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Salzburg 2.5-Hour Walking Tour: Mozart, Old Town & More

1. Salzburg 2.5-Hour Walking Tour: Mozart, Old Town & More

Explore the heart of the city of Salzburg. Starting at Palace Mirabell, you will explore the sights here. The palace was built under the reign of the famous baroque Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Reitenau for his mistress Salome Alt and their 15 children. At the Makartplatz, next to the Palace Mirabell, you will see the Mozart Residence. You will explore the New Town and this side of the river before crossing the bridge “Makartsteg” to arrive at the Old Town of Salzburg. While here we will get to Salzburg’s most famous street, the Getreidegasse, which is especially renowned for its wrought-iron trade signs and Mozart’s Birthplace. Stroll through Salzburg’s Old Town to admire its historic buildings, such as the medieval apartments and churches that were built from the Middle Ages to the baroque time, and conclude the tour with a panoramic view from Mönchsberg Hill with a free guide (optional).

Salzburg Cathedral: Organ Concert at Midday

2. Salzburg Cathedral: Organ Concert at Midday

Experience the pure baroque spectacle of an organ concert inside one of Salzburg, Austria's major attractions. Listen to this midday performance and hark back to the days of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Hear the toll of the noon-time bells, and get ready for the sounds of Salzburg Cathedral's seven organs. Look up at the imposing dome which dominates the cityscape. See the marble facade and feel transported back through time. Step into the interior of the cathedral and admire its purity of style. Feel the special light effect in the muted nave. Affirm faith in the light-flooded sanctuary, before concluding this short afternoon concert.

Salzburg Ghost Tour

3. Salzburg Ghost Tour

On this spooky and sinister tour of Salzburg, you will learn about the jobs of executioners and torturers and get to know the city’s medieval and modern methods of torture. The main focus of this guided tour will be the Salzburg witch trials and the Zauberer Jackl trials, as well as the role of the Catholic Church at the time. Dip into the history of superstition, legends, and sayings – and visit original sites such as the pillories, the torture chambers, and the place of execution. With its mix of dark and humorous tales, this tour is appropriate for children ages 10 and up. It lasts about 1.5 hours.

Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

4. 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.

Salzburg: 1-Hour Panorama City Tour with Boat Trip

5. Salzburg: 1-Hour Panorama City Tour with Boat Trip

Experience Salzburg and its historic sights in just an hour and discover more about the tradition, history, and culture of the city of Mozart. This impressive short tour runs from Mirabellplatz (Mirabell Square) in the Andräviertel (Andrä Quarter) and on over the Staatsbrücke (State Bridge). View the Baroque old town that was marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. After this, the tour will head to Schloss Leopoldskron (Leopoldskron Palace) and back. After a short break, guests will get to change their perspectives and see Salzburg from a boat. Relax on the boat and enjoy the 40-minute trip along the Salzach River, which, with a length of 225km, is the longest and largest tributary of the Inn River. Marvel at Salzburg's beauty from a completely different angle and enjoy relaxing on the river!

Salzburg: City Highlights Tour

6. Salzburg: City Highlights Tour

Take a magical city tour through Salzburg. Starting from Mirabell Palace, you'll be guided through the historical downtown on the left side of the Salzach river, passing one of the most famous music academies in the world - the Mozarteum and Mozart's Residence. Here you'll learn even more about the life and work of the Austrian prodigy. After crossing the city bridge, you will find yourself in the heart of the historical Baroque downtown where you can catch a view of the Salzburg Cathedral and admire the festival district. Next stop, Schloss Leopoldskron, which you may recognize from the classical film, "The Sound of Music". Lastly, you will drive by Nonnberg Abbey back to Mirabell Square where the tour will end.

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: Private City Highlight Tour with a Guide

8. Salzburg: Private City Highlight Tour with a Guide

Take a walk through the Mirabell Garden and enjoy a beautiful view of the garden and the Fortress Hohensalzburg. Walk to the Salzach river and into the old town of Salzburg to the shopping street Getreidegasse. Learn about the "white gold" and how it influenced the development of Salzburg. Explore the historical city centre which lays between the river and the Mönchsberg. Take a walk along the shopping street. Find beautifully wrought iron signs, arts and craft shops between famous name brands along the narrow street. Spoil yourself with a shopping spree in Getreidegasse after the tour. Mozarts Birthplace is right in the centre of Getreidegasse. Most people stop in front of the big yellow house or choose to visit the Museum. Listen to facts about the Mozart family, their life and career, their faith and their heritage. Continue through an alleyway to one of the most fun places in Salzburg - the Farmers Market at the University square. This big, baroque church forms an impressive backdrop for the food stands. Do not hesitate to try the local cheese, sausages, fruits and pretzels with some local beer or fresh water. The Old Market square is surrounded by shops and famous coffee houses. This is a place to enjoy the rest of your day after the tour with a cup of good coffee and freshly made apple strudel. It is time to walk to the Residenzplatz. The architecture changes all of a sudden. The small streets and the shops are replaced with big spacious squares, a big Residence fountain in the centre of the square, the Old Residenz and the New Residenz, the Dom square and the Chapter square. Most buildings hold precious treasures and art of Salzburg's history, definitely worth to visit. Take a look into the Salzburg Dom and find many frescos, altars and organs. The crypt holds many graves from the former Prince-Archbishops and even modern art in a 12th-century apsis. On the way out find the baptismal where W.A.Mozart was baptized. At the end of the tour take the funicular to the top of the fortress Hohensalzburg and enjoy the view into Salzburg. From this over 900-year-old fortress, you can even view the Northern Limestone Alps and on a very clear day, you can see the Eagles Nest in the far distance. This tour will give you the insider’s view of the city with tips on how to get the most out of your vacation here. You will learn lots of historical facts along with a few funny anecdotes about Salzburg. Then it is time to enjoy the buzz of the city on your own.

Salzburg: Interactive Puzzle and City Exploration Tour

9. Salzburg: Interactive Puzzle and City Exploration Tour

Take part in an interactive city discovery experience across Salzburg. You’ll solve riddles via a web app on your phone’s browser. All the information you need for your adventure is in your email from the local partner. This is a self-guided tour, and as such, there is no guide to meet you at the starting location. You can enjoy your discoveries at your own pace. Your challenge starts at Mozartplat and with each riddle, you will be taken from one hidden location to the next. Unlock local recommendations and fun facts - as well as the history of the city. You will even get to discover spots in Salzburg that most locals don’t even know. Get the opportunity to see some of the city's most famous sights from unique perspectives. From curious tales of Mozart – the famous composer, breath-taking locations from The Sound of Music – the Julie Andrews movie, and stunning views; Salzburg is a very special place.  Some of the highlights you will discover on the tour include: the stunning Salzburg Cathedral, the House of Mozart, and the gorgeous Mirabell Garden. This game is suitable for friends, couples, families with kids and team building. Enjoy being together while exploring a city, be creative and use your imagination to find the city’s secrets! You’ll feel like Indiana Jones - a true adventurer - as you explore the best of Salzburg.

DomQuartier Salzburg: Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Salzburg Cathedral

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4.4 / 5

based on 427 reviews

Maxine is a great guide! She did a great job of keeping all her tourist ducklings in a row and made sure we had an enjoyable time in Salzburg!

The moment is very pleasant. The 2 organists play on the 4 organs then the finale on the main organ.

It was an excellent tour, Maxine is an outstanding guide!

Excellent and soothing music in a magnificent setting

A fantastic and informative tour by June. Thank you!