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Things to do in Salzburg

With mountains, a clifftop fortress, and Baroque buildings, Mozart’s hometown is straight out of a fairy tale.

Our most recommended things to do in Salzburg

From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

1. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

Embark on a half-day scenic tour through the Salzkammergut to Hallstatt. See the town of Hallstatt on a guided tour and explore at your own pace after. Admire the Mullbach waterfall and the Bone House. Start the trip from Salzburg with a drive through the famous Salzkammergut en route to Hallstatt, known as the Pearl of the Salzkammergut. The route will take you through a number of charming villages, as you listen to an introduction to Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut. If you wish to do the Hallstatt Skywalk, please make your own arrangements and also considering an hour timewise from your 2.5 hours stay in Hallstatt.   On arrival in Hallstatt, enjoy 2.5 hours of free time to take in the sights. Take a leisurely walk along the lake and marvel at how the houses above you seem to cling onto the mountainside. Pass by the Mullbach waterfall and visit the local museum. A must-see attraction is the Bone House behind the Catholic church, which will give you an interesting view into local family life (admission not included). You’ll then begin the return journey via Abtenau and Russbach to Gosau, where you’ll see the Gosau Lake and admire the views of the Dachtsein mountains.

Salzburg: Mozart Concert at Mirabell Palace

2. Salzburg: Mozart Concert at Mirabell Palace

Experience an evening dominated by classical music, while enjoying the unique atmosphere of the breathtaking Baroque-style Marble Hall in Mirabell Palace. The Marble Hall was once the banquet hall of the prince archbishops and is today deemed one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world. In fact, Leopold Mozart and his children Wolfgang and Marianne (nicknamed Nannerl) have performed in this very room. Be blown away by the soloists and changing ensembles that will inspire you with their intense and atmospheric works. Experience different interpretations of delicate chamber music.

Salzburg: Original Sound of Music Tour

3. 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: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

4. Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

Enjoy arrival and departure on the funicular railway to hear the classic piece "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" while you enjoy a romantic dinner and concert in Salzburg. Admire the views from the Mozart fortress. Begin your evening with a romantic 3-course dinner. Experience a truly exceptional atmosphere at the 900-year-old fortress. Dine in the exclusive Panorama restaurant, which is located at the fortress and overlooks the old city of Salzburg. Next, hear Mozart's most beloved work as well as other masterpieces by the famous classical composer, interpreted by internationally-renowned soloists. After the concert, experience Mozart's city at twilight as the evening comes to an end. Classic dinner menuMini bread rolls with 2 different spreadsConsommé of beef with semolina dumplingCorn chicken supréme with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables"Mozart" dessert*Vegetarian options are available upon request VIP dinner menu Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads White wine soup with roasted Marcona almonds Sous vide cooked short rips from local beef on truffled mashed potatoes and grilled tomato de Roma or Salzburger gold trout "müllerin art" with rosemary potatoes Salzburger Nockerl Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries *Vegetarian options are available upon request

Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

5. Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

Enjoy unique mountain landscapes on this round tour of the enchanting Bavarian Alps. Traveling along the Königssee river, you will be able to discover the imposing crags and romantically positioned farmsteads of the road towards Obersalzberg. In specially-equipped and comfortable buses, you will be able to relax in luxury, while your driver conquers the dramatic heights and sheer cliffs. 20 minutes travel on well-constructed roads will bring you to the Eagle's Nest, where Adolf Hitler always spent his summer holidays. From the Eagle's Nest, you will be able to enjoy an extraordinary view of the "Hoher Göll" and other majestic, snow-covered mountain summits of the Bavarian Alps.

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

6. 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: Mozart Concert with Dinner

7. Salzburg: Mozart Concert with Dinner

Experience a fantastic combination of a delicious candlelit dinner made from original historical recipes and a concert with artists in period costumes at the Baroque Hall in the picturesque Salzburg. Listen to the music by the Salzburg genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart while you enjoy your delicious meal. Experience a special romantic evening and take in the atmosphere of Mozart’s Salzburg together with colorful costumes and culinary delights. Savor delicious pastries, succulent chicken, and a unique forest honey parfait. At the same time you will listen to Mozart's most famous compositions from 3 of his greatest operas. Concert starts at 7:30 PM Box office and doors open at 6:30 PM Seats are at tables for 8 persons and will be assigned on the spot. 3-course menu: • Dark rye bread with butter • Lemon-chicken broth with a curd cheese and rosemary dumpling • Stuffed roasted chicken breast in a red wine and herb jus with potato gratin and homegrown vegetables • Wild honey parfait with 2 different kinds of fruit sauce

Salzburg: Cruise, Dinner & Fortress Concert

8. Salzburg: Cruise, Dinner & Fortress Concert

Combine a dinner and "Best of Mozart"- fortress concert with a popular cruise on the River Salzach and experience Salzburg and its surroundings at its best.  Start your tour in the center of the old town and cruise south past the impressive scenery of the old town. Marvel at one of the city's most popular villa areas and get a glimpse of the impressive Tennen and Hagen Mountains. The 40-minute cruise is followed by an exquisite dinner at the panorama restaurant at Hohensalzburg Fortress. Afterward, listen to a "Best of Mozart"-concert within the most splendid halls of the fortress. Enjoy this unique combination crowned by a final high above the city's rooftops. Classic dinner menu: • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • Consommé of beef with semolina dumpling • Corn chicken supréme with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables • Mozart dessert VIP dinner menu: • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • White wine soup with roasted Marcona almonds • Sous vide cooked short rips from local beef on truffled mashed potatoes and grilled tomato de Roma Alternatively for the VIP dinner menu, you can choose: • Salzburger gold trout, 'müllerin art' with rosemary potatoes • Salzburger nockerl • Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries *Vegetarian options are available upon request.

Salzburg Cathedral: Organ Concert at Midday

9. 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: Dinner and Classical Concert at Mirabell Palace

10. Salzburg: Dinner and Classical Concert at Mirabell Palace

Enjoy fine dining in the heart of Salzburg with dinner at Restaurant Mirabell. Then, make your way to the Mirabell Palace for a classical music concert. Start your evening at the Grand Sheraton Hotel’s Restaurant Mirabell. Savor a delicious 3-course meal of Austrian cuisine in an elegant restaurant surrounded by the Mirabell Gardens. Whet your appetite with a fresh starter of tossed garden greens with Aberseer goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette. For your main course, choose between grilled chicken breast with zucchinis and crème of sweet potatoes, or roast filet of pikeperch on creamy leeks with Veltliner, fried potatoes, and braised cherry tomatoes. Conclude your culinary adventure with a semolina mouse with essence of forest berries. After dinner, take a short stroll to the nearby Mirabell Palace to take in a performance of classical music. Experience the skill and dedication of soloists and ensembles channeling the spirit of Mozart. The concert will be held in the Palace’s Baroque Marble Hall, considered to be one of the most beautiful and historically significant concert halls in Austria. In its glory days, the Mozart family performed here for Salzburg’s royalty. After the concert, feel free to head back to the hotel bar to round out your evening with a nightcap.  

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What people are saying about Salzburg

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4.5 / 5

based on 8,984 reviews

Super cool to see and recognize some film locations. Just do it. Songs are wonderfully stuck in your head until the evening. And just a fun experience richer.

Very good tour. We enjoyed the beautiful cathedral and the organ music was great! We appreciated the priest who spoke in both German and English.

Very nice selection of Hayden, Mozart and contemporary composers played by a good ensemble.

Great trip and great views but unfortunately lots of places closed in the winter.

Absolutely amazing. The music. The setting. Fantastic