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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: Altstadt, 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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$25.43
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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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$76.30
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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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$20.46
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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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$258.84
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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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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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$266.44
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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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Panoramic Salzburg City Tour plus Austrian Lakes and Mountains Sightseeing Tour

Panoramic Salzburg City Tour plus Austrian Lakes and Mountains Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Salzburg and Austria’s scenic Lake District on a 5-hour tour. Departing from Salzburg, follow an expert guide through the city's UNESCO-listed Old Town and pay homage to the place where Mozart was born. Afterward, admire the famous Gothic altar in the village church of St Wolfgang, and take a boat ride across the lake to St Gilgen. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to Salzburg.
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  • 5 hours
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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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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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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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$440.98
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Private Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour from Salzburg

Private Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour from Salzburg

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Experience the glories of the Austrian Lake District (Salzkammergut) including the UNESCO-listed Hallstatt region, on a 6-hour private tour from Salzburg. Venture past emerald Lake Fuschl and St. Gilgen, and call at the spa town of Bad Ischl. Then, enjoy free time to stroll, shop, and have lunch (own expense) in lakeside Hallstatt before admiring the Dachstein glacier from Lake Gosau. Price is per vehicle, and includes private transport and Salzburg hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 6 hours
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$581.32
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Private Eagle's Nest and King's Lake Tour from Salzburg

Private Eagle's Nest and King's Lake Tour from Salzburg

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With a dedicated guide, visit Hitler's mountain retreat, the Eagle's Nest, and enjoy views over the Alps. Stop by the glacial lake of Königsee, and walk over to the Malerwinkel viewpoint. Take a break in Berchtesgaden, a typical Bavarian town, where you can purchase lunch. This private tour ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary. Round-trip transportation from your Salzburg hotel included.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Bavarian Alps & Eagle’s Nest Day Trip from Salzburg Incl. Entrance Fees

Private Bavarian Alps & Eagle’s Nest Day Trip from Salzburg Incl. Entrance Fees

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Explore Adolf Hitler’s World War II lairs in the Bavarian Alps on this full-day private tour from Salzburg. Admire the mountain-and-lake scenery and visit the Nazi leader’s mountaintop Eagle’s Nest retreat. Experience the building and its bird’s-eye views, and explore bunkers, the site of Hitler’s home, and Berchtesgaden town before opting to visit a salt mine or cruise on Lake Königssee. Price is per vehicle, and includes private transport and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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$835.64
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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
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$881.95
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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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$319.55
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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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$485.71
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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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$1,320.07
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Private Full-Day Tour from Salzburg: The Hills are Alive and Eagle's Nest

Private Full-Day Tour from Salzburg: The Hills are Alive and Eagle's Nest

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See ‘Sound of Music’ filming locations, Obersalzberg, and the Austrian Lakes on a private day trip from Salzburg. The action-packed day includes visits to Schloss Leopoldskron, Hellbrunn Castle, Lake Wolfgangsee, and Mondsee — all sites immortalized in the ‘Sound of Music’ film. Travel to Obersalzberg, too, and learn about the mountain retreat during the days of Hitler’s Third Reich. Access to the Eagle’s Nest—or Rossfeld summit during snowy winter months—isn’t included, but there’s ample time for you to visit it, if you wish.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$485.71
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Private Half-Day Eagle's Nest Tour from Salzburg

Private Half-Day Eagle's Nest Tour from Salzburg

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See both the Eagle’s Nest and the underground bunkers of Berchtesgaden in just half a day. The trip from Salzburg is ideal if you don’t have much time but do want to see the historic sites. Check out the opening scene location from the Sound of Music as you travel high through the hills, then gaze out at the alps from the Eagle’s Nest, Adolf Hitler’s mountain retreat. On your way back to Salzburg, you’ll call in at the underground bunkers and Berghof grounds, too.
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  • 4 hours
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$484.43
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$440.98
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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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$70.30
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Salzburg City Tour Including Salzach River Sightseeing Cruise

Salzburg City Tour Including Salzach River Sightseeing Cruise

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Get a comprehensive tour of Salzburg in just 2 hours. Embark on a 1-hour coach tour of Salzburg's Old Town, Mirabell Square, and Schloss Leopoldskron, followed by a 40-minute cruise on the Salzach River. Choose from a variety of departure times to fit your schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.18
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Riding Dinner SBG - horse-carriage ride incl. Austrian delicacies (SparkSight.)

Riding Dinner SBG - horse-carriage ride incl. Austrian delicacies (SparkSight.)

This awaits you - For the first time ever enjoy, typical specialities and delicacies of the famous Austrian cuisine during your horse-carriage ride while you will also enchanted by Salzburg's city center/ old town and its fascinating sights.
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  • 40 minutes
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$428.20
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