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Original Sound of Music Tour

1. Original Sound of Music Tour

On this half-day tour you'll relive scenes from one of the most popular movies of all time. Visit the locations used during the filming of The Sound of Music in Salzburg and its surrounding countryside. During the tour, you’ll also hear songs from the original soundtrack. Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will show you the architectural and historical landmarks of the city and the picturesque Lake District. You’ll visit Leopoldskron Palace, a place whose exterior was used as the Trapp family home and where the children were seen boating on the lake and jumping into the water. Maria was a novice at Nonnberg Abbey, the oldest convent in German-speaking Europe, and your next stop. The St. Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang scenes shown at the beginning of the movie were actually filmed at Lake Fuschl, on the way to St. Gilgen, which you'll also see today. The wedding scene was filmed at Mondsee Cathedral, a buttery yellow-and-white edifice where you'll stop on the tour. Maria, led by Liesl, walked down the aisle to meet the baron in front of the stairs of the main altar. After dropping you off in Salzburg at the end of the tour you can visit Mirabell Gardens, located just opposite the tour terminal. Maria and the children were seen dancing through the Gardens singing Do-Re-Mi.

Salzburg: Interactive Puzzle and City Exploration Tour

2. 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.

Salzburg: The Sound of Music Exploration Game & Tour

3. Salzburg: The Sound of Music Exploration Game & Tour

Discover Salzburg's most interesting places by solving clues around town and unlocking amazing stories. Visit the Do-Re-Mi stairs, Salzburg Dom, Salzburger Marionettentheater, Nonnberg church, and other iconic locations. Download an interactive application and begin your exciting exploration game. Your mission is to help the Von Trapp family from The Sound of Music escape Salzburg before WW2. Solve clues to reveal exact directions to your next stop on the tour, without the need of a map, GPS, or a physical guide. Each solution unlocks an interesting story and reveals Salzburg's secrets. Complete the tour at your own pace as there's no time limit, though around 2 hours is usually enough time. Pause the game at any time, and restart whenever you want from the last place you visited. After purchasing the quest, an access code will be delivered to your email, which can then be used in the downloadable app. Once you have downloaded the app, simply head to the starting point at Mirabellplatz whenever you choose and begin your adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Salzburg: Dinner Cooking Class and Concert

4. Salzburg: Dinner Cooking Class and Concert

Take part in a cooking class that exposes you to different aspects of Austrian culture. Start by shaping your own traditional Salzburg pretzel, which will later be served as your appetizer. Then move on to preparing your main course, Austrian pork dumplings, a traditional farmer’s dish (or for vegetarians, cheese dumplings). Finally, roll up your sleeves to create the most popular Austrian dessert—apple strudel. Enjoy the fruits of your newly gained skills as you dig in to the 3-course meal you prepared while being treated to a unique musical performance. A live concert featuring timeless musical classics from Mozart, the Sound of Music, and more creates a well-rounded experience of traditional Austrian culture. A maximum group size of 15 people will give you the feeling of being in a private concert.

From Salzburg: Innsbruck and Swarovski Private Day Tour

5. From Salzburg: Innsbruck and Swarovski Private Day Tour

Your private day tour will be either in a minivan (up to 8 passengers) or Mercedes sedan (up to 3 passengers), and are happy to adapt the private tour according to your personal interests and individual needs. The first stop will be at Wattens, where the famous Swarovski Crystal World will amaze you. Enter a realm of fantasy inspired and designed by some of the greatest artists in the world. Immerse yourself in this magical place, which blends modern art and ancient history. You will be able to explore for around two hours. Continuing through the gorgeous Inn valley, the tour then heads to Innsbruck, capital of the federal state of Tyrol, and famous for hosting two Winter Olympic Games, as well as being an internationally-renowned center for major sport and cultural events. You will spend about 1.5 hours in the city, enjoying some free time strolling through the historical old town, and visiting Innsbruck’s landmarks - the famous ‘Golden Roof’, the Imperial Palace and the local Folklore Museum. As an alternative, instead of visiting the city, you may prefer to see the famous ski jump Bergisel, with its breathtaking view of the Nordkette mountain range. Other options are also available, but whatever you choose to do, your day in the Alps will be an unforgettable one.

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What people are saying about Salzburg

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 35 reviews

My wife dragged me to this sound of music tour, but I have to admit that this was quite a fun experience. Obviously it helps if you are a fan of the movie, but even someone who has not watched the movie like me can appreciate the terrific views, some great nature pics and the movie trivia that comes along. The guide did his best to keep us entertained and he succeeded. I would definitely do this again.

This tour was my favourite part from our trip to Austria. It was very well organised. The places we visited during the tour were phenomenal and unforgettable. Even if you have no idea of the movie, you will still enjoy the beautiful scenery and places visited during this tour. Highly recommend this to everyone visiting Salzburg.

Absolutely loved this tour! We saw a lot in the time allocated. Our guide was great, had a good sense of humour and kept us entertained with lots of interesting information about the film. If you enjoyed the movie, put this on your to-do list when you visit Salzburg.

We had the best time! Even though the weather sucked, our tour guide made the experience a ton of fun. And always great to share your love of the movie with other fans from all over the world!

Bridget was a great tour guide! Loved our tour. Very informative and beautiful!