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

1. 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

2. 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: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

3. Salzburg: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Discover the Baroque churches of Salzburg on a private guided walking tour. Choose from a 2, 3, 4, or 6-hour tour, see Mozart's birthplace, and marvel at the beautiful Mirabell Palace Gardens. As you stroll through the quaint streets of Salzburg with your private guide, hear about the fascinating history, culture, and musical heritage of this beautiful alpine town. Book a 2-hour walking tour to see Salzburg's top sights and hidden gems. Enjoy the alpine scenery as you wander around the baroque pleasure gardens of the Mirabell Palace, a historic residence built by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich. See Mozart's former residence, birthplace, and many monuments dedicated to this great Austrian composer. Stop to admire the city's Baroque architecture, such as the stunning white walls of Kollegienkirche and Salzburg Cathedral. Book a 3-hour walking tour to see more of Salzburg and visit Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church) and the courtyard of St. Peter's Abbey. Inside the Kollegienkirche, the church of the University of Salzburg, marvel at the clean, white design, and learn about its famous organ. Finish your 3-hour tour with a visit to the courtyards of a medieval monastery complex that has served as the spiritual heart of Salzburg for more than 1,000 years. Choose the 4-hour walking tour visit to Salzburg Cathedral, Kollegienkirche, and the courtyard of St. Peter's Abbey while exploring the Old Town. Step inside the 17th-century Baroque cathedral to admire its beautiful interior with stunning frescos, a huge organ, and the baptismal font in which Mozart was baptized. Finish with a visit to the cathedral museum, which houses sacred art and other treasures. See as much of Salzburg as possible with the 6-hour tour. After visiting Salzburg Cathedral, Kollegienkirche, and the courtyard of St. Peter's Abbey, ride the funicular up to Fortress Hohensalzburg and enjoy skip-the-line tickets. Explore the historic castle and its museums with your private guide and learn about the prince-bishops who lived in this immense fortress. See the Golden Hall, Golden Chamber, and Bedchamber. Finish your tour with a visit to the Fortress Museum, Rainer Regiment Museum, Marionette Museum, and Armory.

Salzburg: Life of Mozart Private Guided Walking Tour

4. Salzburg: Life of Mozart Private Guided Walking Tour

Get to know Salzburg by discovering the hometown of Mozart, along with his life, stories, songs, and symphonies that brought him worldwide fame. Learn about the secrets, legends, and funny stories of Mozart and his family. Marvel at amazing Mirabell Palace and its gardens, where young Wolfgang Mozart with his father and brother used to play. Visit Salzburg State Theatre, which was also attended by the Mozart family. Visit Mozart's Birthplace, a fantastic colorful tenement, which is one of the most visited museums in Austria. Inside, discover items of everyday life, as well as furniture from the 18th century, and feel as if you have personally been transported back to the days of Mozart! Extend the tour to 3 hour to experience an exclusive concert of Mozart's most famous compositions in a beautiful location in Salzburg, including churches, cathedrals and residences.

Salzburg: Private City Highlight Tour with a Guide

5. Salzburg: Private City Highlight Tour with a Guide

Take a walk through the Mirabell Garden and enjoy a beautiful view of the garden and the Fortress Hohensalzburg. Walk to the Salzach river and into the old town of Salzburg to the shopping street Getreidegasse. Learn about the "white gold" and how it influenced the development of Salzburg. Explore the historical city centre which lays between the river and the Mönchsberg. Take a walk along the shopping street. Find beautifully wrought iron signs, arts and craft shops between famous name brands along the narrow street. Spoil yourself with a shopping spree in Getreidegasse after the tour. Mozarts Birthplace is right in the centre of Getreidegasse. Most people stop in front of the big yellow house or choose to visit the Museum. Listen to facts about the Mozart family, their life and career, their faith and their heritage. Continue through an alleyway to one of the most fun places in Salzburg - the Farmers Market at the University square. This big, baroque church forms an impressive backdrop for the food stands. Do not hesitate to try the local cheese, sausages, fruits and pretzels with some local beer or fresh water. The Old Market square is surrounded by shops and famous coffee houses. This is a place to enjoy the rest of your day after the tour with a cup of good coffee and freshly made apple strudel. It is time to walk to the Residenzplatz. The architecture changes all of a sudden. The small streets and the shops are replaced with big spacious squares, a big Residence fountain in the centre of the square, the Old Residenz and the New Residenz, the Dom square and the Chapter square. Most buildings hold precious treasures and art of Salzburg's history, definitely worth to visit. Take a look into the Salzburg Dom and find many frescos, altars and organs. The crypt holds many graves from the former Prince-Archbishops and even modern art in a 12th-century apsis. On the way out find the baptismal where W.A.Mozart was baptized. At the end of the tour take the funicular to the top of the fortress Hohensalzburg and enjoy the view into Salzburg. From this over 900-year-old fortress, you can even view the Northern Limestone Alps and on a very clear day, you can see the Eagles Nest in the far distance. This tour will give you the insider’s view of the city with tips on how to get the most out of your vacation here. You will learn lots of historical facts along with a few funny anecdotes about Salzburg. Then it is time to enjoy the buzz of the city on your own.

Salzburg Cathedral: Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

6. Salzburg Cathedral: Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

Join this guided tour of Salzburg Cathedral to learn all about the building's past and present. Your local, expert tour guide will share stories about the cathedral’s origin and importance as a sacred, cultural landmark. Learn about the centuries of church rule associated with the cathedral as you admire the building's beautiful, baroque details. The magnificent white marble façade is only a hint of the treasure that lies within. Your tour finishes with a visit to the Romanesque crypt, where you will experience a mystical, modern art installation.

Salzburg: Austrian Food Tasting with Old Town Private Tour

7. Salzburg: Austrian Food Tasting with Old Town Private Tour

Discover the cuisine native to Austria and the unique characteristics of Salzburg on an exclusive tasting tour that combines sampling delicious dishes with sightseeing in Salzburg Old Town. Get your stomach full and see the historical, cultural, and architectural highlights of the capital of Austria. Pick the 2,5-hour tour to visit one popular local restaurant and a patisserie in Salzburg Old Town, with remarkable sights along the way. Taste a special menu prepared for you including the best authentic dishes from Austria, such as Tafelspitz - beef boiled in traditional Austrian broth. For dessert, try the apple strudel Apfelstrudel or the chocolate cake Sachertorte. Get a full plate of food, one soft drink, a cup of coffee or tea, and have a chance to try the popular Cafe Melange. Listen as your private guide provides interesting historical facts and cultural anecdotes throughout the tour, ensuring that both your mind and body will be satisfied with this exclusive experience. If the 3,5-hour tour is chosen, enjoy food and a sightseeing tour in Salzburg Old Town and discover the amazing flavors and aromas of Austrian cuisine. Visit two restaurants and a patisserie, and try a bigger variety of foods, such as various kinds of Salzburg meats, the chicken dish of Cordon Bleu and a traditional sliced pancake soup, as well as, the authentic Wienerschnitzel, one soft drink, coffee or tea, and one Austrian beer to make the evening more special. Choose the 5-hour option to get a premium experience for food and beer enthusiasts. Stop at four traditional restaurants to enjoy a feast of Austrian hot dishes, meat specialties, soups, and desserts with a soft drink, a cup of coffee or tea, and 8 different beers. Get a taste for popular, regional and craft beers brewed in major and microbreweries across Austria. Learn about local customs around food and beer pairings. In addition, see more amazing sights of Salzburg Old Town, such as the Burgtheater, Minoritenkirche, and Rathausplatz.

Salzburg: Skip-the-line Hohensalzburg Fortress Tour

8. 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.

Salzburg Tour: The Sound of Melody City Tour

9. Salzburg Tour: The Sound of Melody City Tour

The hills are alive with the sound of music. Here in lovely Salzburg you can swing your arms and dance through the loveliest garden in the world, the Palace Mirabell, remembering scenes from that great film, "The Sound of Music." Your professional guide will take you through the heart of spectacular Salzburg on a tour highlighting both the history and iconic places made famous by "The Sound of Music." Along the way you will be treated to fun facts and history of the city of Salzburg. Once you reach Monk's Hill, all of Salzburg lies in front of you for breathtaking panoramic shots. And there might be, if you request, the guide (and a singer )will sing „the Sound of Music“ on the hill. And you'll maybe want to join your guide singing. From Monk's Hill to the Palace Leopoldskron, and way back to the Old Town you will see Nonnberg Convent from a near distance. On touring you should not miss singing along „Edelweiss“&„Do-Re-Mi“. There are plenty of photo-video opportunities... This tour is ideal to experience your own Sound of Music feeling and also never missing the good knowledge of unique history and culture of Salzburg.

Salzburg: Advanced Sightseeing Tour with Degustation

10. Salzburg: Advanced Sightseeing Tour with Degustation

This special tour is designed for locals and guests alike. Everybody who wants to learn more about this famous city. You will delve into Salzburg with entertaining, new and informative stories, stories that will give a deeper insight and allow for a more detailed understanding of this place. You will also visit a traditional shop or meet a local producer to get the best insight into exactly what local life is like. Be prepared to find secret spots and hear surprising anecdotes, all off the beaten track of the normal tourist routes. The tour's duration will be about two hours, will begin by meeting at Mozartplatz, next to the Mozart statue. On your way you will see the very heart of the center complete with its unique sights. The tour will also stop at a shop and at the conclusion of the tour you will be able to enjoy a drink or degustation of your choosing.

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4.4 / 5

based on 814 reviews

We had a wonderful city tour on a great autumn day with the best weather. Added to the great weather was that we basically had a private tour as my wife and I were the only guests on this very enjoyable tour. Due to the places and sights visited, it is easy to explore the sights more intensively on the following days.

It was a great tour of Salzburg with great photo stops. Edwin has an incredible amount to tell about Salzburg and the surrounding area and also conveys it very well, I was never bored. The photos turned out excellent!

Absolutely to recommend! My expectations were exceeded. Mr. Beckmann has excellently described the history of the origins of the Salzburg Cathedral and also conveyed the way of thinking of that time. It was great!

June was our guide and was exceptionally educated on Salzburg and its history. The couple of hours on tour that we took on our first day in town was ideal to identify what we should do for the rest of our tour

A nice little Japanese ledy who knew a lot about thi history and curiosities of Salzburg. And she took us to see even the least known parts of rown. Definitely worth the price.