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Original Sound of Music Tour

1. 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. Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will show you the architectural and historical landmarks of the city and the picturesque Lake District. You’ll visit 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.

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Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

2. Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

Admire beautiful mountains on your short trip to Salzburg city. A local guide will pick you up in Salzburg and show you around. During this guided tour, discover the most significant sights, historic events, and hidden gems with your private local guide. Salzburg is more than the City of Mozart. Enjoy Mirabell Palace, and discover beautiful gardens, statues, architecture, and fountains. Explore UNESCO-protected Old Town to admire Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter's Abbey, and Collegiate Church. Also, see some “The Sound of Music” filming locations. Look at the magnificent Hohensalzburg Fortress, with its rooftop views, history, and a huge area to explore in the Main Castle. After learning about Salzburg, including tips about where to visit and eat, use your free time after a guided walking tour. Your private driver will take you to Munich safely. You will be dropped off at your accommodation or any location in Munich you wish.

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Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress Admission Ticket

3. Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress Admission Ticket

Your visit to Salzburg Fortress starts with either a beautiful 20-30 minute walk or a quick and comfortable ride on Austria's oldest funicular (depending on tour option selected). Today you will find an ultra modern rail system instead of the original funicular, which was powered by water and transported people up and down the hill as early as 1892. Upon arrival at the top of the hill, experience a unique view over the Archbishop's city and the breathtaking landscape of Salzburg's mountains. Soak up the scenery, take photos, then continue with your visit to the medieval fortification complex, representing 900 years of building history. During your self-guided visit, explore all different parts of the castle and see why it was unconquered for more than 1000 years. Interact with models showing the various types of attack and defense practiced in a medieval fortress. Enjoy another highlight when you visit the Prince's Chambers, which ranks among the best-preserved secular buildings of the Gothic period. While walking through the complex, you'll always identify new views over the city and find many hidden corners of the castle just waiting to be discovered.

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Romantic Sleigh Ride through the Salzburg Countryside

4. Romantic Sleigh Ride through the Salzburg Countryside

Experience Salzburg's magical snowscape in a novel, unique, and above all, a romantic way. This half-day excursion will take you out of the city to the picturesque village of Faistenau. Your horse-drawn sleigh will take you onwards through a winter paradise. Snuggle down under a warm blanket and enjoy viewing the fairytale landscape in the time-honored way. After the ride (around 1 hour in length) there will still be time for a nice warm drink in a traditional village inn. If there is no snow, you can nevertheless take a ride in a horse-and-carriage, a wondrous trip through the dreamy countryside around Salzburg that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Baumgarten: Action Whitewater Rafting Adventure

5. Baumgarten: Action Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Enjoy thrill-filled action rafting on one of the most beautiful rivers in Bavaria and Austria, in Baumgarten. Just 30 minutes from Salzburg, this is a beautiful spot for nature lovers and adventure-seekers. Receive the necessary rafting equipment. Meet your rafting guide and transfer by bus to the entrance of the river. Receive a safety talk about paddling techniques and white water swimming from your guide. And off you go. Take a seat in your raft boat and experience the waves and fun together as a team. Your guide will take you safely through the white water. After a certain time, stop at the shore. You can jump from 4 meters into a natural pool.

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Salzburg: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

6. 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.

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Salzkammergut Mountain: Mountains & Lakes from Salzburg

7. Salzkammergut Mountain: Mountains & Lakes from Salzburg

Summer in the Salzkammergut: The Salzkammergut area has long been a dream destination for Austrian royalty. From Emperor Franz Joseph and his court in Bad Ischl to Salzburg's Prince-Bishops in Jagdschloss Fuschl. The picturesque landscapes of Salzburg, Upper Austria, and Steiermark will indeed fascinate. Visit the "Mozart Village" of St. Gilgen, the home of Mozart's mother and enjoy a 25-minute boat tour to St. Wolfgang (Boat tours are seasonal from 01 May to 26 October). In the town of St. Wolfgang visit the famous Gothic altar of Michael Pacher and enjoy a coffee break at a world-class restaurant, "Im Weissen Rössl." The drive back to Salzburg leads past the Krottensee and castle Hüttenstein as well as the Mondsee, which is surrounded by spectacular mountains. All in all, an unforgettable experience. From 27 October through 30 April, in place of the boat tour, you are warmly invited for coffee and cake. "

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Salzburg: Apple Strudel & Salzburger Nockerl Class

8. Salzburg: Apple Strudel & Salzburger Nockerl Class

Learn how to prepare an original Austrian apple strudel. During this class, you will be guided by your experienced chef. Each class will have a maximum of 15 people, and will be broken down further into tables of 2 to 4 people. You will be asked to fully partake in all the stages of the preparation. Activities such as marinating the apples and stretching out the pastry can be a lot of fun, and the whole experience of making the strudel is guaranteed to be as rewarding as enjoying the final outcome itself. While the apple strudel is in the oven, every class member will be invited to do their own Salzburger Nockerl. It is a local sweet and a must-have if you visit the town. In addition, it will be served a tasty goulasch soup which will be served before you get your own cooked creations. The lessons are an unique lunch option after your morning tour or before your afternoon activities.

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Eagle's Nest and Sound of Music Private Tour

9. Eagle's Nest and Sound of Music Private Tour

This 9-hour Tour combines the original locations from the world famous musical "The Sound of Music" with the historical "Eagle's Nest". Your tour starts with a tour of the city including the Palaces Leopoldskron (von Trapp Family House) and Hellbrunn (Sound of Music Pavilion). Hellbrunn Palace is on the way to the Eagle's Nest which will be next. Passing the border to Germany the journey continues to the Sound of Music Meadow (The Hills are alive). Now is your chance to spin in the field, reenacting the opening scene. And further on we go to the "Obersalzberg" which is located at 3000 ft. elevation right below the Eagle's Nest. From that historical point you will access the Eagle's Nest with special busses and elevator. The very scenic view to the Bavarian Mountains, the King's Lake and the surrounding area of Salzburg will be an everlasting memory of your holiday. Returning from the Eagle's Nest continue to the second highlight of our tour, the "Salzburg Lake District". Without returning back to Salzburg the tour continues straight to the Wies Valley and further on to Fuschl and St. Gilgen. Take a stunning photo of the castle of Fuschl with emerald Lake Fuschl in the background. The next highlight is Lake Wolfgang and the village St. Gilgen, the scenery of the area was shown at the beginning of the "The Sound of Music Film" and also Panorama Shots were made here. Enjoy a view from the "Mozart View Point" to Lake Wolfgang and the "Schafberg" Mountain. Maria and the children were using the rack-railway to the "Schafberg" when going from the city to the picnic site. Capture a picture of the lake from that great view point before you will continue to your last stop. Relax and enjoy the lovely countryside on the drive from St. Gilgen to the lake "Mondsee" further on to the town of Mondsee with the "Sound of Music Wedding Church", from where you make your way back to Salzburg. Your tour ends with a drop off at your Salzburg hotel or any other location within the city of Salzburg.  

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Salzburg: Skip-the-line Hohensalzburg Fortress Tour

10. Salzburg: Skip-the-line Hohensalzburg Fortress Tour

Explore 1,000 years of history in Hohensalzburg Fortress with an experienced guide. Marvel at the stunning Royal Apartments, see the impressive Golden Hall, and get a panoramic view from the top of the Fortress. Begin your tour of this ancient fortress outside the imposing structure. Snap photos as your guide explains its interesting history. Follow your guide into the massive complex, and enter the beautiful Royal Apartments, built to impress guests and demonstrate power. Continue to the Golden Hall, designed for grand ceremonies and royal parties. Look up to see the beautiful blue wooden ceiling, whose golden joists and buttons give the impression of a starry night sky. In the Arsenal, wonder at the collection of medieval weapons, including rapiers, broadswords, and halberds. Explore the Granary, Bastions, and bedrooms, getting an insider's view into the life of medieval nobility. Finish your tour of the Fortress with a breathtaking funicular ride to the top. Enjoy a 360-degree view of Salzburg, and spot the major sights with the help of your guide. After you've soaked in the view, continue your tour through the Old Town. Discover the magnificent Salzburg Cathedral, Mozartplatz, and marvel at the outstanding Franciscan Church and Collegian Church. Stroll along famous Getreidegasse, Mozart's favorite walking street, and see his birthplace. End your tour of Salzburg with the beautiful facades of the Rathaus and University.

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What people are saying about Salzburg

Great family experience. Went with my wife and kids 5 and 8 and it was just us and 2 other ladies. I wasn’t sure how taking the kids would work out but they loved it and were able to be fully involved. After the struddle and cookies went in the oven we sat to eat the goulash and probably the best I’ve had. Kids both loved it as well. We sampled our struddle and cookies after and what we couldn’t eat we were able to carry home. The building we cooked in was built into the stone and had a cool atmosphere and overall the experience exceeded my expectations.

I highly recommend this tour our tour guide Bridgette was excellent always giving us so many real family stories plus the movie stories. I had a super great afternoon. So relaxing.

its just super awsome, amazing ride with songs from the movie the locations where they filmed sound of music, totally recomended

Brilliant afternoon. Glorious scenery and very informative tour guide. Lots of facts you may not otherwise know

perfect but u should to take the tickets from.the cash