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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: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

2. Salzburg: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Discover the Baroque churches of Salzburg on a private guided walking tour. Choose from a 2, 3, 4, or 6-hour tour, see Mozart's birthplace, and marvel at the beautiful Mirabell Palace Gardens. As you stroll through the quaint streets of Salzburg with your private guide, hear about the fascinating history, culture, and musical heritage of this beautiful alpine town. Book a 2-hour walking tour to see Salzburg's top sights and hidden gems. Enjoy the alpine scenery as you wander around the baroque pleasure gardens of the Mirabell Palace, a historic residence built by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich. See Mozart's former residence, birthplace, and many monuments dedicated to this great Austrian composer. Stop to admire the city's Baroque architecture, such as the stunning white walls of Kollegienkirche and Salzburg Cathedral. Book a 3-hour walking tour to see more of Salzburg and visit Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church) and the courtyard of St. Peter's Abbey. Inside the Kollegienkirche, the church of the University of Salzburg, marvel at the clean, white design, and learn about its famous organ. Finish your 3-hour tour with a visit to the courtyards of a medieval monastery complex that has served as the spiritual heart of Salzburg for more than 1,000 years. Choose the 4-hour walking tour visit to Salzburg Cathedral, Kollegienkirche, and the courtyard of St. Peter's Abbey while exploring the Old Town. Step inside the 17th-century Baroque cathedral to admire its beautiful interior with stunning frescos, a huge organ, and the baptismal font in which Mozart was baptized. Finish with a visit to the cathedral museum, which houses sacred art and other treasures. See as much of Salzburg as possible with the 6-hour tour. After visiting Salzburg Cathedral, Kollegienkirche, and the courtyard of St. Peter's Abbey, ride the funicular up to Fortress Hohensalzburg and enjoy skip-the-line tickets. Explore the historic castle and its museums with your private guide and learn about the prince-bishops who lived in this immense fortress. See the Golden Hall, Golden Chamber, and Bedchamber. Finish your tour with a visit to the Fortress Museum, Rainer Regiment Museum, Marionette Museum, and Armory.

DomQuartier Salzburg: Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

3. DomQuartier Salzburg: Entrance Ticket and 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: Sound of Music Sightseeing Walk with Audio Guide

4. 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.

Salzburg: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

5. Salzburg: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

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. Listen or 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(where the tour ends), 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

6. Salzburg Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

Hop on the van and start an incredible journey through some of Austria's most picturesque places. Before getting to Salzburg, make several stops in Austria's Lake Region, well known for the celebrated film "The Sound of Music". Discover the St. Michael basilica in Mondsee, also well-known as the filming location of the wedding scene in the movie. Experience the uniqueness of St. Gilgen, a tiny village counting among its attractions with the birth house of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s mother. Meet your local expert tour guide upon arrival in Salzburg and enjoy an informative guided walking tour covering the most remarkable landmarks of the town. Visit the Do-Re-Mi stairs from "The Sound of Music" in Mirabell gardens, discover Mozart's birth house, Salzburg Cathedral and St Peter's Abbey in the old town and taste the original Mozart chocolate balls by Fürst. Enjoy your free time after the sightseeing tour. At the end of your visit to Mozart's hometown, relax, sit back and enjoy the worry-free transfer in the minivan back to Vienna. The trip concludes with a drop-off at your hotel or private apartment.

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What people are saying about St Peter's Abbey

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 166 reviews

Thomas our guide was very informative and really had a pulse on the crowd early on New Year’s Day. I wish I could have spent even more time in Salzburg because there was much more to see. I managed to pack a lot in the 2 hrs we got to spend self exploring. Of note, I’m not sure if already stated in the description but this is an extremely long day and wouldn’t advise young children in attendance. There was a 2 yr old on our trip and understandably lost patience early on.

We really enjoyed our tour. There was a great mix of guided touring and self touring. Loved the stop off in the lake district.

It was a very comprehensive and engaging tour. The tour guide was helpful and friendly. “It’s a great experience overall.

We enjoyed the tour very much. Thank you so much for the excellent service and safe trip in the heavy rain.

Although the trip from Vienna to Salzburg is long, it is worth doing. It is a beautiful city...