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Salzburg: Original Sound of Music Tour

1. Salzburg: 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. Let your guide show you the architectural and historical landmarks of the city and the picturesque Lake District. See 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: Boat Ride to Hellbrunn and Palace Visit

2. Salzburg: Boat Ride to Hellbrunn and Palace Visit

Discover the old city of Salzburg by water and sail leisurely along the river. Admire the gorgeous façades of Salzburg in the direction of Hellbrunn with views of the mountain range and rural Salzburg. After half an hour, arrive at the Hellbrunn dock and board a London-style double-decker bus, which will bring you to the fairytale Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn). Enjoy priority entry to the world-famous water features in the palace's expansive gardens. Experience life as it was and see what delighted the local archbishops 400 years ago: mysterious, mystic grottoes, water features, and geysers around every corner. See the exclusive premises of the pleasure palace and hear interesting information with your audio guide. After the tour, you will return to the old city.

Salzburg: The Original Sound of Music Tour

3. Salzburg: The Original Sound of Music Tour

Discover the hills that have been alive to the Sound of Music since 1967. This 4-hour tour of the famous movie’s locations whisks you around the historical city of Salzburg, then departs for the breathtaking mountainous landscape of Salzkammergut. Traveling with, Albus, the company involved with the original filming, you will be guided around The Mirabell Gardens – where the famous “Do-Re-Mi” singing scene took place – and the 17th-Century Hellbrunn Palace, where Rolf and Liesl sang "16 going on 17," and Maria and the Baron sang “Something Good.” Heading for the mountainous landscape of Salzkammergut, you will stop off at the idyllic Palace of Leopoldskron, the Benedictine monastery of Nonnberg Abbey, Lake Wolfgang, and the cloister church in Mondsee, where Maria walked down the aisle to meet the Baron at the altar. As well as providing a glimpse into a timeless movie, the tour also takes in many other local pieces of history and culture along the way.

From Munich: Salzburg, St. Wolfgang, and the Salzkammergut

4. From Munich: Salzburg, St. Wolfgang, and the Salzkammergut

Travel through the picturesque foothills of the Bavarian Alps on this day trip from Munich to Salzburg. Admire alpine wonders along the way and have free time to explore Salzburg at your own pace.  Hop aboard a comfortable and climate controlled bus at a centrally-located meeting point in Munich. Relax on the drive and spy the enchanting Chiemsee, also called the "Bavarian Sea," as it is the largest lake in Bavaria. Arrive in Salzburg, the city of Mozart and have around 2.5 hours to see the city's impressive buildings, take in the vistas, and wander through the Baroque Old Town. Have time to take in sights like the Hohensalzburg fortress and the birthplace of Mozart.  Spend your free time checking out the cathedral, Hellbrunn Palace, and the fountains. Take a stroll through the Old Town to uncover boutique shops and eateries offering culinary delicacies. Get back on the bus and, in the summer (from April until November), travel thorughthe Salzkammergut to the Wolfgangsee. Purchase a boat ride to St. Wolfgang, the Hotel zum Weißen Rössl, and see the pilgrimage church.  Stop at the Mondsee, a location for the film "The Trapp Family." In the winter (from November to April), instead of the visit to St. Wolfgang you'll get to enjoy more time in Salzburg. During December enjoy the colors and aromas of Christkindlmarket Christmas market. Return to your meeting point in Munich by bus at the end of your tour.

Salzburg City Tour with Tickets to Mozart's House

5. Salzburg City Tour with Tickets to Mozart's House

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Salzburg! For many centuries, the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg ruled both the sacred and secular life of the city. To this day, a rich inheritance of imposing buildings testifies to their might. Allow yourself to be enchanted by these architectural gems! The most renowned artists and architects of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods graced the city with their masterpieces. Take time to enjoy this enthralling city, with its magnificent buildings from all eras, and discover the world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Visit Mozart's birth house after the bus tour.

Salzburg: City and Surroundings Bike Tour

6. Salzburg: City and Surroundings Bike Tour

Begin your journey of discovery of the magical surroundings of Salzburg, in Mozartplatz. From there, ride across Residenzplatz, Domplatz to the Festspielhaus, and further to the Salzach. See one of the most beautiful views of the old town on the Müllner Steg bridge. Then, enjoy the view over the Mirabell Garden to the Festung Hohensalzburg, a well-known but always impressive sight.  After a longer ride along the Salzach River, cross the river to Nonntal and stop to view an 8th-century female convent Nonnberg Abbey. On small side streets and cycle paths, head to Hellbrunner Allee and Hellbrunn Palace. A shady path with old trees goes for 2.8 kilometers past stately homes such as the impressive Schloss Freisaal and Schloss Fronburg. Make a short stop in the park at Hellbrunn Palace to refresh your feet in the Kneipp pool. Marvel at the modern art in the park and enjoy the 400-year-old complex with the beautiful palace and colorful flowers. Continue your ride and pass various residential districts with views of the Untersberg to the Leopoldskron Palace. Overlooking the Untersberg, the path leads to Schloss Leopoldskron. After cycling around a little lake, discover great photograph opportunities. The 200-year-old estate, now known as a Schloss Hotel, has been a film location for different movies and has a long interesting history.  Discover beautiful homes and gardens next to the Almkanal, a little canal with turquoise water from the Königssee. Travel over a small hill back to the city and Mozart Square. Treat yourself to your last look to the Alps, the Untersberg mountain, and find a spectacular view over the old town to Mirabellgarden and Kapuzinerberg. 

From Vienna: Day Trip to Salzburg with 'Sound of Music' Tour

7. From Vienna: Day Trip to Salzburg with 'Sound of Music' Tour

Step into the magic of the film 'The Sound of Music' this day trip from Vienna to Salzburg. Hear live commentary about the Trapp family aboard the airconditioned bus. Stop by sights iconic sights from the film like Leopoldskron castle and the Felsenreitschule theater.  Board the comfortable bus outside the Vienna State Opera and relax on the drive as you hear facinating background information about the life of the Trapp family. Stop in Hellbrunn, where you can admire the original pavilion from the film during a walk.  Continue to see the outside of the Leopoldskron castle and its tranquil pond which was used as part of the Trapp family home in the film. View the church where the Trapps were actually married at Nonnberg Chapel. Stroll through the streets of Salzburg and see the large medieval fortress of Hohen Salzburg. Finally, reach the Felsenreitschule theater in the center of Salzburg where your guided walk ends. Enjoy free time in the city of Salzburg to explore at your own pace.  Sing a song or two from the cult film in the bus on the way back to your drop-off point at the the Vienna State Opera house. 

From Vienna: Sound of Movies Musical Tour to Salzburg

8. 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: City and Countryside Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Hellbrunn Palace

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This was an Excellent 1.5 hour tour which I could not have done on my own. The places covered are in and around the city. I had an Excellent Guide Bridget who also gave me some tips about how to explore the city for the rest of the day with the Salzburg card. The information provided about the historical importance was awesome.

Anthony was well versed in Sound of Music knowledge and the history of Salzburg. Saw shooting locations of the house, the gazebo, the lake, the trees that the kids climbed, and the church. Ended tour in Mirabella Gardens. Wonderful tour!!!! I would love to do it again!

Our guide Peter and driver Boris were fabulous. We had the best time ever and learned so much about the filming of The a Sound Of Music but also about the real Maria and the Von Trapp family. We will be back!

Brigette our tour guide was amazing. The tour was so interesting. I kind of dragged my fiancé to this but he ended up loving it!! We even got to have some wine and beer on the bus!

So much fun (loved the sing-a-long!) and very informative. Our guide was awesome!