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From Salzburg: Romantic Sleigh Ride through the Countryside

1. From Salzburg: Romantic Sleigh Ride through the Countryside

Experience Salzburg's magical snowscape in a novel, unique, and above all, a romantic way. This half-day excursion will take you out of the city to the picturesque village of St Wolfgang. Your horse-drawn sleigh or horse-and-carriage will take you onwards through a winter paradise along breath-taking Lake Wolfgang and romantic woodland. Snuggle down under a warm blanket and enjoy viewing the fairytale landscape in a time-honored way. Afterward, there will still be time for exploring the picturesque town of St Wolfgang having a coffee break, visiting the famous Christmas markets (seasonal), or just by taking a stroll along the lake. If there is no snow, you can nevertheless take a ride in a horse-and-carriage, a wondrous trip through the dreamy countryside around Salzburg that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

From Salzburg: 8-Hour Tour with Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

2. From Salzburg: 8-Hour Tour with Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Discover the beautiful winter landscape of Styria on a magical day trip from Salzburg to Ramsau am Dachstein. Start the day with a drive along the Salzach Valley, passing a number of famous ski destinations all the way to Schladming. From here you will continue on to the sunny high Alpine plateau. Here you can admire the wonderful views of the picturesque snow-covered landscape. After a refreshing walk through the romantic town, your tour guide will be happy to give you tips on where to enjoy lunch. The horse-drawn sleigh ride through the idyllic winter landscape begins around 13:00. Let yourself be enchanted by the snow-white woods and meadows as you pass by at a leisurely pace.

Salzburg: Christmas Advent Concert with Dinner

3. Salzburg: Christmas Advent Concert with Dinner

Attend a Christmas concert of music by Mozart, Haydn, Bach, and other legendary composers at the historic Hohensalzburg Fortress, perched high above Salzburg. Ride the funicular for free to listen to masterpieces in a magnificent setting. Feast on a holiday menu with your choice of chicken, fish, or vegetarian dishes. Concert Program: • W. A. Mozart: Salzburg Symphony • J. Haydn: Serenade • J. S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins and Strings • A. Vivaldi: Harp Concerto and Guitar Concerto • Advent music from the Salzburg countryside Classic Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • Consommé of beef with semolina dumpling • Corn chicken supréme with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables • Mozart dessert 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 truffle mashed potatoes and grilled Roma tomato or • Salzburger gold trout müllerin art (Miller style) with rosemary potatoes • Salzburger Nockerl (soufflé with vanilla cream and berries) *Vegetarian options are available upon request

Silent Night Oberndorf Christmas Eve Tour from Salzburg

4. Silent Night Oberndorf Christmas Eve Tour from Salzburg

Enjoy an unforgettable Christmas Eve! This 4 hour excursion to Oberndorf, near Salzburg, will make this Christmas one you will never forget: for in Oberndorf stands the Silent Night Chapel, where the famous carol was first performed. According to the legend, it was here that Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber, the lyricist and composer, found themselves faced with the problem of a broken organ. Mohr remembered the poem, Silent Night, which he had written two years previously, and Gruber wrote out a simple tune that he could play on the guitar. And that was how the famous song was born. It is traditional in Salzburg and the regions around it, upper Austria, Bavaria and Tirol, to turn out all the electric lights on Christmas Eve. The church will be lit only by candlelight. There is no more heartwarming place to take part in the Christmas festivities than the Oberndorf Chapel. Of course, the proceedings end with Silent Night , and whatsmore, in several languages. Before visiting the chapel, a knowledgeable guide will accompany you along the Salzach, through the snowy foothills of the Alps.

Christmas Concert at Fortress Hohensalzburg

5. Christmas Concert at Fortress Hohensalzburg

The impressive Advent and Christmas concerts on Fortress Hohensalzburg are truly unique. The way through the festively illuminated Salzburger Christmas market ensures for an enchanting start to this special concert evening. The magical atmosphere on the world-famous fortress with a view of the city and its surroundings combined with the artistic quality of the performing ensemble make for an unforgettable concert experience. During the Christmas concerts, musical treasures from W.A. Mozart and his contemporaries as well as traditional Advent music from the countryside of Salzburg are performed.

From Salzburg: Private Oberndorf Silent Night Christmas Tour

6. From Salzburg: Private Oberndorf Silent Night Christmas Tour

Warm up for the Christmas season on a private tour to Oberndorf bei Salzburg, to explore the origins of the world-famous Silent Night, Holy Night carol. Since this amazing X´mas carol was born in 1818 in Salzburg´s province, Oberndorf, it has been dedicated to a message of peace in the world. This private tour will start at your hotel in Salzburg. With a professional guide, vehicle, and driver for your group, you'll drive to the town of Oberndorf, enjoying views of the wintery landscape and a lake along the way. Learn the history of the carol's creators, and how the song became a hit around the world. In 2011, the carol was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. With a selection of special activities, this tour will be a trip to remember. Visit the Silent Night Chapel, the site of the songs' world premiere, and the related museum. See the Pilgrimage Church, wander around a Christmas market, and visit a special Post Office. There is much to see, hear, sing and enjoy.

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Fabulous tour and Christmas markets at Wolfgang and St Gilgen, Would have prefered an extra hour more to Wolfgang as never got to see in the Church and missed half the stalls due to queuing at other places for too long. But loved the Wolfgang story, and all the history about the salt mines really fascinating, and our tour guide was fantastic. Lovely lady who was so knowledgeable, and made our trip that little bit more extra special. We didnt mind not being picked up at St Gilgen otherwise we would have missed out on so much more.

A nice meal in a restaurant that was not overcrowded and with beautiful views from the window by our table. The meal was well presented and unhurried. The service staff were possibly short staffed as service was strangely out of keeping with the event. Our bottle of white wine was left by a radiator without comment while the waitress addressed another table. She returned around 10 minutes later and seemed surprised that we had moved the wine and even opened it! The concert was fine for the occasion and an undemanding audience

Very great experience even if there is no snow : it is always a good time to go to the mountains and see the majesty of the Tyrol

The activity was quite good and the stops and hotels where they stop for the break had good options even for vegetarian people.

Best string concert I have ever attended. The setting and atmosphere were wonderful, and the musicians were outstanding.