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Salzburg Cathedral: Organ Concert at Midday

1. 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.

Salzburg: 1-Hour Panorama City Tour with Boat Trip

2. 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!

Salzburg 2.5-Hour Walking Tour: Mozart, Old Town & More

3. 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 historic 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 Ghost Tour

4. Salzburg Ghost Tour

On this spooky and sinister tour of Salzburg, you will learn about the jobs of executioners and torturers and get to know the city’s medieval and modern methods of torture. The main focus of this guided tour will be the Salzburg witch trials and the Zauberer Jackl trials, as well as the role of the Catholic Church at the time. Dip into the history of superstition, legends, and sayings – and visit original sites such as the pillories, the torture chambers, and the place of execution. With its mix of dark and humorous tales, this tour is appropriate for children ages 10 and up. It lasts about 1.5 hours.

Salzburg: Interactive Puzzle and City Exploration Tour

5. 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.

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

6. 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: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

7. 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.

From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

8. 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: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

9. Salzburg: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

See the sights of Salzburg on a full-day tour from Vienna, with optional drop off for those who want to stay the night. Traveling in small groups of no more than 8 people, the intimate tour will take you through the breathtaking scenery of the Vienna Woods, with the peaks of the Alps in the distance, and on to the stunning Austrian lake district. Stop by picture-postcard Lake Attersee and visit the charming alpine village of St. Gilgen at lake Wolfgangsee, a famous location in the hit movie "The Sound of Music." Upon arrival in Salzburg, discover Salzburg's UNESCO-listed Old Town with your guide on a leisurely walking tour. Hear intriguing stories about the city's famous inhabitants as you pass Mozart's birthplace, the colorful gardens of Mirabell Palace, the cemetery of the Abbey of St. Peter, Salzburg Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace. Spend the afternoon in Salzburg with plenty of free time to purchase lunch and wander Mozart town on your own before making the journey back to Vienna with your driver.

Salzburg: City Highlights Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Salzburg Cathedral

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 427 reviews

We loved the tour, it is so worth it and the boat ride was phenomenal. The only thing we would have liked is to spend more time in Salzburg, to enter the Mozart museum and explore the city more calmly. I think that with 3 hours it would have been perfect. They only gave us an hour and a half to be in the city and very little was done for us. Everything else was amazing and our guide Paul very kind and friendly.

This was a most satisfying trip. We were a group with Paul who is an outstanding guide. He is clear in his instructions, very knowledgeable and very entertaining. The time in Salzburg is only enough to get a taste of all there is to offer but the time spent traveling to Saint Wolfgang and the boat trip more than make up for any frustration.

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.

How incredible to be able to hear the organ (there are five in this cathedral) in such a beautiful place. The duration was perfect--a chance to hear incredible music without a 2 or 3 hour commitment--unfortunately our time in Salzburg was limited.

We loved the tour and our very nice and funny guide. The only thing is that we were very tight on time and there wasn't much time to go around and take so many photos. But overall it's worth it.