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From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

1. 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: City and Countryside Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

2. 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.

Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

3. Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

Add a touch of adventure to your stay in Munich with this guided trip to Salzburg, known as the most inspiring city in Austria. Discover its must-see sights and hidden gems while learning about important events and personalities that have shaped Austrian-German history and culture. This guided tour begins with pickup directly from your accommodation in Munich. Depending on the tour option you choose, your private guide will accompany you on the car journey so you can listen to commentary on the way, or you'll meet your guide upon arrival in Salzburg. Sit back and relax on the drive through the picturesque mountain landscapes along the German-Austrian border. In Salzburg, embark on a walking tour of the historic old town and its highlights. Start with a visit to the gardens of the Mirabell Palace, where the song “Do Re Mi” and the final scene of "The Sound of Music" were shot. Salzburg is famously known as the birthplace of Wolfgang A. Mozart, and you'll find many places related to this Austrian composer on the tour, such as his former residence and the tenement house where he was born. There will also be many historical and religious landmarks along the way, such as the Old Town Hall, Collegiate Church, and DomQuartier. Admire the grand Salzburg Cathedral and hear the legends about the Fortress Hohensalzburg. The final must-see sight of the tour is St. Peter’s Abbey, built in the 7th century. Before the end of your visit, there will be free time to do souvenir shopping or grab lunch in the city before going back to Munich. Lunch can be arranged the day of your trip for a surcharge.

Vienna: Melk Abbey and Salzburg Trip with Private Transfer

4. Vienna: Melk Abbey and Salzburg Trip with Private Transfer

Drive through Lower Austria and enjoy local beautiful scenery during a full-day trip. Visit Melk Abbey and Salzburg with the comfort of a private transfer. Be picked up at your accommodation in Vienna and follow the Danube River into the countryside filled with dense woodlands and rolling vineyards. Admire stunning landscapes to reach the famous Melk Abbey. Melk Abbey, located on the top of a hill, is an impressive Baroque abbey. Walk around and explore its park. Marvel at the abbey's exceptional architecture from the outside and step inside where your guide will lead you through the abbey museum, the Marble Hall, balcony, library, and church. Enjoy free time on the abbey's grounds before driving to Salzburg. Explore Salzburg, known as Mozart’s birthplace and the town of music. In Salzburg, two options are available to meet your needs. You can choose to sightsee on your own or choose to tour the city with a guide for a better understanding of local history and sites. In the second option, the guide will join you in Salzburg and lead you through multiple highlights such as the UNESCO-protected old town, Salzburg Cathedral, the fortress, and “The Sound of Music” filming locations. After spending time in Salzburg, enjoy a relaxing drive back to your accommodation in Vienna.

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What people are saying about Hohensalzburg Fortress

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 148 reviews

This was an absolutely wonderful day trip, my only wish is that it lasted longer. Maxine was so knowledgeable about everything, and had tons of interesting facts about Mozart, the Sound of Music, and Salzburg itself. She brought us to the oldest restaurant in the world, with a beautiful ambience and delicious food. As a university student on a budget, it was a little pricy, but the members of my group were so generous and kind, that they paid for my meal and train ticket home. The bus & train tickets are included in the tour price, which is very helpful for convenience and efficiency. Maxine let our group explore an extra hour so everyone got more time in the city, but unfortunately, I had to go directly to the airport and couldn’t stay. However, I still saw a lot of what Salzburg had to offer and will definitely be returning!

It was a well organised trip with fifteen people; from different countries. Hats off to the guide Paul who was so friendly and helpful. Good briefing is done when go to the main spots and one has th then go into the specific ones of interest of his own in about three hours time. Finally all meet at a place and get back by train.

Maxine was very good, knowledgeable & helpful! We were happy throughout the trip. Salzburg indeed a beautiful city. The only setback was that local people at the retail shops weren't friendly at all.

The guide Maxine Ryder was the best! I learned a lot about the city and Mozart. This is one of the most beautiful cities that I’ve been. I really enjoyed this!!

Wonderful day trip! Thank you Susanne for the very informative information on the train as well as on the tour. We had a great time.