Salzburg Old Town Guided Walking Tour
- Salzburg Cathedral: Built in 774, the Baroque style you see today came from the cathedral's renovation in the 17th century. The stunning Immaculate Mary column dominates the cathedral's square.
- St. Peter's Abbey: Crowned by a bell tower containing three stacked onion domes, the oldest monastery in the German-speaking world features a high-Romanesque exterior with Baroque elements.
- Hohensalzburg Fortress: Standing guard on the cliffs overlooking the city, this 900-year-old fortress, one of the biggest and best preserved in Europe, was never conquered.
- Mozart's birthplace: See the house where one of the greatest composers of all time proved himself a prodigy and spent almost half his life, from his birth in 1756 until 1773.
About this Salzburg Tour
It's impossible to separate Salzburg from its most illustrious citizen, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Not simply because he was born here, but because he lived here for 25 of his short 35 years on Earth, honing the genius that would ensure his place among the immortals.
When you see the house where he was born, remember that it was in that house that, at the age of three, Mozart learned to play the piano by watching his father teach his sister. He composed his first piece here, a minuet, at age 5, and his first symphony at age nine.
He was 14 when his first opera opened in Milan. At age 17 he was appointed assistant concert master by the prince-archbishop who ruled Salzburg. And with a salary of his own, he moved to a different house, on the other side of the river.
By the time he died in 1791, in what amounts to half a lifetime, the composer who had toured Europe as one of the "Child Prodigies of Europe" had written more than 600 works, including operas, symphonies, concertos, chamber music, and masses. (It was said he could write as fast as he could think.) His masterpieces would inspire Beethoven, Haydn, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and other titans of classical music. But it was Salzburg that first inspired the master.
The sound of embellishment
Salzburg's long musical heritage includes the Von Trapp family. While many of the scenes in The Sound of Music were filmed in and around Salzburg, including at St. Peter's Abbey, the movie wasn't completely accurate. The Von Trapps didn't have to climb over a mountain to escape the Nazis. They took a train. And some Salzburgers say that Maria Von Trapp wasn't nearly as nice as Julie Andrews.
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Take a rain coat and/or umbrella in case of rain. Don't miss out on tasting the various desserts offered in this Austrian region. Salzburg is famous for its local shops but you can also find a lot of global brands (shopping is possible before/after tour and not during the tour).
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1.24 miles (roughly 2 hours) over paved surfaces, steps and inclines with several photo stops along the route.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Private Tour, Walking Tour
English, German, French, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 6 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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