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From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

1. From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

After pickup from your centrally-located Vienna hotel, depart on a day trip to stunning region of Salzkammergut. Stop at Schloss Ort, a snow-white castle where countless couples dream of celebrating their weddings. Take the opportunity to snap some photos on its famous wooden bridge. Continue to the heart of the Salzkammergut region, the fabulous town of Hallstatt, set on the shores of an azure-blue lake. Ascend to the Skywalk to enjoy breathtaking views over the town, lake, and mountains. You will have some free time for lunch and to wander the narrow streets, or hire a boat to explore from the water. On the way back you to Vienna, make a stop at the charming resort town of Traunkirchen, located on the bank of the deepest lake in Austria. Admire the unforgettable natural landscape from this lovely place, before continuing to Vienna where your tour will end at the Vienna State Opera.

From Vienna: Sound of Movies Musical Tour to Salzburg

2. From Vienna: Sound of Movies Musical Tour to Salzburg

Start your trip in the idyllic scenery of the Austrian Alps. Visit the famous church of Mondsee, chosen by the director of The Sound of Music as an ideal location for Maria's wedding. On the way to Salzburg, take the chance to snap great pictures of the beautiful lakes and peaks. Enjoy the fresh air in the Hellbrunn Park, and see the famous Gazebo keeping the secret of Liesl's first kiss. See the Nonnberg nunnery, the oldest in Europe that became famous thanks to voice of Maria Kutschera, whose story served as inspiration for the Sound of Music movie. Take a stroll through the magnificent Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children danced around the Pegasus Fountain singing the song Do-re-mi. See the picturesque Hourse Pond shot in the film and Residence Square's famous Residence Fountain, the most famous fountain in the city, chosen for the I Have Confidence in Me song. Take pictures of the Summer Riding School where the von Trapp family took part in the world-famous Salzburg music festival, and enjoy the silence of the oldest cemetery in Austria at the Saint Peter's Monastery, where the von Trapp family found a secure hiding place before escaping to Italy.

Salzburg: Private Sound of Music Tour Full or Half-Day

3. Salzburg: Private Sound of Music Tour Full or Half-Day

The 1965 musical The Sound of Music was a worldwide hit, using stunning settings that were as captivating as the storyline itself, and this tour gives you the chance to explore some of them first-hand. After breakfast at one of the film sites — the Leopoldskron Palace — you will see the gazebo in the gardens of Hellbrunn Palace, and take a tour of the actual Villa Trapp. The tour continues to the picturesque alpine village of Werfen, where you will follow in Maria’s footsteps on the Sound of Music hiking trail, where the famous opening scene was shot, with its breathtaking views. Afterwards, there is an optional lunch (35 Euros) at Obauer, one of the most exclusive restaurants in Europe, recognized as outstanding by the French Guide Gault Millau. After lunch, visit the spectacular Hohenwerfen Fortress, not only part of The Sound of Music but also a location in the 1968 film Where Eagles Dare, with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. The last part of the tour takes you via scenic mountain roads to Mondsee, to visit the cathedral where the romantic wedding in the movie was filmed - a perfect place to end a perfect day.

Linz Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

4. Linz Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Take an informative and personal tour of the charming Old Town of Linz. Explore the most historically relevant and architecturally interesting buildings with your guide as you learn about this fascinating place. Start your tour at the Baroque highlight of Linz’s city center - the Old Cathedral. See this monumental 17th-century church with its two onion dome towers. Step inside to admire its lavish interiors, with an elaborately detailed wooden pulpit and high altar decorated with marble statues and a fabulous painting of Saint Aloysius. Next, visit the iconic Main Square, or Hauptplatz. Stroll among the stylish white and pastel buildings and you'll see the Old Town Hall, the Feichtinger House with its carillon, the Kirchmayr House, and the Schmidberger House. Spot the white marble Holy Trinity Column right in the center of the bustling town square. Explore the relaxing Castle Park with its stunning views of the Danube River, and then head to the Landhaus, a magnificent 16th-century Renaissance building. End your walking tour on the site of Austria’s largest church, the monolithic neo-Gothic New Cathedral. Choose the 3-hour tour option if you'd like to step inside the New Cathedral, also known as Mariendom, where you can marvel at the gorgeous interior design. Admire the fantastic altar, crypts, hand carved wood details, and many exquisite stained glass windows that can be studied for hours. Take a walk through Bauernberg Park to see its monuments. Opt for the 4-hour tour option, and you'll also visit the Nordico Stadtmuseum, which is only a few steps away from the Old Cathedral. Discover varied temporary exhibitions on the history and culture of Linz, including old collections of photographs, antique pieces of furniture, art referencing the city, and other interesting exhibits. Embark on the full 6-hour tour to visit the Upper Austrian Provincial Museum located right inside Linz Castle. Gain a deeper understanding of how Linz, once primarily an industrial center, became a pioneer in culture, art, and technology. See the museum’s top attraction, the permanent exhibitions on the artistic and cultural history of Upper Austria from the Neolithic Age up to the 20th-century.

Linz Old Town Private Walking Tour and Cruise

5. Linz Old Town Private Walking Tour and Cruise

Discover the rich history of Linz with a private guide. See the best Old Town highlights and embark on a relaxing cruise along the Danube River to discover Linz’s culture, industry, and nature. Meet your guide at the main square and stroll up the narrow Hofgasse street with lovely pastel buildings towards the Linz Castle. Pass through the castle’s inner courtyard to get to the Castle Park for a nice view of Linz and Pöstlingberg across the river. Walk to the Landhaus, a magnificent 16th-century Renaissance building with a lovely courtyard. Enjoy its stylish architecture and interesting commentary from your guide. Further down you will reach Austria’s largest church, the monolithic neo-gothic New Cathedral, also known as Mariendom. See the Baroque highlight of Linz’s Old Town - the Old Cathedral, which marks the city’s skyline with its two towers topped with onion domes. At the iconic main square, Hauptplatz, you will see the Neptune Fountain, Old Town Hall, the Feichtinger House with its carillon, and other historic buildings. Spot the white marble Holy Trinity Column. Finally, get on board the MS Linzerin ship to go on a 100 minutes long cruise along the Danube River. Choose between a guided and non-guided cruise. During the guided option, your guide will point out the most important buildings along the way, such as the futuristic glass buildings of the Ars Electronica Center, the Lentos Art Museum, and the famous copper concert hall “Brucknerhaus.” You will also discover the fantastic views of wide nature reserves and the harbor quarter. During the non-guided cruise option, the guide will take you to the ship's departure point. You will have the best time admiring the amazing views with your family or friends. You can grab a drink or choose a meal from a special menu onboard.

Linz: Castle Museum and Old Town Highlights Private Tour

6. Linz: Castle Museum and Old Town Highlights Private Tour

Immerse yourself in the natural and cultural history of Linz. Walk the picturesque streets of the old town, take a tour of the Castle Museum, and choose from different tour length options to see other sights. 2-Hour Option: Meet your private guide at Hauptplatz square in the heart of Linz's gorgeous Old Town. Walk down the narrow Hofgasse street as you learn about the history of 8th century Linz Castle, now home to a museum. Inside, tour the permanent exhibitions on nature, technology, science, archeology, and music. Admire exhibits like folk art, cultural artifacts, religious art from the middle ages, and Austrian paintings. 3-Hour Option: The 3-hour tour adds to the above with a visit to the Old Cathedral. Encounter a 17th-century baroque church featuring towers of onion domes and lavish interiors. Marvel at the high altar decorated with marble statues and a fabulous painting of Saint Aloysius. 4-Hour Option: In addition to the Castle and Old Cathedral, the 4-hour option adds more of the Old Town, including the Old Town Hall, Holy Trinity Column, and Neptune Fountain. Selecting this option also allows you to marvel at the New Cathedral, the largest church in Austria with its monolithic neo-gothic architecture and vast stained glass windows.

Linz: Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

7. Linz: Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

Join this family-friendly tour to experience Linz's history and culture in the most fun and exciting way. Your friendly private guide will adapt the program and commentary to engage your children in sightseeing of the historic sites. Let the kids discover legends and fairy tales of Linz Old Town. During the 2-hours walking tour, you will visit the former base station of the popular Pöstlingbergbahn, that is, the Pöstlingbergbahn Museum. It’s a great playground for children of any age, and the parents will enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of this valley station as well. Pass by the “Museum of the Future” - Ars Electronica Center and cross the Nibelungenbrücke over the Danube River to explore the heart of Linz. On the Hauptplatz, see the most important buildings and monuments, such as the Old Town Hall, the spectacular Holy Trinity Column, and the beautiful Neptune Fountain, where children can play with clean water. Listen to riddles, fairy tales, and mystery stories from your guide to get an introduction to the city’s history and culture. Leave the main square and stroll down the charismatic narrow allay Hoffgase, passing by the house of Kepler and the Losensteiner Freihaus. The last stop of this fantastic tour will be the Linz Castle, where you will explore the castle’s inner courtyard and play in the Castle Park. Choose the 4-hours option to visit the Castle Museum with permanent exhibitions on the artistic and cultural history of Upper Austria from the Neolithic Age up to the 20th-century. See many pieces of art and history that even children will find interesting, such as the lovely traditional costumes and golden hats, a collection of arms and armors, and a vintage car.

The Hills Are Alive Private "Do-Re-Mi" Tour

8. The Hills Are Alive Private "Do-Re-Mi" Tour

On this excursion you will explore Salzburg and its beautiful surroundings on the traces of the world-famous musical “The Sound of Music”. Start your day with a walk through the Mirabell gardens, famous across the world for the Do-Re-Mi scenes filmed here. See the Pegasus fountain, dwarf garden as well as statues from Roman and Greek mythology and stunning, formal patterned flower beds. Drive up to one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the city, immortalised in Do-Re-Mi, with a fantastic view over the entire city of Salzburg and its millennium fortress. Back in your luxury minivan have a photo stop near Maria’s Abbey (Nonnberg Abbey) on your way to Leopoldskron Palace (boat scene and pink lemonade at the terrace). After a short stop at Leopoldskron drive on to the palace of Hellbrunn where you have the chance to visit the original gazebo and gardens. Then, leave the city driving south into the stunning Bavarian mountains where they filmed the opening scene. Now is your chance to spin in a field in the original area from the opening scene of The Hills are Alive. Journey off the beaten track down a scenic country road along the river Salzach and through the narrow gorges of the Lueg pass to Werfen where you will head to the top of the Sound of Music trail, the picnic spot from the movie. Enjoy a short rest here and its magnificent panorama view.  The final part of the tour takes you through the Austrian lake district via the scenic roads, where parts of the opening scene where filmed, and on to the “Sound of Music” wedding cathedral in Mondsee where the romantic wedding scene was filmed.

Linz: Private Guided Cycling Tour

9. Linz: Private Guided Cycling Tour

Explore the most popular urban highlights and get a taste of nature on a cycling tour of Linz. Enjoy an exciting ride with a local who will show you the way around the town. Stay active while taking an unforgettable tour of this Austrian gem. Rent a professional bike in the city center and cycle past the Stadtpfarrkirche Church to the lovely 17th-century Old Cathedral. Move through Linz's main square, the Hauptplatz. See all of the interesting landmarks here, such as the Old Town Hall, Neptune Fountain, and the Holy Trinity Column. Cycle towards Linz Castle, passing by the narrow streets featuring stylish white and pastel houses. Take a short break to admire the beautiful views across the Danube River at Castle Park. Pass by the old Martinsor stone gate and get to the Landhausplatz. Ride through the Landhaus inner passage to admire this historic government building from both sides. See the monolithic Mariendom, also known as the New Cathedral, followed by the Ursuline Church of St Michael. Follow a safe, uncrowded route through some lesser-known parts of Linz. Explore the residential areas, passing by local schools and parks. Enjoy the way the city combines its historic architecture with modern buildings and urban nature. You will see the modern Design Center as well as the stunning 19th-century building of the Francisco Carolinum Art Museum. Finally, you will return your bike to the rental shop. Choose the longer tour to see even more. This route includes cycling from Linz main square across the Danube River to see the futuristic glass building of Ars Electronica Center. You'll then cycle to the Castle Park, Landhaus, New Cathedral, and the Ursuline Church of St Michael, followed by Barenberg Park where you will see the Aphrodite Temple. Then, in Bergschlößl Park you will enjoy some relaxing urban nature and see the lovely baroque-style Bergschlössl castle. Finally, cycle by the Design Center and the Francisco Carolinum and end your exciting tour at the bike rental shop.

Linz: Private Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

10. Linz: Private Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

Join a family-friendly tour to experience Linz's history and culture in a fun way. See the city's historical sites on a tour adapted to your kids as you discover the legends and fairy tales of Linz Old Town. Choose between a two-hour and a four-hour walking tour. Meet your guide outside arte Hotel Linz, then follow them to the Pöstlingbergbahn Museum. Explore the permanent exhibition on the historic railway with your guide. Let your kids play on the old-school railway carriage as you enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of this valley station. After having fun at the railway museum, pass the Ars Electronica Center Museum of the Future and cross the Nibelungenbrücke bridge over the Danube River to explore the heart of Linz. See the most important buildings and monuments on the Hauptplatz, such as the Old Town Hall, the spectacular Holy Trinity Column, and the beautiful Neptune Fountain. Enjoy the riddles, fairy tales, and mystery stories your guide tells to introduce the city’s history and culture to your children. Then, leave the main square and stroll down the Hofgasse, a charismatic narrow alley, passing Kepler's House and the Losensteiner Freihaus. Finally, stop at Linz Castle, where you will explore the castle’s inner courtyard and play in the Castle Park. Choose the four-hour option to visit the Castle Museum with your guide and discover permanent exhibitions on the artistic and cultural history of Upper Austria from the Neolithic Age up to the 20th-century. Marvel at the art and cultural pieces, such as the lovely traditional costumes and golden hats typical of the Upper Austrian province, the weapons collection, and a vintage car.

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What people are saying about Upper Austria

An overall enjoyable trip to amazing Halstaat.Worth every penny .Don't miss going to this beautiful trip with a very professional driver and guide.Thanks for making our trip so pleasant.

If you have enough time, definitely do it! It is very calming there. Nice change from the busy city. Something you must see. The bus was very comfortable.

Perfect trip. All was well organised.. On time....Hallstatt is an amazing place... Price was good including ticket for sky lift..I am happy..

It was a great experience, even with rainy weather. Our guide was really helpful, kind and well organized. Thank you for the trip!

Well organized tour. Our guide was excellent. Highly recommended