countryside to the salt mines of Berchtesgaden. Get fitted with overalls to protect your clothing before climbing aboard the mine railway and traveling down into the shafts. Follow your guide thorugh a maze of branching tunnels and hear about the fascinating history of Alpine salt-mining. Travel deeper underground with a thrilling slide ride to the bottom of the mine. Climb aboard a raft to journey across the extraordinary underground salt lake. Head to Berchtesgaden before heading back to Salzburg to enjoy the charm of this rustic town with alpine views.

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert

7. 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.

Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress Admission Ticket

8. 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

9. 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: The Magic Flute at Marionette Theater Ticket

10. Salzburg: The Magic Flute at Marionette Theater Ticket

Step into the historic Marionette Theater in Salzburg for a funky production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Watch this fun adaptation of the composer's most famous opera, performed by masterful puppeteers for people of all ages. Choose between the 1 and 2-hour show versions. Discover this iconic miniature opera house, listed as one of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage sites, and admire the interior of its 350-seat Baroque-style auditorium. Enjoy a unique live experience full of singing, dancing, and lots of surprises. Watch a group of professional puppeteers showcase their abilities in musicality and manual skills with this special play. Immerse yourself in the world of Mozart with an exciting twist, in a show that will surely be loved by every member of the family.

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An excellent and heart-warming Christmas surprise, neatly gift-wrapped with incredible charm! The musicians are world-class. Their passion and love for their music is reflected with the vim and vigor with which Vivaldi was performed. The soloists were unparalleled, the music hall at Mirabel Palace is like something from a Baroque dream, and the meal served beforehand made this a Christmas gift that will forever be remembered. Unforgettable. Highly recommend this item for anyone visiting Salzburg, and wishing to feel like royalty, even if only for a couple of hours!

Unique experience in the Marble Hall. Beautiful environment and atmosphere. Very high level musicians.

Really enjoyable day out. Guide very knowledgeable. Fab places of interest. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Not only was the show fantastic but the staff were all so kind and helpful.

An enchanting, beautiful trip, the super friendly guide, worth knowing