Upper Austria Culture & history

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From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

1. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

Embark on a half-day scenic tour through the Salzkammergut to Hallstatt. See the town of Hallstatt on a guided tour and explore at your own pace after. Admire the Mullbach waterfall and the Bone House. Start the trip from Salzburg with a drive through the famous Salzkammergut en route to Hallstatt, known as the Pearl of the Salzkammergut. The route will take you through a number of charming villages, as you listen to an introduction to Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut. If you wish to do the Hallstatt Skywalk, the guide will collect the money for the ticket on the bus.  On arrival in Hallstatt, you might begin your visit with a mountain train ride up to the entrance of the world’s oldest salt mines (though the tour does not visit the mine itself), where you can admire the views down onto Hallstatt.  In Hallstatt you will have 2.5 hours to take in the sights. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the lake and marvel at how the houses above you seem to cling onto the mountainside. Pass by the Mullbach waterfall and visit the local museum. A must-see attraction is the Bone House behind the Catholic church, which will give you an interesting view into local family life (admission not included). You’ll then begin the return journey via Abtenau and Russbach to Gosau, where you’ll see the Gosau Lake and admire the views of the Dachtsein mountains.

Salzburg: Mozart Concert at Mirabell Palace

2. Salzburg: Mozart Concert at Mirabell Palace

Experience an evening dominated by classical music, while enjoying the unique atmosphere of the breathtaking Baroque-style Marble Hall in Mirabell Palace. The Marble Hall was once the banquet hall of the prince archbishops and is today deemed one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world. In fact, Leopold Mozart and his children Wolfgang and Marianne (nicknamed Nannerl) have performed in this very room. Be blown away by the soloists and changing ensembles that will inspire you with their intense and atmospheric works. Experience different interpretations of delicate chamber music.

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

3. Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

Enjoy arrival and departure on the funicular railway to hear the classic piece "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" while you enjoy a romantic dinner and concert in Salzburg. Admire the views from the Mozart fortress. Begin your evening with a romantic 3-course dinner. Experience a truly exceptional atmosphere at the 900-year-old fortress. Dine in the exclusive Panorama restaurant, which is located at the fortress and overlooks the old city of Salzburg. Next, hear Mozart's most beloved work as well as other masterpieces by the famous classical composer, interpreted by internationally-renowned soloists. After the concert, experience Mozart's city at twilight as the evening comes to an end. Classic dinner menuMini bread rolls with 2 different spreadsConsommé of beef with semolina dumplingCorn chicken supréme with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables"Mozart" dessert*Vegetarian options are available upon request VIP dinner menu Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads White wine soup with roasted Marcona almonds Sous vide cooked short rips from local beef on truffled mashed potatoes and grilled tomato de Roma or Salzburger gold trout "müllerin art" with rosemary potatoes Salzburger Nockerl Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries*Vegetarian options are available upon request

Salzburg: Christmas Advent Concert with Dinner

4. Salzburg: Christmas Advent Concert with Dinner

Attend a Christmas concert of music by Mozart, Haydn, Bach, and other legendary composers at the historic Hohensalzburg Fortress, perched high above Salzburg. Ride the funicular for free to listen to masterpieces in a magnificent setting. Feast on a holiday menu with your choice of chicken, fish, or vegetarian dishes. Concert Program: • W. A. Mozart: Salzburg Symphony • J. Haydn: Serenade • J. S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins and Strings • A. Vivaldi: Harp Concerto and Guitar Concerto • Advent music from the Salzburg countryside Classic Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • Consommé of beef with semolina dumpling • Corn chicken supréme with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables • Mozart dessert VIP Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • White wine soup with roasted Marcona almonds • Sous vide cooked short rips from local beef on truffle mashed potatoes and grilled Roma tomato or • Salzburger gold trout müllerin art (Miller style) with rosemary potatoes • Salzburger Nockerl (soufflé with vanilla cream and berries) *Vegetarian options are available upon request

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert

5. Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert

Enjoy a performance of the Classical piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" above the rooftops of the Mozart city of Salzburg. Hear Mozart's most beloved work as well as other masterpieces by the famous Classical composer, interpreted by internationally-renowned soloists. Hear one of over 300 "Best of Mozart" concerts held annually in the most beautiful halls in the province of Salzburg, like the Golden Hall. During Advent and Christmas times, you will also be enchanted by traditional Salzburg Christmas Carols. Experience a truly exceptional atmosphere at the 900-year-old fortress and enjoy a unique view of the city of Salzburg and its vicinity. After the concert, experience the Mozart city at twilight as the evening comes to an end.

Vienna: Day Trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

6. Vienna: Day Trip to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial

Upon arrival, explore the preserved historic premises of the Mauthausen Memorial at your own pace with the help of your audio guide. See the Wiener-Graben quarry, the Stairs of Death, the SS-Quarters, the Camp Prison, the Gas Chamber, and visit the newly re-opened Mauthausen Museum with the Room of Names. Honor the victims by learning about this crucial period in history. Embark on a 2.5-hour journey from Vienna across lower Austria towards the Mauthausen Memorial in a comfortable air-conditioned tour vehicle. Listen to your guide explaining the historical context en route and learn about life at Mauthausen concentration camp before its liberation in May 1945. Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Upper Austria was one of the largest labor camp complexes in the Third Reich. Between 1938 and 1945 about 200,000 people from all over Europe were imprisoned in Mauthausen. About half of them lost their lives. Today, Mauthausen Memorial honors the memory of those who perished here by standing as a reminder to the darkest days in Austria’s history.

Salzburg Cathedral: Organ Concert at Midday

7. Salzburg Cathedral: Organ Concert at Midday

Experience the pure baroque spectacle of an organ concert inside one of Salzburg, Austria's major attractions. Listen to this midday performance and hark back to the days of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Hear the toll of the noon-time bells, and get ready for the sounds of Salzburg Cathedral's seven organs. Look up at the imposing dome which dominates the cityscape. See the marble facade and feel transported back through time. Step into the interior of the cathedral and admire its purity of style. Feel the special light effect in the muted nave. Affirm faith in the light-flooded sanctuary, before concluding this short afternoon concert.

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

8. 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: Hohensalzburg Fortress Admission Ticket

9. Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress Admission Ticket

Your visit to Salzburg Fortress starts with either a beautiful 20-30 minute walk or a quick and comfortable ride on Austria's oldest funicular (depending on tour option selected). Today you will find an ultra modern rail system instead of the original funicular, which was powered by water and transported people up and down the hill as early as 1892. Upon arrival at the top of the hill, experience a unique view over the Archbishop's city and the breathtaking landscape of Salzburg's mountains. Soak up the scenery, take photos, then continue with your visit to the medieval fortification complex, representing 900 years of building history. During your self-guided visit, explore all different parts of the castle and see why it was unconquered for more than 1000 years. Interact with models showing the various types of attack and defense practiced in a medieval fortress. Enjoy another highlight when you visit the Prince's Chambers, which ranks among the best-preserved secular buildings of the Gothic period. While walking through the complex, you'll always identify new views over the city and find many hidden corners of the castle just waiting to be discovered.

From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

10. From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

Visit the hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on a full-day tour from Munich. Travel by train and in the imperial city, visit his place of birth (optional), his residence, the streets he walked, and the cafés he drank in. Salzburg is also one of the most popular set-jetting destinations in the world for one simple reason, “The Sound of Music.” Visit sites you will remember from the silver screen such as the beautiful Mirabelle Gardens where Julie Andrews and the children were filmed singing “Do-Re-Mi.” An expert guide will take you on a train ride from Munich to Austria. You will be provided with a map and get a 1.5-hour orientation tour through the major sites.  Explore one of the finest preserved medieval old towns in Europe, crisscrossed with romantic winding shopping streets and venerable market places adorned with outstanding architectural monuments of the later baroque era. See piazzas and fountains, the stunning Domkirche Cathedral, pleasure gardens, palaces, and churches, monasteries and catacombs, and confectionaries and patisseries. You will also go to the oldest restaurant on the continent. You will then have 3 hours to explore the city for yourself, before meeting up for the return journey. During your free time, you can visit the breathtaking 900-year-old fortress Festung Hohensalzburg, the magnificent edifice that dominates the city's skyline, itself framed by the spectacular encirclement of mountains stretching into the horizon. 

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We spent the entire day here. Had a great, lengthy and very enjoyable self guided tour of an amazing Medieval fortress , followed by a fantastic meal at the fortress, followed by a concert of Mozart music performed by a really talented string ensemble. Whadda day!! Don’t miss it.

Very convenient! Good guide, Max, and driver. Got lots of good info on the drive there, but not an overwhelming amount. Good amount of time, which I was worried about! Got to do the Skywalk and still had time to walk around. Worth a half day!

Had a wonderful day at Salzburg. Elisabeth was a great guide. She shared the most fascinating facts and stories about Austria and Munich and she made sure everyone on the tour was accounted for.

Excellent very beautiful!! Our tour guide Maxine was very informative both historic facts and tourist tips enjoyed the day would definitely recommend!!!

The short trip to Salzburg was excellent and Elisabeth was a great guide! Would recommend.