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Salzburg Old Town (Salzburger Altstadt) Tours

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Salzburg Old Town (Salzburger Altstadt)
Salzburg’s Old Town (Salzburger Altstadt or Altstadt Salzburg) is the historical and navigational heart of the city, a maze of medieval streets stretching along the banks of the Salzach River. The birthplace of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg’s atmospheric Altstadt is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site and overlooked by the hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress.

The Basics
A Salzburg city tour typically begins in the Old Town to explore the city’s baroque architecture and rich cultural heritage. A popular choice is to combine a walking tour of the Old Town with a sightseeing cruise along the Salzach River or a visit to nearby attractions such as Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn), Leopoldskron Palace (Schloss Leopoldskron), or the Mirabell Garden (Mirabellgarten). 

Day trips to Salzburg are also possible from Vienna or Munich, Germany, often including a drive through the scenic Austrian lakes region, famous as a filming location for The Sound of Music.  

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Most of Salzburg’s Old Town is pedestrianized.
  • There are free Wi-Fi spots located around the Altstadt. 
  • Most of the attractions in Salzburg’s Old Town are wheelchair accessible, but some of the narrow cobbled streets might be tricky to navigate. 

How to Get There
Salzburg’s Old Town is just south of the main train station, about a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute taxi ride away. The Altstadt spans the Salzach River, and though city buses are available, the district itself is best explored on foot. Most of Salzburg’s main attractions, hotels, and restaurants are located here.

When to Get There
Lively at all times of the day, Salzburg’s historical center is busiest during the peak summer months of July and August. During that time, attractions such as the Hohensalzburg Fortress can feel crowded, and it’s best to make an early start. Alternatively, visit during the festive season, when Salzburg’s Cathedral Square (Domplatz) hosts one of Austria’s best Christmas markets.  

Highlights of Salzburg Old Town
The hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress offers a spectacular view over Salzburg. Many other Altstadt highlights are close together, including lively Kapitelplatz, the baroque Prince-Bishops’ Palace (Salzburg Residenz), Salzburg Cathedral, the Benedictine monastery of St. Peter’s Abbey, and the University Church (Kollegienkirche). Among the Old Town’s most popular sights is the Mozart Geburtshaus (Mozart’s Birthplace), a museum of the composer’s early life. It’s on Getreidegasse, the Altstadt’s elegant main shopping street, where many storefronts retain their original hanging wrought-iron signs.
Address: Salzburg, Austria
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Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Salzburg

Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Salzburg

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Get a comprehensive overview of Salzburg's attractions during this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Listen to the onboard commentary in 13 languages, then hop off at any one of the 12 stops to explore further on your own. Two-day and day ticket options available to suit your budget and schedule.
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  • 1 hour
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$24.98
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Salzburg Sightseeing City Cruise on Salzach River

Salzburg Sightseeing City Cruise on Salzach River

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See the city of Salzburg from a whole new angle on this 40-minute Salzach River sightseeing cruise. Choose the departure time to suit your schedule and hop aboard your sightseeing boat in Marktsteg — the heart of Salzburg’s pretty Old Town. Cruise in comfort onto the gentle Salzach River with your guide and enjoy panoramic views over the city’s medieval riverbanks. Admire the soaring peaks of the Hagenbirge and Tennengebirge in the mighty Tennen Mountains. Then, return to Marktsteg and take in the views from the other side of the river.
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  • 40 minutes
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$20.09
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River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg

River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg

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Admire medieval Salzburg from the water and discover one of the city’s top attractions on this 2.5-hour Hellbrunn Palace visit and Old Town river cruise. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat in Salzburg’s Old Town and cruise out onto the Salzach River with your guide. Gaze over the city’s medieval riverbanks on route to the 17th-century Hellbrunn Palace. Explore the Baroque palace and gardens at your leisure with your audio guide, and discover the water fountains for which the palace is famous. Afterward, transfer back to Salzburg by double-decker bus. 
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$40.19
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Private Salzburg Highlight Tour

Private Salzburg Highlight Tour

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Explore Salzburg and see the city’s major sights on this private guided walking tour. Stroll through the Mirabell Garden, see Mozart's residence and Trinity Church, and walk to the Salzach River and take in the views of the Old Town of Salzburg. Browse the Farmers Market, which is filled with vendors selling local cheeses, sausages, and pretzels with beer.
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  • 3 hours
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$315.25
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Sound of Music / Hallstatt Tour

Sound of Music / Hallstatt Tour

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Let us take you out for an unforgettable day. Following the Von Trapp story, we want to visit several movie locations of the "Sound of Music". The 16-going-on17-gazebo and of course the wedding church. Your enthusiastic tour guide will give you lots of information about the filming of the Sound of Music, the real of Trapp family and Austrian culture and lifestyle in general. On this tour, we want to take a tour through the Austrian Lake District to visit the UNESCO world cultural heritage site Hallstatt. You'll learn about the fascinating story of this salt mining town and spend 2 hours exploring this picturesque village on your own.
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  • 8 hours
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2 pm Sound of Music Tour by minivan

2 pm Sound of Music Tour by minivan

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If you are a fan of the Sound of Music, ensure you don't miss any of the movie locations in Salzburg by joining this special guided tour. In a small group of no more than eight people, follow the Von Trapp story as you head for such locations as Leopoldskroner Weiher and Schloss Hellbrunn.
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  • 4 hours
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$69.06
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Eagle's Nest and 'The Where Eagles Dare Castle' of Werfen

Eagle's Nest and 'The Where Eagles Dare Castle' of Werfen

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It can be overwhelming to research and plan an itinerary to see multiple dispersed attractions in one day. This day trip from Salzburg takes the stress out of planning by having everything organized for you. After a hotel pickup, you’ll travel to the Obersalzberg region, and see the Berghof ruins. Explore the Eagle’s Nest, Golling Waterfalls, and the Castle of Werfen. You’ll have plenty of time to explore independently, and find a spot for lunch too.
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  • 8 hours
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Salzburg Old Town Walking Tour

Salzburg Old Town Walking Tour

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In this tour, you will see: - An important and unique ornamental element, chapter square. - The historic city centre. -The place created by the demolition of various townhouses. -The city's most popular places to visit.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$254.26
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Hallstatt from Salzburg - 6-hour private Tour

Hallstatt from Salzburg - 6-hour private Tour

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It can take over 2 hours to get to the lakeside village of Hallstatt from Salzburg by train. Save yourself time and hassle, and get the most out of your day trip by booking a tour with a private guide. Your guide takes you to the mill village of Ebenau, the azure Wolfgang Lake, and shows you the best of Hallstatt. Come home with amazing photos of your day in the Lake District.
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  • 6 hours
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$313.89
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2-Hour Private Salzburg City Highlights Tour

2-Hour Private Salzburg City Highlights Tour

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Discover the UNESCO-listed city of Salzburg on this 2-hour private tour. Enjoy a comprehensive overview of the city’s history, architecture and culture as you pass top sites including Mozart’s House, Salzburg Cathedral and Mirabell Palace. Soak up the stunning Baroque buildings and see iconic film locations from ‘The Sound of Music.’ Numbers are limited to eight people on this private tour to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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  • 2 hours
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$261.72
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Private Tour: Salzburg Lake District and Hallstatt from Salzburg

Private Tour: Salzburg Lake District and Hallstatt from Salzburg

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Admire the beauty of the Austrian countryside on this private 8-hour Salzburg Lake District and Hallstatt tour from Salzburg. Leave bustling Salzburg behind and travel into rural Austria with your private guide. Take the country roads to the village of Ebenau and discover the 17th-century Waschl Mill. Continue through Fuschl and enjoy fine views over Fuschl Castle and Lake Fuschl. Explore Wolfgang Lake and the villages of St Gilgen, St Wolfgang and Bad Ischl. See top attractions in Hallstatt including Charnel House and Hallstatt Museum, and explore at your leisure.
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  • 8 hours
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$433.16
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Customized Private Tour to Salzburg for Cruise Guests from Linz or Passau

Customized Private Tour to Salzburg for Cruise Guests from Linz or Passau

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On this full-day, customizable shore excursion, you’ll cover the highlights of Austria’s most scenic and history-rich locations. Choose from bespoke itineraries to postcard-perfect Hallstatt, the picturesque city of Salzburg, or the panoramic Eagle’s Nest, a hilltop lodge. Tours are specially designed for cruise ship passengers, ensuring you’ll be transferred back to the port in time to sail.
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  • 9 hours
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Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Private Full-Day Tour from Salzburg

Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Private Full-Day Tour from Salzburg

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Bask in the scenery of Austria’s Salzkammergut (Lake District) and lakeside Hallstatt on this full-day private minivan tour from Salzburg. Drive by Lake Fuschlsee and take in St. Gilgen, Lake Wolfgangsee, and the spa town of Bad Ischl. Then, stroll, eat, and sightsee in Hallstatt, dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Salzkammergut,' before a photo stop at the Dachstein Glacier at Gosausee. Upgrade from a driver-guide to a chauffeur and separate guide.
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  • 8 hours
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$773.25
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Private Tour: Highlights of the Bavarian Mountains from Salzburg

Private Tour: Highlights of the Bavarian Mountains from Salzburg

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Escape the city and marvel on this private 8-hour Bavarian Mountains tour from Salzburg. Travel along the Kingslake River Valley deep into the Bavarian Mountains with your private guide. Admire breathtaking views over Austria’s mighty Lake District from the top of Obersalzberg. Head off the tourist trail to Hinterbrand and enjoy a walk along the shore of Koenigssee Lake. Explore the pretty mountain town of Berchtesgaden during your free time, then return to Salzburg via a 450 year-old salt mine.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$866.33
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 9 am Sound of Music Tour by minivan

9 am Sound of Music Tour by minivan

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Fans of "The Sound of Music" should not miss this special guided tour. In a small group of no more than eight, you will follow the von Trapp story to several filming locations of the classic film, learning about the real von Trapp family and Austrian culture as you travel.
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  • 4 hours
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$69.06
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Panoramic Salzburg City Tour with Coffee and Cake

Panoramic Salzburg City Tour with Coffee and Cake

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Discover the highlights of historic Salzburg on a 1-hour city tour by bus of the city that includes coffee and cake at a local restaurant after the tour. Join a guide and small group on a specially-designed route that offers the perfect introduction to Salzburg. This 1-hour city tour of Salzburg has departures throughout the day.
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  • 2 hours
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Original Sound of Music and Historical Walking Tour Combo

Original Sound of Music and Historical Walking Tour Combo

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See the best of Salzburg with this combo, combining two top-selling tours at a discounted price. Begin your sightseeing with a 2-hour historical walking tour of the city’s Old Town. Then take the Original Sound of Music Tour in the afternoon and relive your favorite scenes from the classic film, shot around Salzburg. See top attractions including the Mirabell Gardens, the Salzburg Cathedral and more as you explore this vibrant Austrian city with an expert guide.
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  • 6 hours
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$74.95
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$74.95
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Salzburg's Private Introductory Tour With Historian Guide

Salzburg's Private Introductory Tour With Historian Guide

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Take a tour of Salzburg with a private guide, and learn about the alpine town from its Benedictine abbeys to the von Trapps. On a 3-hour walking tour, you’ll explore Salzburg Old Town, admire medieval and Baroque architecture, and stand before Mozart’s Birthplace. See St. Peter’s Abbey, and hear tales about the 'Sound of Music,' which was filmed in the city. 
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$357.21
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Vacation Photographer in Salzburg

Vacation Photographer in Salzburg

Localgrapher is the largest network of professional photographers and videographers with more than 600 destinations around the globe! Book your private photographer and guide in Salzburg to capture your picture-perfect moments while visiting amazing sites! SOLO TRAVELERS Fancy an insta-perfect photoshoot from your Salzburg vacation? Localgrapher has years of experience with fashion and solo travel photography! Make your memories last a lifetime and share them on social media or display them in your home to receive an avalanche of compliments. COUPLES If you are about to propose to your loved one, honeymooning or just exploring what Salzburg has to offer, put the selfie stick aside and let Localgrapher’s superb photographers take care of the photos for you both. FAMILIES & GROUPS A family trip, wedding, bachelorette party or grand get-together? Forget missing someone from pictures, we’ll capture them all!
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  • 30 minutes
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Private Customized Tour of Salzburg

Private Customized Tour of Salzburg

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Explore Salzburg at your own pace and only see the sites that interest you on this private customized tour. You won’t have to wait around for other travelers as it’ll just be your party and the driver. After a pickup at a convenient time, you’ll travel comfortably between dispersed attractions. Potential spots include the Sound of Music filming locations, the Lake District, or even something more adventurous such as hiking or zip-lining.
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  • 4 to 14 hours
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$477.11
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Private tour from Salzburg to Vienna

Private tour from Salzburg to Vienna

Delve into the outstanding natural beauty of the Salzkammergut Lake Disrict and the World Heritage Region Wachau on an 8-hour trip from Salzburg with tour end in Vienna. Explore the town of Duernstein and the Legend of Robin Hood. Since this is a full day private tour your itinerary can and will be changed if you so desire.
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  • 8 hours
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$621.49
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Full-Day Private Trip from Salzburg to Vienna

Full-Day Private Trip from Salzburg to Vienna

This tour makes it easy to discover Vienna’s top sights, all in one day Round-trip transit from your Salzburg hotel via comfortable vehicle Learn all about the city and its major attractions from your guide
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  • 10 hours
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$1,450.14
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Salzburg City and Lake District Private Tour

Salzburg City and Lake District Private Tour

A smart option for first time Salzburg visitors or travelers who prefer a bit more privacy, this full day private tour offers a great overview of the city and the countryside. After pickup from your Salzburg hotel, go on a tour of the city's highlights exclusively for your party. After the tour of the City your journey will take you on country roads to the Lake District. -Visit the World heritage city Salzburg and the Lake District in one day -Get ideas for things to explore later -Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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  • 8 hours
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$433.16
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Salzburg City Tour - Private Tour All Inclusive

Salzburg City Tour - Private Tour All Inclusive

Discover Salzburg on this all-day private guided tour. Ideal for first-time visitors, the tour covers the main attractions and offers an overview of the Austrian city. The itinerary includes the Mirabell Gardens, the famous trick fountains at Hellbrunn Palace, Leopoldskron Palace (which was used as the von Trapp family's home in The Sound of Music), a boat ride on the Salzach river, and more.
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  • 6 hours
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$364.11
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