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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 historical 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.

From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

3. 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 Highlights Tour

4. 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.

Salzburg: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

5. 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: Life of Mozart Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Salzburg: Life of Mozart Private Guided Walking Tour

Get to know Salzburg by discovering the hometown of Mozart, along with his life, stories, songs, and symphonies that brought him worldwide fame. Learn about the secrets, legends, and funny stories of Mozart and his family. Marvel at amazing Mirabell Palace and its gardens, where young Wolfgang Mozart with his father and brother used to play. Visit Salzburg State Theatre, which was also attended by the Mozart family. Visit Mozart's Birthplace, a fantastic colorful tenement, which is one of the most visited museums in Austria. Inside, discover items of everyday life, as well as furniture from the 18th century, and feel as if you have personally been transported back to the days of Mozart! Extend the tour to 3 hour to experience an exclusive concert of Mozart's most famous compositions in a beautiful location in Salzburg, including churches, cathedrals and residences.

Salzburg: Interactive Puzzle and City Exploration Tour

7. 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.

Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

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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4.6 / 5

based on 71 reviews

Leo, guide, was witty and animated, loves his country and his countrymen, gave us his heartfelt stories of the sights and places he grew up with, a native of Salzburg. The one hour tour gave us the insight we needed to plot out the other 7 hours we planned to dedicate for adventure seeking in this historic and magical town. Leo made the trip well worth the price of admission.

Great tour to learn about the city in a short amount of time, especially for the first time travelers. Our guide was Maroine, a very pleasant company, who told us lots of interesting details, without being boring. I highly recommend the tour.

What an amazing organ concert. I had goosebumps. Definitely worth seeing the Dom and listening to this beautiful music.

worth of money, great to to visit the amazing church at the same time.

awe inspiring Cathedral with the most amazing music