Residenzplatz, Salzburg: Our most recommended tours and activities

Salzburg: Sound of Music Sightseeing Walk with Audio Guide

1. Salzburg: Sound of Music Sightseeing Walk with Audio Guide

Explore Salzburg from the perspective of the classic film The Sound of Music, stopping by famous landmarks and locations that feature in the film. Experience the movie in a new way in this immersive activity, which uses an app-based audio guide with GPS technology.  Start the activity at Mozart Bridge, a notable location of the film. Stroll into the Old Town to see the Cathedral and St Peter’s Monastery. Next, pass through Green Market, and learn about its significance in the film as well as in Austria’s history.  You’ll pass the Horse’s Pond mural and spy Mönchsberg mountain before crossing the padlock bridge over the Salzach River. Learn about the Landestheater, and see the Hotel Bristol where the cast stayed during filming.  Visit the 17th-century Pegasus Fountain and the Dwarf Garden of Mirabell Palace, before finishing the activity at the infamous Do Re Mi steps. Along your route, you’ll learn about Salzburg’s history and hear behind-the-scenes stories from the set of The Sound of Music. The guide uses GPS technology to follow your pace and play the appropriate audio tracks as you go, so you can focus on the sights around you.

From Vienna: Sound of Movies Musical Tour to Salzburg

2. From Vienna: Sound of Movies Musical Tour to Salzburg

Start your trip in the idyllic scenery of the Austrian Alps. See Alpine landscapes of lake Mondsee, chosen by the director of The Sound of Music as an ideal location for Maria's wedding. On the way to Salzburg, take the chance to snap great pictures of the beautiful lakes and peaks. See the picturesque Hourse Pond shot in the film and Residence Square's famous Residence Fountain, the most famous fountain in the city, chosen for the I Have Confidence in Me song. Take pictures of the Summer Riding School where the von Trapp family took part in the world-famous Salzburg music festival, and enjoy the silence of the oldest cemetery in Austria at the Saint Peter's Monastery, where the von Trapp family found a secure hiding place before escaping to Italy. See Nonnberg Nunnery on the hill from the outside, and enjoy witnessing the oldest nunnery in Europe which became famous thanks to the voice of Maria Kutschera, whose story served as inspiration for the Sound of Music movie. Take a stroll through the magnificent Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children danced around the Pegasus Fountain singing the song Do-re-mi. In the summertime, enjoy the fresh air in Hellbrunn Park, and see the famous Gazebo keeping the secret of Liesl's first kiss.

Salzburg: City Exploration Game and Tour

3. 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: Private City Highlight Tour with a Guide

4. Salzburg: Private City Highlight Tour with a Guide

Take a walk through the Mirabell Garden and enjoy a beautiful view of the garden and the Fortress Hohensalzburg. Walk to the Salzach river and into the old town of Salzburg to the shopping street Getreidegasse. Learn about the "white gold" and how it influenced the development of Salzburg. Explore the historical city centre which lays between the river and the Mönchsberg. Take a walk along the shopping street. Find beautifully wrought iron signs, arts and craft shops between famous name brands along the narrow street. Spoil yourself with a shopping spree in Getreidegasse after the tour. Mozarts Birthplace is right in the centre of Getreidegasse. Most people stop in front of the big yellow house or choose to visit the Museum. Listen to facts about the Mozart family, their life and career, their faith and their heritage. Continue through an alleyway to one of the most fun places in Salzburg - the Farmers Market at the University square. This big, baroque church forms an impressive backdrop for the food stands. Do not hesitate to try the local cheese, sausages, fruits and pretzels with some local beer or fresh water. The Old Market square is surrounded by shops and famous coffee houses. This is a place to enjoy the rest of your day after the tour with a cup of good coffee and freshly made apple strudel. It is time to walk to the Residenzplatz. The architecture changes all of a sudden. The small streets and the shops are replaced with big spacious squares, a big Residence fountain in the centre of the square, the Old Residenz and the New Residenz, the Dom square and the Chapter square. Most buildings hold precious treasures and art of Salzburg's history, definitely worth to visit. Take a look into the Salzburg Dom and find many frescos, altars and organs. The crypt holds many graves from the former Prince-Archbishops and even modern art in a 12th-century apsis. On the way out find the baptismal where W.A.Mozart was baptized. At the end of the tour take the funicular to the top of the fortress Hohensalzburg and enjoy the view into Salzburg. From this over 900-year-old fortress, you can even view the Northern Limestone Alps and on a very clear day, you can see the Eagles Nest in the far distance. This tour will give you the insider’s view of the city with tips on how to get the most out of your vacation here. You will learn lots of historical facts along with a few funny anecdotes about Salzburg. Then it is time to enjoy the buzz of the city on your own.

Salzburg: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour with a Photographer

5. Salzburg: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour with a Photographer

After meeting your guide, the first part of the tour deals with general information about the town, an introduction into baroque architecture and a wonderful walk through the gardens of the Mirabell Palace. Afterwards the route heads towards the Kapuzinerberg mountain, from where you will have the best view of the medieval fortress Festung Hohensalzburg. The next part of the tour will pass the romantic alley of the Steingasse before crossing the bridge in order to enter the bustling Getreidegasse road, the place where the most famous son of the city was born, namely Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Small little alleyways will finally lead us to our final destination, the formal church district, with its pompous baroque architecture. During the whole tour, the guide will take pictures of your experience and provide at least 25 edited pictures via Dropbox link on the same day the tour takes place.

Salzburg: Skip-the-line Hohensalzburg Fortress Tour

6. Salzburg: Skip-the-line Hohensalzburg Fortress Tour

The all-inclusive ticket to the Hohensalzburg Fortress grants you access to all areas of one of the most visited attractions in Austria without waiting in line at the ticket office. Join our 5-Star Private Guide on a guided tour of the hilltop castle to discover its rich history, impressive architecture and breathtaking views. Experience medieval Salzburg in all its glory! Choose the 2-hour option to visit the magnificent Hohensalzburg Fortress. For your convenience, your Private Guide will pick you up from your accommodation or the designated meeting point in Salzburg’s Old Town. Together, you will take a funicular ride to the castle on the hill at an altitude of 506 m above sea level. It will be an unforgettable experience with amazing views of Salzburg and the surrounding mountains and forests. With the all-inclusive skip-the-line tickets to the Hohensalzburg Fortress you can fast track your entry and explore the whole complex. This includes the most expensive part of the main castle, the Princes' chambers. Your Expert Guide will introduce you to the generations of prince-bishops who lived here, and show you the opulent Golden Hall, Golden Chamber and Bedchamber. You will also see the chapel, armory house, battalions, Fortress Museum, Marionette Museum, Magic. Look back at over 1,000 years of Salzburg’s history and legends from the past. After your guided tour you can descend the mountain at any time by funicular. Choose the 4-hour option to visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress and see other attractions of Salzburg. On this extended walking tour you will discover the sacred treasures inside the stunning Baroque Salzburg Cathedral and stroll around the Old Town to discover the traces of Mozart, who was born and grew up in Salzburg. Explore the elegant Mozartplatz and Residenzplatz and discover the best things to do in Salzburg!

Salzburg: Private City and Surroundings Guided Bike Tour

7. Salzburg: Private City and Surroundings Guided Bike Tour

Start your journey of discovery at the bike rental location. Ride along the river to the Müllner Steg bridge - One of the most beautiful views of the old town. Immediately thereafter, ride to the Palace Mirabell and enjoy the view over the Mirabell garden to the Festung Hohensalzburg - a well-known motif, but always impressive. The bike tour continues to Salzburg Festspielhaus, Salzburg Dom,Domplatz and Residenzplatz. Passing the fortress from below follow the bike lane along the Salzach to Nonnberg Abbey. Stop to view the 8th century old female convent Nonnberg Abbey. Small side streets and cycle paths lead to the shady Hellbrunner Allee. Enjoy this shady 2.8km long path lined with old trees. Pass stately homes such as the impressive Schloss Freisaal and Schloss Fronburg and end at the magnificent Hellbrunn Palace. During a short stop in the Park of Hellbrunn Palace you can get some culinary refreshments, marvel at modern art in the park or simply enjoy the over 400-year-old complex with the beautiful Palace and colorful flowers. The journey continues to various residential districts with views of the Untersberg to the Leopoldskron Palace. Overlooking the Untersberg, riding along the famous Almkanal water system, the path leads to Schloss Leopoldskron. Located on a little lake you find great foto opportunities. Today known as a Schloss Hotel and film location of Sound of Music, this 200 year old estate has a long interesting history. Ride back into town and treat yourself to a last look to the Alps, the Untersberg mountain and Kapuzinerberg. The tour ends at the bike rental location. Congratulations! You have successfully completed the bike tour. Time to explore some more of Salzburg on foot.

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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What people are saying about Residenzplatz, Salzburg

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 50 reviews

I enjoyed this one and love the fact that it was audio files I can use offline. I enjoyed hearing the backstory of the sound of music. We didn’t end up walking the tour but driving where we could instead. We had our teething 7 month old with us and it was nasty weather so we chose not to walk it. That made it more challenging to see all the sights though. Only thing I wish was there was pictures of the sights as well, that way I could verify what I was looking at. I loved having access to the map but pictures of the sights would’ve helped me out more. But I guess if you actually walk the tour, you’d be able to see the sights in person! Haha!

was an absolutely amazing tour with numerous stops along the way to Salzburg that allowed you to see beautiful views of the Austrian Alps and the surrounding lakes. The tour in Salzburg was an amazing walk filled with great views and interesting facts. The stops to view the movie scenes were just the right length of time and definitely worth the entire day tour. The tour, two tour guides and the drive made this a 5-star experience. The only downside is that we listened to only 2 Sound of Music songs on the entire 14 hour journey.

Our guide, Christine and Natasha were amazing. Very funny and entertaining. The ride was long but the planned stops in between definitely made the ride easier. The places were beautiful and when the guide throws in the humour, it makes it very fun to walkabout. The other traveler were also really entertaining and friendly. LOVE IT!

Heidi was a fantastic guide that really brought the history of Salzburg to life. She adapted to our interests during tour and her knowledge is amazing. The tour greatly enhanced our stay and we would highly recommend.

The tour was great! Thanks to Edwin, the pictures turned out really great!