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Salzburg: Boat Ride on the Salzach

1. Salzburg: Boat Ride on the Salzach

Discover the highlights of Salzburg's old city from an entire new perspective on this exciting boat tour along the Salzach. See the breathtaking silhouette of the city, admire the exclusive villas in the southern part of Salzburg and enjoy the awe-inspiring landscape along the riverbanks. See the Hagen and Tennen mountains and admire the impressive panoramic view from the water.

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Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

2. Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

The tour will take you from Salzburg straight to the entrance of the salt mines of Berchtesgaden. There, you will receive overalls to protect your clothing before climbing aboard the mine railway and traveling down into the shafts. An expert guide will lead you through the maze of branching tunnels and explain the fascinating history of Alpine salt-mining. The adventure continues with a slide, taking you yet deeper into the ground – an exciting experience for young and old! Finally, right at the bottom of the mine, climb aboard a raft to journey across the extraordinary underground salt lake. Before heading back to Salzburg, discover Berchtesgaden and its breathtaking scenery.

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Highlights of Salzburg and the Surrounding Region

3. Highlights of Salzburg and the Surrounding Region

Take a comprehensive tour, linking the historic city of Salzburg and the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside in the Salzburg Basin. You will start the tour in beautiful Salzburg, where in the course of 1 hour you will take in the city's ancient monuments, learn valuable information about local traditions, history, and culture, and see the places linked to Austria's greatest composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The start point is on the Mirabellenplatz. The tour runs over the Staatsbrücke to the baroque Old Town, and as far as the Leopoldskron Palace. After this you will visit the beautiful Salzburg basin, where royal hunts took place, and where the Austrian Emperor Franz-Josef took his summer holidays with his family. On your way to St. Wolfgang, you will pass the Fuschlsee Lake, where you will have a wonderful view of the eponymous Fuschl Palace. In addition, you will have the opportunity to marvel at the gothic altarpiece by Michael Pacher, and to take a short rest in the famous Weißes Rössl Hotel. In St. Wolfgang you will climb aboard a boat to travel over water to St. Gilgen. The picturesque village is the birthplace of Mozart's mother (this part of the tour takes place from the 1st May to the 26th October). After a detour to the Mondsee Lake, you will return to Salzburg.

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Salzkammergut: Salt Mine, Lakes, and Mountain Tour

4. Salzkammergut: Salt Mine, Lakes, and Mountain Tour

Take a breathtaking ride from the city of Salzburg into the Bavarian Alps along the Kings Lake-Ache up to the Obersalzberg, where the second headquarters of Third Reich used to be. Afterward, continue to the highlight of the tour, which is the 500-year-old Berchtesgaden salt mine. Slip into traditional miners’ clothes and take the miners’ train deep into the mountain. Experience the fascinating underground world of the salt-miners and discover the charm of the magnificently illuminated subterranean landscape. Take the slides down to the salt lake, which you will cross by boat. After this unique tour, explore the little picturesque town of Berchtesgaden and taste some Bavarian specialties. Leave Salzburg once more and pass by Lake Fuschl and Castle Fuschl. Explore the little town of St. Gilgen, where Mozart's mother was born. In the summer (May 1st to October 26th) enjoy a 45-minute boat ride to St. Wolfgang. During winter, take a coffee break at one of the traditional Austrian coffee houses.  At St. Wolfgang, your guide will show you the famous pilgrimage church with its carved gothic winged altar by Michael Pacher. There will be some time to explore the picturesque town or have a coffee break on the terrace of the famous White Horse Inn (Weisses Rössl) at your own expense. Continue your journey along the Krottensee with castle Hüttenstein and drive along Lake Mondsee before returning to Salzburg.

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Salzburg: City and Countryside Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

5. 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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Salzkammergut Mountain: Mountains & Lakes from Salzburg

6. Salzkammergut Mountain: Mountains & Lakes from Salzburg

Summer in the Salzkammergut: The Salzkammergut area has long been a dream destination for Austrian royalty. From Emperor Franz Joseph and his court in Bad Ischl to Salzburg's Prince-Bishops in Jagdschloss Fuschl. The picturesque landscapes of Salzburg, Upper Austria, and Steiermark will indeed fascinate. Visit the "Mozart Village" of St. Gilgen, the home of Mozart's mother and enjoy a 25-minute boat tour to St. Wolfgang (Boat tours are seasonal from 01 May to 26 October). In the town of St. Wolfgang visit the famous Gothic altar of Michael Pacher and enjoy a coffee break at a world-class restaurant, "Im Weissen Rössl." The drive back to Salzburg leads past the Krottensee and castle Hüttenstein as well as the Mondsee, which is surrounded by spectacular mountains. All in all, an unforgettable experience. From 27 October through 30 April, in place of the boat tour, you are warmly invited for coffee and cake. "

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Salzburg: Amphibious Audio Guided Tour on Land and Water

7. Salzburg: Amphibious Audio Guided Tour on Land and Water

Experience an unforgettable city trip as you board a one-of-a-kind Amphibian vehicle specially built for Salzburg. Explore the enchanting area around Mirabell Palace, one of the most popular and beautiful wedding venues. See Mozart’s residence, Leopoldskron Palace with its stunning lake, world-famous due to the scenes filmed for The Sound of Music. Pass through old districts such as Mülln, and many other interesting areas. Splashdown into the Salzach river that flows through the center of Salzburg and experiences the sights from the water. This is no ordinary tour, but a magical sightseeing experience. Enjoy live commentary as well as an additional 8 languages on your audio guide which provide insightful commentary on truly fascinating surroundings.

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Salzburg: 1-Hour Panorama City Tour with Boat Trip

8. 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!

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Salzburg: River Rafting Trip for Beginners

9. Salzburg: River Rafting Trip for Beginners

Make a splash with this beginners whitewater rafting trip. Discover some great Salzburg scenery and enjoy varied water sections across this 10km tour. After a short 20 minute drive from the meeting point, begin your tour in the shadow of the imposing Hohenwerfen Castle. Your rafting guide will give you all the equipment you need to ensure you're safe and set for the water. Then, its time to make your journey up the river underneath the Tennen and Hagen mountains. Enjoy a route featuring beautiful sandbanks, as well as some faster surge and splashing sections too. Take advantage of the opportunity to jump out of the boat during the route and swim in the river. Enjoy fun for all the family on this whitewater adventure.

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From Salzburg: Lakes & Mountains in Salzkammergut

10. From Salzburg: Lakes & Mountains in Salzkammergut

A journey to the impressive lake and mountain region of the ‘Salzkammergut’ with its stunning landscapes – incl. boat cruise (May to October) across the beautiful Wolfgang Lake. With this tour we will enchant you with the ‘Land of Music’. Travelling via Hof and Fuschl our first stop will be in St Gilgen before travelling a little further on to St Wolfgang. There you will find many delights including the local church with its famous winged altar from the 15th century by Michael Pacher and the Hotel White Horse Inn - the setting for the famous operetta ‘Im Weissen Rössl’. On the return journey you will pass the picturesque Krottensee and the Castle of Hüttenstein then via the Scharfling pass along the shores of the Mondsee (Moon Lake), passing the town of the same name once famous for its Monastery. Then continuing back to Salzburg city.

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What people are saying about Salzburg

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 48 reviews

I can only recommend the boat trip. It was rich in information and a lot of fun. A big thank you also to the captain, who turned the boat trip through 360 degrees and turned it into an unforgettable highlight.

Our trip to the salt mines was awesome. Our guide, Walter, was excellent. He gave us a lot of facts and history on Salzburg as well as the Berchtesgaden salt mine and surrounding area.

This tour was excellent! Our guide, Leopold was informative and entertaining. The sights were beautiful and the salt mine was very interesting. Even our children enjoyed the tour.

Entertaining and interesting boat trip, captain and companion were friendly

Very fun tour, great captain, you can see a lot of sights from the boat.