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Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

1. Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

Enjoy a culinary and musical delight; hear the classic piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" over the rooftops of the Mozart city of Salzburg. Begin your evening with a romantic 3-course dinner in the exclusive Panorama Restaurant, which is located at the fortress and overlooks the old city of Salzburg and its surroundings. Then, hear Mozart's most beloved work as well as other masterpieces by the famous Classical composer, interpreted by internationally-renowned soloists. Experience a truly exceptional atmosphere at the 900-year-old fortress and enjoy a unique view of Salzburg and its vicinity. After the concert, experience Mozart's city at twilight as the evening comes to an end. During Advent and Christmas Time, you will also be enchanted by traditional Salzburg Christmas Carols. Classic Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • Beef consommé with vegetable julienne and dumplings or roasted corn-fed chicken on tagliatelle and seasonal vegetables with "Pinzgauer" herbal froth (choose 1) • Mozart dessert VIP Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • White wine frothy soup with roasted Marcona almonds • Beef duet: braised beef cheek and beef fillet in mushroom cream sauce on truffled mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables or local trout "miller-style" with parsley potatoes and melted butter (choose 1) • Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert

2. 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

3. 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: Cruise, Dinner & Fortress Concert

4. Salzburg: Cruise, Dinner & Fortress Concert

Combine a dinner and "Best of Mozart"- fortress concert with a popular cruise on the River Salzach and experience Salzburg and its surroundings at its best.  Start your tour in the center of the old town and cruise south past the impressive scenery of the old town. Marvel at one of the city's most popular villa areas and get a glimpse of the impressive Tennen and Hagen Mountains. The 40-minute cruise is followed by an exquisite dinner at the panorama restaurant at Hohensalzburg Fortress. Afterward, listen to a "Best of Mozart"-concert within the most splendid halls of the fortress. Enjoy this unique combination crowned by a final high above the city's rooftops. Classic Dinner: • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • Beef consommé with vegetable julienne and dumplings • Roasted corn-fed chicken on tagliatelle and seasonal vegetables with "Pinzgauer" herbal froth • Mozart dessert VIP Menu: • Mini bread rolls with 2 types of spread • Beef broth with dumplings • Braised beef cheek from local cattle on truffled mashed potatoes and vegetables of the season or roasted Salzburg Gold Trout in almond butter with rosemary potatoes (choose 1) • Original Salzburger Nockerl: fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries *Vegetarian options are available upon request

Salzburg: Yellow Line Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

5. Salzburg: Yellow Line Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

See all the important sights of Salzburg on a flexible 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on and hop-off bus tour. Travel in luxurious, air-conditioned coaches and enjoy an informative audio commentary in 13 languages, with a complimentary headset for each seat. Get to know the city in an hour by taking a non-stop tour, or hop off at any of 12 stops to discover Salzburg's attractions at your own pace. The tour loop starts at Mirabellplatz 2, next to Mirabell Gardens and University Mozarteum, and you can stop off at any of the following designated stops: • Mirabellplatz/Mozarteum • Mozartsteg/Rudolfskai • Mozartsteg/Imbergstraße • Hanusch-Platz • Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz • Schloss Leopoldskron • Hellbrunn Palace • Kleingmain/Gwandhaus • Nonntal • Mozartsteg/Imbergstraße • Mirabellplatz/St. Andrä • Salzburg Main Station

Salzburg: Salzach Cruise & Dinner at Hohesalzburg Fortress

6. Salzburg: Salzach Cruise & Dinner at Hohesalzburg Fortress

Discover the highlights of Salzburg's old city with a river cruise along the River Salzach. Enjoy the views of the city onboard a specially-designed boat with large windows allowing for fantastic panoramic vistas. See the breathtaking silhouette of the city, admire the exclusive villas in the southern areas of Salzburg, and admire the picturesque landscape along the riverbanks. See peaks of the Hagen and Tennen mountains in the distance. After the cruise, enjoy a VIP Dinner at The Fortress with an original "Salzburger Nockerl" for dessert. Benefit from cable car transportation up to the fortress where you can enjoy your VIP dinner on the panoramic terrace, weather permitting. Menu: Starter: • Beef broth with dumplings Main Course • Braised beef cheek on truffled mashed potatoes with seasonal vegetablesor • Roasted Salzburg Gold Trout in almond butter with rosemary potatoes Dessert • Original Salzburger Nockerl - Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries

From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

7. From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

Visit the hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on a full-day tour from Munich. Travel by train and in the imperial city, visit his place of birth (optional), his residence, the streets he walked, and the cafés he drank in. Salzburg is also one of the most popular set-jetting destinations in the world for one simple reason, “The Sound of Music.” Visit sites you will remember from the silver screen such as the beautiful Mirabelle Gardens where Julie Andrews and the children were filmed singing “Do-Re-Mi.” An expert guide will take you on a 2-hour train ride from Munich to Austria. You will be provided with a map and get a 1.5-hour orientation tour through the major sites.  Explore one of the finest preserved medieval old towns in Europe, crisscrossed with romantic winding shopping streets and venerable market places adorned with outstanding architectural monuments of the later baroque era. See piazzas and fountains, the stunning Domkirche Cathedral, pleasure gardens, palaces, and churches, monasteries and catacombs, and confectionaries and patisseries. You will also go to the oldest restaurant on the continent. You will then have 3 hours to explore the city for yourself, before meeting up for the return journey. During your free time, you can visit the breathtaking 900-year-old fortress Festung Hohensalzburg, the magnificent edifice that dominates the city's skyline, itself framed by the spectacular encirclement of mountains stretching into the horizon. 

Salzburg: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

8. Salzburg: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Learn the facts and legends of picturesque Salzburg city on a 2-hour private walking tour. Pass by Mirabell Palace, a complex of historic residence built by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich with baroque gardens. Also, visit St. Andrew Parish Church and Mozart's Residence. Then discover Medieval tenements and the Rathaus building. Walk along the famous Getreidegasse street and spot Mozart’s Birthplace. Finally, enjoy a great atmosphere at the University Square and marvel at the amazing Kollegienkirche. To explore even more, choose the 3-hour option and visit also St. Peter's Abbey. This medieval monastery has served as the home to monks for over 1,000 years. The church and the abbey have been the spiritual heart of Salzburg. You can take the 4-hour tour and stroll down to reach the magnificent Salzburg Cathedral. The twin spires top this baroque-style 17th-century Cathedral, with a museum housing its sacred treasures. Get inside and see an amazing sculpture ceiling, organs, and great chapels. In the 6-hour version, also visit Hohensalzburg Fortress. Take in absolutely amazing views on top and explore the Main Castle. Inside you will see Princes’ Apartments, the Magic Theater, and the Fortress Museum.

Salzburg: Christmas Advent Concert with Dinner

9. 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: • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • Beef Consommé with vegetable julienne and dumplings • Roasted corn-fed chicken on tagliatelle and seasonal vegetables with "Pinzgauer" herbal froth • Mozart dessert VIP Menu: • Mini bread rolls with two types of spread • Beef broth with dumplings • Braised beef cheek from local cattle on truffled mashed potatoes and vegetables of the season or roasted Salzburg gold trout in almond butter with rosemary potatoes • Original Salzburger Nockerl: fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries *Vegetarian options are available upon request.

Salzburg: City and Countryside Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

10. Salzburg: City and Countryside Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Situated at the northern boundary of the Alps, the Baroque city of Salzburg boasts a glorious natural setting. On this 5.5-hour trip you will experience both city and countryside in a fusion of 2 popular tours, covering both the historic city center and the lakes and mountains that surround it. First you will experience the city that gave us Mozart and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Starting from the early 17th-Century Palace of Mirabell, you will get a 90-minute tour that includes the Mozarteum (University of Music), one of the world’s most prestigious music academies, the Marionette Theatre, and Mozart’s Wohnhaus, where the composer lived for many years. Cross over the Salzach River, once a major transport route, to enjoy magnificent city views, before following the river along part of the old fortifications and past the Law Courts to Hellbrunn Palace. On the way back to the city center you will pass the Palace of Frohnburg and the Nonnberg Abbey, situated beneath the impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress. In the Old City you will pass by the Festival Halls, Old University, and Blasius Church, before finishing at Mozart Square. The route takes you to St Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart’s mother, located on Wolfgang Lake. Returning towards Salzburg, drive past the picturesque Krottensee and Castle of Hüttenstein, before continuing along the shores of the Mondsee (Moon Lake), through the town of the same name. You will be dropped back at a central location in Salzburg to continue your day at leisure. The tour also includes a ticket for the public bus lines numbers 1 through 28 on the day of your trip.

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What people are saying about Hohensalzburg Fortress

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 916 reviews

This was a good relaxed way to see the region. Make sure to get to each of the 3 locations a bit early to exchange your vouchers for a ticket. The cruise was about 45 min with brief commentary about what we were looking at, but mostly people just drank beer/wine and didn’t pay attention to the commentator. You will need to walk 15 min to the fernicular to ride up the mountain to the fortress for dinner. The menu is preselected, so you can spend your time enjoying the wonderful view of the river and town! we had the basic menu which was tasty, then the concert was in a fun medieval room next door. Such a perfect place to hear this music where Mozart was born. I highly recommend this activity package for a nice stress-free evening in Salzburg!

Very nice ambience, friendly service, food was very tasty, drinks too. Super dessert, in short, everything was great. Concert in a small cozy setting. Overall a great evening.

It was an experience of a special kind and will never be forgotten. The menu was a gourmet delight. We'll definitely be back. Likewise the excellent service.

The ambience can hardly be improved. The dinner is not Steenekuche but it was delicious. The concert was an experience. Is absolutely recommended.

I didn’t think I would enjoy the music ( not a fan) but it was wonderful and entertaining .