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From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

1. From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

After pickup from your centrally-located Vienna hotel, depart on a day trip to stunning region of Salzkammergut. Stop at Schloss Ort, a snow-white castle where countless couples dream of celebrating their weddings. Take the opportunity to snap some photos on its famous wooden bridge. Continue to the heart of the Salzkammergut region, the fabulous town of Hallstatt, set on the shores of an azure-blue lake. Ascend to the Skywalk to enjoy breathtaking views over the town, lake, and mountains. You will have some free time for lunch and to wander the narrow streets, or hire a boat to explore from the water. On the way back you to Vienna, make a stop at the charming resort town of Traunkirchen, located on the bank of the deepest lake in Austria. Admire the unforgettable natural landscape from this lovely place, before continuing to Vienna where your tour will end at the Vienna State Opera.

Salzburg: Dinner and Classical Concert at Mirabell Palace

2. 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.  

Salzburg: City Highlights Tour

3. 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.

From Vienna: Sound of Movies Musical Tour to Salzburg

4. From Vienna: Sound of Movies Musical Tour to Salzburg

Start your trip in the idyllic scenery of the Austrian Alps. Visit the famous church of Mondsee, chosen by the director of The Sound of Music as an ideal location for Maria's wedding. On the way to Salzburg, take the chance to snap great pictures of the beautiful lakes and peaks. Enjoy the fresh air in the Hellbrunn Park, and see the famous Gazebo keeping the secret of Liesl's first kiss. See the Nonnberg nunnery, the oldest in Europe that became famous thanks to voice of Maria Kutschera, whose story served as inspiration for the Sound of Music movie. Take a stroll through the magnificent Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children danced around the Pegasus Fountain singing the song Do-re-mi. See the picturesque Hourse Pond shot in the film and Residence Square's famous Residence Fountain, the most famous fountain in the city, chosen for the I Have Confidence in Me song. Take pictures of the Summer Riding School where the von Trapp family took part in the world-famous Salzburg music festival, and enjoy the silence of the oldest cemetery in Austria at the Saint Peter's Monastery, where the von Trapp family found a secure hiding place before escaping to Italy.

Salzburg: City and Surroundings Bike Tour

5. Salzburg: City and Surroundings Bike Tour

Begin your journey of discovery of the magical surroundings of Salzburg, ist the Bike rental location.. From there, ride along the river Salzach to Mozart square and across Residenzplatz, Domplatz to the Festspielhaus. Continue to see one of the most beautiful views of the old town on the Müllner Steg bridge. Then, enjoy the view over the Mirabell Garden to the Festung Hohensalzburg, a well-known but always impressive sight.  After a longer ride along the Salzach River, cross the river to Nonntal and stop to view an 8th-century female convent Nonnberg Abbey. On small side streets and cycle paths, head to Hellbrunner Allee and Hellbrunn Palace. A shady path with old trees goes for 2.8 kilometers past stately homes such as the impressive Schloss Freisaal and Schloss Fronburg. Make a short stop in the park at Hellbrunn Palace to refresh your feet in the Kneipp pool. Marvel at the modern art in the park and enjoy the 400-year-old complex with the beautiful palace and colorful flowers. Continue your ride and pass various residential districts with views of the Untersberg to the Leopoldskron Palace. Overlooking the Untersberg, the path leads to Schloss Leopoldskron. After cycling around a little lake, discover great photograph opportunities. The 200-year-old estate, now known as a Schloss Hotel, has been a film location for different movies and has a long interesting history.  Discover beautiful homes and gardens next to the Almkanal, a little canal with turquoise water from the Königssee. Travel over a small hill back to the city and Mozart Square. Treat yourself to your last look to the Alps, the Untersberg mountain, and find a spectacular view over the old town to Mirabellgarden and Kapuzinerberg. 

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.

Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

7. Munich: Day Trip to Salzburg Private Guided Tour

Add a touch of adventure to your stay in Munich with this guided private trip to Salzburg. Discover its must-see sights such as the Old Town Hall, Collegiate Church, and DomQuartier. Admire the grand Salzburg Cathedral and hidden gems with your private guide. Start with pickup directly from your accommodation in Munich. Sit back and relax on the drive through the picturesque mountain landscapes along the German-Austrian border. In Salzburg, embark on a private walking tour of the historic old town and its highlights. Start with a visit to the gardens of the Mirabell Palace. Stroll through the peaceful grounds and admire the architecture and tranquil fountains. Salzburg is famously known as the birthplace of Wolfgang A. Mozart, and you'll find many places related to this Austrian composer on the tour, such as his former residence and the tenement house where he was born. Explore UNESCO-protected Old Town where you will find the fantastic Salzburg Cathedral. Visit the interior of the cathedral before seeing other sites such as St. Peter's Abbey and the Collegiate Church. Admire the views of the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress that overlooks the city. Enjoy some free time to explore after your guided tour. Your guide can provide tips on where to eat and what to visit. After your free time, hop back on the bus for a relaxing journey back to Munich, with drop-off at your accommodation or at a central point within the city.

Private Hallstatt Full-Day Tour

8. Private Hallstatt Full-Day Tour

With a professional local guide and a luxury private vehicle, you will be sure to save time and get the maximum out of a full-day private sightseeing tour to Hallstatt. Starting at 10 AM. Make yourself comfortable in your luxury touring vehicle and enjoy the lovely countryside of Salzburg on the way to the first stop, the charming village of Ebenau. After a short ride, you will arrive at Schloss Fuschl which is an old Prinz archbishop hunting lodge located at the picturesque Fuschlsee (Lake Fuschl). Take a few shots of the Castle and the emerald green lake as its backdrop. Your journey will take you to St Gilgen and the Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang). The village of St Gilgen was used in the world-famous movie The Sound of Music and was the birthplace of Mozart's mother. Your journey will take you along the Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl, where the Kaiser (Emperor) Villa is located. Once you arrive at Hallstatt, your professional local guide will point out all of the must-sees in Hallstatt, including a gorgeous photo place, Charnel House (Bone House), Hallstatt Museum, Hallstatt Waterfall "Waldbachstrub," the Sky View Platform, Hallstatt's local residence area, and more. Following an 8-hour exploration of Hallstatt and the lake district, your drive will return you to Salzburg via Gosau, Abtenau, and Golling, where your private tour will end with a drop-off at your Salzburg city hotel or anywhere else in the city of Salzburg.

Salzburg: Skip-the-line Hohensalzburg Fortress Tour

9. 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: Private Sound of Music Tour Full or Half-Day

10. Salzburg: Private Sound of Music Tour Full or Half-Day

The 1965 musical The Sound of Music was a worldwide hit, using stunning settings that were as captivating as the storyline itself, and this tour gives you the chance to explore some of them first-hand. After breakfast at one of the film sites — the Leopoldskron Palace — you will see the gazebo in the gardens of Hellbrunn Palace, and take a tour of the actual Villa Trapp. The tour continues to the picturesque alpine village of Werfen, where you will follow in Maria’s footsteps on the Sound of Music hiking trail, where the famous opening scene was shot, with its breathtaking views. Afterwards, there is an optional lunch (35 Euros) at Obauer, one of the most exclusive restaurants in Europe, recognized as outstanding by the French Guide Gault Millau. After lunch, visit the spectacular Hohenwerfen Fortress, not only part of The Sound of Music but also a location in the 1968 film Where Eagles Dare, with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. The last part of the tour takes you via scenic mountain roads to Mondsee, to visit the cathedral where the romantic wedding in the movie was filmed - a perfect place to end a perfect day.

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3.9 / 5

based on 12 reviews

We were lead by the wonderful & youthful looking Sophia but don't let the youthful appearance deceive you, she is very well educated, very well-versed in her Austrian History despite moving there from Ukraine a year ago, is extremely passionate about the city & was able to repeat what she was saying to the Russian contingent amongst the group. Not only is Sophia insightful & knowledgeable with regards to her Austrian history, she provides a unique version in her own quirky sense of humour which I found incredibly endearing & able to relate to and understand better. I appreciated being notified about how much time there was before the next stop because it is a long journey. The journey is broken up into segments, so you are never more than 2 hours at a time on the bus. The only downside was the rain throughout the day but I doubt even Sophia & Travel7 could conjour up a solution for that! It did dampen our clothes but Sophia's humour did not dampen our spirits "Mr Good Team Player"

Wow! We only had four days in Vienna and decided to dedicate a full day to this trip - best decision ever. We were very fortunate to have great weather. Hallstatt is truly beautiful and the views from the Skywalk breathtaking. The bus drive was super and did not feel long at all. It is a stunning scenic route with strategic stops for refreshments and photo opportunities, and our tour guide Dasha shared very interesting facts about the history of Vienna and Hallstatt (and everything in between). Thank you to Dasha and our bus driver for a truly memorable trip. Highly recommended!

It was an awesome day, not too hectic. We had an amazing Guide who updated us a lot about destinations, history, and everything around. It was a well planned and comfortable tour. I also found a good friend during this trip.

Halstatt was very Beautiful, definitely worth visiting. We lost time as pick up delayed due to traffic , as I understand which was sad. Dasha was our guide, very informative and friendly.

Been a really good well-organised trip! We left Vienna a bit late but we still visited all that was planned in the itinerary. Dasha had been such an amazing guide!