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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, the guide will collect the money for the ticket on the bus.  On arrival in Hallstatt, you might begin your visit with a mountain train ride up to the entrance of the world’s oldest salt mines (though the tour does not visit the mine itself), where you can admire the views down onto Hallstatt.  In Hallstatt you will have 2.5 hours to take in the sights. Enjoy 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.

From Salzburg: Guided Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour

2. From Salzburg: Guided Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour

Embark on a half-day trip to Hallstatt from Salzburg. Take a scenic drive past Lake Fuschl with insightful commentary from your guide on board. Enjoy free time in Hallstatt to explore at your own pace. Depart from Salzburg and traverse Austria's lake district in an air-conditioned bus. Pass Lake Fuschl and stop for photos of St. Gilgen, Lake Wolfgang, and the surrounding mountains of the Salzkammergut. Afterward, continue your trip along Lake Wolfgang and soak up the views of this UNESCO World Heritage landscape. Enjoy insightful commentary about the region from your onboard guide. Pass through a number of charming villages on your drive to Hallstatt. Once you arrive in Hallstatt, have 2.5 hours of free time to explore this fairytale city and its surroundings. You can visit the ossuary or “bone-house”, and see the 1000 painted human skulls inside. Opt for a funicular ride to the entrance of the world’s oldest salt mine and enjoy the breathtaking views from an observation platform. Walk along the lake and marvel at how the houses above you seem to cling to the mountainside. After your free time, board the bus for your return journey. This time, pass through the Rußbach valley and the towns of Gosau and Abtenau which are famous for their stunning views of the Dachstein mountain range.

Salzburg: 4-hour White Water Rafting on the Salzach River

3. Salzburg: 4-hour White Water Rafting on the Salzach River

Join this rafting tour and head to the Salzach River. Provided the water level is high enough, you'll experience white water rafting of moderate difficulty. From the meeting point, you'll transfer to the start of the river. After you begin, there's a short section of the river that will give you time to familiarise yourself with the character of the river and the onboard commands. You'll soon be at the 'Labyrinth', a blocked rapids section that will demand focused attention. Make your way through the Railway rapids section, after which point the river continues through Lend. From the impressive waterfall of the Gasteiner Ache, things slow down a bit. Shortly before the finish, there are some splashy sections where staying dry will not be an option. After, you'll head back to the meeting point.

Salzburg: River Rafting Trip for Beginners

4. Salzburg: River Rafting Trip for Beginners

Make a splash with this beginners whitewater rafting trip. Discover some great Salzburg scenery and enjoy varied water sections across this 10km tour. After a short 20 minute drive from the meeting point, begin your tour in the shadow of the imposing Hohenwerfen Castle. Your rafting guide will give you all the equipment you need to ensure you're safe and set for the water. Then, its time to make your journey up the river underneath the Tennen and Hagen mountains. Enjoy a route featuring beautiful sandbanks, as well as some faster surge and splashing sections too. Take advantage of the opportunity to jump out of the boat during the route and swim in the river. Enjoy fun for all the family on this whitewater adventure.

From Salzburg: Full-Day Super Saver Bavarian Mountains Tour

5. From Salzburg: Full-Day Super Saver Bavarian Mountains Tour

The first highlight of this tour is the visit to the Eagle's Nest, from where you will have a breath-taking view over the Alps. Afterwards you have the opportunity to eat lunch in the town of Berchtesgaden. Then, you will visit the salt mines in Berchtesgaden, where you will discover the miners life underground. Finally, you will visit the Kings Lake, which is embedded among the steep and imposing mountains. Treat yourself with a few Bavarian specialities in the romantic village of Berchtesgaden before you will return to Salzburg.  

Salzburg: Beginners Canyoning Lesson

6. Salzburg: Beginners Canyoning Lesson

Try your hand at canyoning, an adrenaline-pumping sport that involves floating, swimming, walking, jumping, and abseiling at the beautiful Almbachklamm canyon.  Meet your certified guide in Anif. After a quick safety briefing and instructions, get kitted out and hop back in your car to travel to the entry point of the canyon.  Here, learn how to canyon. Walk, hike, slide, and jump down the rapids to swim in crystal-clear pools on a 3-hour adventure. If you're not feeling up to the challenge of jumping, don't worry as all jumps can also be abseiled. After your adventure, feel free to grab a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant before heading back to Salzburg.

Salzburg: The Original Sound of Music Tour

7. 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.

Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

8. Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

Explore the Berchtesgaden Salt Mines with this guided tour. Sail access an underground lake aboard a raft. Visit the Austrian border town of Berchtesgaden on this day trip before returning to Salzburg by bus.   Hop aboard the comfortable and airconditioned bus at the centrally-located meeting point in Mirabellplatz. Sit back and relax on the drive through the countryside to the salt mines of Berchtesgaden. Get fitted with overalls to protect your clothing before climbing aboard the mine railway and traveling down into the shafts. Follow your guide thorugh a maze of branching tunnels and hear about the fascinating history of Alpine salt-mining. Travel deeper underground with a thrilling slide ride to the bottom of the mine. Climb aboard a raft to journey across the extraordinary underground salt lake. Head to Berchtesgaden before heading back to Salzburg to enjoy the charm of this rustic town with alpine views.

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

9. 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.

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

10. 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. 

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What people are saying about Salzburg

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,636 reviews

It was a very good experience & i wud definitely recommend it . Sometimes, it felt like we were being hurried a bit , & sometimes we had to wait at places to fit in their schedule but we were always on schedule . The salient features were covered so overall it was good

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!

Steffi gave us plenty of activities on route. Taking us out of our comfort zone at times. Testing our mettle and strength of character whilst being fun at all times.

Great tour with historicsl context explained. Definitely recommend to those interested in the history of the place ans scenic views along the way!