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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: Boat Ride to Hellbrunn and Palace Visit

2. Salzburg: Boat Ride to Hellbrunn and Palace Visit

Discover the old city of Salzburg by water and sail leisurely along the river. Admire the gorgeous façades of Salzburg in the direction of Hellbrunn with views of the mountain range and rural Salzburg. After half an hour, arrive at the Hellbrunn dock and board a London-style double-decker bus, which will bring you to the fairytale Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn). Enjoy priority entry to the world-famous water features in the palace's expansive gardens. Experience life as it was and see what delighted the local archbishops 400 years ago: mysterious, mystic grottoes, water features, and geysers around every corner. See the exclusive premises of the pleasure palace and hear interesting information with your audio guide. After the tour, you will return to the old city.

From Munich: Salzburg, St. Wolfgang, and the Salzkammergut

3. From Munich: Salzburg, St. Wolfgang, and the Salzkammergut

Travel through the picturesque foothills of the Bavarian Alps on this day trip from Munich to Salzburg. Admire alpine wonders along the way and have free time to explore Salzburg at your own pace.  Hop aboard a comfortable and climate controlled bus at a centrally-located meeting point in Munich. Relax on the drive and spy the enchanting Chiemsee, also called the "Bavarian Sea," as it is the largest lake in Bavaria. Arrive in Salzburg, the city of Mozart and have around 2.5 hours to see the city's impressive buildings, take in the vistas, and wander through the Baroque Old Town. Have time to take in sights like the Hohensalzburg fortress and the birthplace of Mozart.  Spend your free time checking out the cathedral, Hellbrunn Palace, and the fountains. Take a stroll through the Old Town to uncover boutique shops and eateries offering culinary delicacies. Get back on the bus and, in the summer (from April until November), travel thorughthe Salzkammergut to the Wolfgangsee. Purchase a boat ride to St. Wolfgang, the Hotel zum Weißen Rössl, and see the pilgrimage church.  Stop at the Mondsee, a location for the film "The Trapp Family." In the winter (from November to April), instead of the visit to St. Wolfgang you'll get to enjoy more time in Salzburg. During December enjoy the colors and aromas of Christkindlmarket Christmas market. Return to your meeting point in Munich by bus at the end of your tour.

Salzburg: City Tour and Mozart's Residence

4. Salzburg: City Tour and Mozart's Residence

The tour starts at Mirabell Palace, which was built by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich in 1606 and now houses the city's government. The next stop on the tour is Mozarteum (university for music, drama, and fine arts) and the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. You will then see the State Theatre and Mozart’s Residence at Makartplatz. Here you will also see the Church of the Holy Trinity, a Baroque masterpiece built by the architect Fischer von Erlach. After crossing the Salzach River, the tour takes you past the courthouse to Hellbrunn Palace, where you will make a short stop. The palace was built by the court architect Santino Solari in the early 17th century and served as a popular weekend destination for prince archbishops. On the way back to the city center you can admire Frohnburg Palace and Nonnberg Abbey, the oldest existing convent in the German-speaking world. The tour then takes you back to the old town through Siegmundstor. Here you will see the Festival Halls, the Horse Pond, and St. Blasius Church before ending the tour at Mozartplatz.

Combo Ticket: Grand City Tour and 24-Hour Salzburg Card

5. Combo Ticket: Grand City Tour and 24-Hour Salzburg Card

For centuries, Prince Archbishops represented the worldly and clerical power of this independent principality. Impressive monuments still bear witness to their rein. Renowned architects and artists worked through the centuries to create architectural masterpieces. Get to know Salzburg with it's Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque elements. After the informative 1.5-hour extended bus tour throughout Salzburg, use the included Salzburg 24h Card with free admission to all the major city sights (for example: Salzburg Cathedral, Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mirabell Palace, Getreidegasse or Mozarts Birth House) and free public bus transportation within the city limits to experience all the city has to offer. You can also ride the funicular up to explore one of the oldest fortresses in Europe - Fortress Hohensalzburg. Tip: All participants on this tour will have the opportunity to visit the famous Hellbrunn Water Trick Fountains (open April till October) right after the tour. The bus ride back to Salzburg is included with the Salzburg Card. The Salzburg Card also includes the Fortress Hohensalzburg – a free ride on the funicular, entrance fee, as well as access to all museums.

Salzburg: The Original Sound of Music Tour

6. Salzburg: The Original Sound of Music Tour

Discover the hills that have been alive to the Sound of Music since 1967. This 4-hour tour of the famous movie’s locations whisks you around the historical city of Salzburg, then departs for the breathtaking mountainous landscape of Salzkammergut. Traveling with, Albus, the company involved with the original filming, you will be guided around The Mirabell Gardens – where the famous “Do-Re-Mi” singing scene took place – and the 17th-Century Hellbrunn Palace, where Rolf and Liesl sang "16 going on 17," and Maria and the Baron sang “Something Good.” Heading for the mountainous landscape of Salzkammergut, you will stop off at the idyllic Palace of Leopoldskron, the Benedictine monastery of Nonnberg Abbey, Lake Wolfgang, and the cloister church in Mondsee, where Maria walked down the aisle to meet the Baron at the altar. As well as providing a glimpse into a timeless movie, the tour also takes in many other local pieces of history and culture along the way.

Salzburg City Tour with Tickets to Mozart's House

7. Salzburg City Tour with Tickets to Mozart's House

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Salzburg! For many centuries, the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg ruled both the sacred and secular life of the city. To this day, a rich inheritance of imposing buildings testifies to their might. Allow yourself to be enchanted by these architectural gems! The most renowned artists and architects of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods graced the city with their masterpieces. Take time to enjoy this enthralling city, with its magnificent buildings from all eras, and discover the world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Visit Mozart's birth house after the bus tour.

From Vienna: Day Trip to Salzburg with 'Sound of Music' Tour

8. From Vienna: Day Trip to Salzburg with 'Sound of Music' Tour

Step into the magic of the film 'The Sound of Music' this day trip from Vienna to Salzburg. Hear live commentary about the Trapp family aboard the airconditioned bus. Stop by sights iconic sights from the film like Leopoldskron castle and the Felsenreitschule theater.  Board the comfortable bus outside the Vienna State Opera and relax on the drive as you hear facinating background information about the life of the Trapp family. Stop in Hellbrunn, where you can admire the original pavilion from the film during a walk.  Continue to see the outside of the Leopoldskron castle and its tranquil pond which was used as part of the Trapp family home in the film. View the church where the Trapps were actually married at Nonnberg Chapel. Stroll through the streets of Salzburg and see the large medieval fortress of Hohen Salzburg. Finally, reach the Felsenreitschule theater in the center of Salzburg where your guided walk ends. Enjoy free time in the city of Salzburg to explore at your own pace.  Sing a song or two from the cult film in the bus on the way back to your drop-off point at the the Vienna State Opera house. 

Salzburg: Private Sound of Music Half-Day

9. Salzburg: Private Sound of Music Half-Day

The 1965 musical The Sound of Music was a worldwide hit, using stunning settings that were as captivating as the storyline itself, and this tour gives you the chance to explore some of them first-hand.  Photo stops at film sites like Leopoldskron Palace, the gazebo in the gardens of Hellbrunn Palace, and time-depending pass by the actual Villa Trapp. The last part of the tour takes you via scenic mountain roads to Mondsee, to visit the cathedral where the romantic wedding in the movie was filmed - a perfect place to end a perfect day.

Eagle's Nest and Sound of Music Private Tour

10. Eagle's Nest and Sound of Music Private Tour

This tour combines the original locations from the musical "The Sound of Music" with the historical "Eagle's Nest". Your tour starts with a tour of the city including the Palaces Leopoldskron (von Trapp Family House) and Hellbrunn (Sound of Music Pavilion). Hellbrunn Palace is on the way to the Eagle's Nest which will be next. Passing the border to Germany the journey continues to the Sound of Music Meadow (The Hills are alive). Now is your chance to spin in the field, reenacting the opening scene. Head to the "Obersalzberg" which is located at 3000 ft. elevation right below the Eagle's Nest. Access the Eagle's Nest with special busses and an elevator. Admire the scenic view of the Bavarian Mountains, the King's Lake, and the surrounding area of Salzburg. Returning from the Eagle's Nest, continue to the second highlight of our tour, the Salzburg Lake District. Travel through the Wies Valley and further on to Fuschl and St. Gilgen. Take a stunning photo of the castle of Fuschl with emerald Lake Fuschl in the background. The next highlight is Lake Wolfgang and the village St. Gilgen, the scenery of the area was shown at the beginning of "The Sound of Music." Enjoy a view from the "Mozart View Point" to Lake Wolfgang and the "Schafberg" Mountain. Relax and enjoy the countryside on the drive from St. Gilgen to the lake "Mondsee" and further on to the town of Mondsee with the "Sound of Music Wedding Church", from where you make your way back to Salzburg. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your Salzburg hotel or any other location within the city.

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What people are saying about Hellbrunn Palace

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we had an excellent guide who made every emotion of sound of music alive with his words. A must trip when one is at Salzburg. It was fabulous !!!

Great experience for someone who loves the film. It’s also fun even if you don’t love the film :)

Enjoyed the tour and reliving some of the songs and sights of "The Sound of Music"

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

it was amazing, the guide tour knew loads and the spots are fab!