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How to Spend 2 Days in Salzburg

How to Spend 2 Days in Salzburg

Two days in Salzburg is enough time to explore the city, unraveling its connections with Mozart andThe Sound of Music, and experiencing the glorious lake and mountain scenery of the surrounding Salzkammergut lake district and Bavarian Alps. Here are our ideas for a perfect two days in this Austrian gem.

Day 1: Sights, Sleighs, and Shows

**Morning:**Board a hop-on hop-off bus to view Salzburg’s landmarks and create your own itinerary. Alternatively, save your feet with a short panoramic bus tour followed by coffee and cake at a city-view restaurant. To go deeper, choose an on-foot tour—visiting must-sees including Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) and Getreidegasse with a guide. 

**Afternoon:**After admiring Salzburg’s sights, dive into its music and movie history. Save time by prebooking admission to its two Mozart museums—Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozart Geburtshaus) and Mozart’s Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)—to explore independently. Or, join one ofThe Sound of Music coach tours for a tour of important filming locations.

**Night:**If you’re in Salzburg in winter, finish with a private horse-drawn sleigh ride, gliding through the snowy Salzkammergut woods in a blanket-lined carriage. Alternatively, discover Salzburg’s proud marionette tradition. Book ahead to watch wooden puppets performThe Sound of Music or Mozart’sThe Magic Flute in the Marionette Theater.

Day 2: Strudel, Summits, and Scenery

**Morning:**Now that you've seen Salzburg’s top sights, delve into the city’s cuisine. Learn to make classic apple strudel at a cooking class before enjoying your creations over lunch. If you wish, push your skills further with a class that includesnockerl soufflé—another local favorite. 

**Afternoon:**Experience Salzburg’s countryside with a trip into the Bavarian Alps or Salzkammergut region. Take a private or shared tour to the Eagle’s Nest—once Adolf Hitler’s mountaintop lair—perhaps combining it with Berchtesgaden’s 500-year-old salt mine or the emerald-green King’s Lake (Königssee).

Night: Mozart Magic

End your Salzburg stay on a high note with a Mozart dinner concert. Take your pick from the many variations available, and book in advance to ensure your place. Venues include the Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) and the frescoed Baroque Hall of St. Peter—where costumed performers sing Mozart’s works around candlelit tables.

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The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

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Relive your favorite scenes from the classic musical "The Sound of Music" on this Salzburg sightseeing tour. Visit filming sites around the city while your guide provides historical background on Salzburg’s top attractions and architectural jewels, including the gazebo where "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" was shot.
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  • 4 hours
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$60.14
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Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Salzburg with River Cruise

Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Salzburg with River Cruise

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Experience the baroque city of Salzburg at its most romantic with an evening of sightseeing, cuisine, and live music. Cruise the Salzach River through Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dine by candlelight at the Salzburg Fortress’ Panorama Restaurant, then see Mozart’s most beloved works performed inside the historic castle. This Salzburg experience includes the option to upgrade for a VIP experience featuring a special menu, Champagne, and a souvenir program.
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  • 4 hours 10 minutes
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$101.04
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Mozart Dinner Concert at the Baroque Hall of St Peter`s Abbey in Salzburg

Mozart Dinner Concert at the Baroque Hall of St Peter`s Abbey in Salzburg

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Enjoy dinner in one of Europe’s oldest restaurant’s— St. Peter Stiftskulinarium. This picturesque setting is convenient to find, in the heart of Salzburg Old Town. The dishes are inspired by historical recipes from the 1700s, so you’ll try things that you wouldn’t usually make at home.  While you’re enjoying a three-course meal, you’ll be entertained by live classical concert performances.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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$82.99
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$82.99
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Austrian Apple Strudel Cooking Class including Lunch

Austrian Apple Strudel Cooking Class including Lunch

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Roll up your sleeves for an Austrian cooking class in Salzburg, and create two of the country’s beloved desserts: apple strudel and the signature soufflé of Salzburger Nockerl. Under the guidance of a chef, you’ll stretch pastry and mix ingredients as you learn about the food and chat with the rest of the group. As a bonus, a hearty bowl of goulash soup is served before you eat your creations. Numbers are limited to just five people for a small-group cooking experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$55.40
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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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$25.26
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Salzburg Marionette Theater: The Sound of Music

Salzburg Marionette Theater: The Sound of Music

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See The Sound of Music in the city in which it takes place, and enjoy an afternoon of theater for the whole family at the Salzburg Marionette Theater. Famous throughout the world, the Salzburg Marionette Theater is now included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Watch professional puppeteers and marvel at the amazing lifelikeness of the marionettes.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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$48.11
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Salzburg Marionette Theater: The Magic Flute

Salzburg Marionette Theater: The Magic Flute

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Enjoy fun for all the family at Salzburg Marionette Theater. You won’t have to worry about wasting time in long visitor lines as entrance tickets are included. If you’re traveling with children, this is the ideal solution to keep them entertained, as The Magic Flute is catered for both kids and adults alike. You’ll see talented puppeteers performing Mozart’s incredible opera, which is full of singing, dancing, and lots of surprises.
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  • 2 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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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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$457.07
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Salzburg Historical Walking Tour

Salzburg Historical Walking Tour

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Explore the historic city of Salzburg on a 2-hour walking tour. Led by an expert guide, learn the stories behind the city's architectural gems and famous residents, such as the Von Trapp family and Mozart. Pass St Peter’s Monastery, Mozart House and the Mirabell Gardens, when scenes from ‘The Sound of Music’ were filmed. You’ll also have the chance to explore the Baroque Old Town, dotted with stunning cathedrals and churches.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride from Salzburg

Private Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride from Salzburg

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Travel through Austria’s crisp winter air on a private horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Salzburg countryside. Pass snow-powdered mountains, lakes, and charming villages while venturing across the Salzkammergut region. Keep cozy with blankets provided by your driver and stop at a traditional bar after your ride to purchase a warm drink.
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  • 3 hours
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$276.65
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Private Eagles Nest and Salt Mines Tour from Salzburg

Private Eagles Nest and Salt Mines Tour from Salzburg

History-buffs will find it hard to resist this customizable private tour from Salzburg.  After private pickup from your hotel, you and your guide set off for Adolf Hitler’s World War II lairs in the Bavarian Alps. Visit Lake Königsee along with an underground 500-year-old salt mine. The tour is worth it for the scenic route alone, but you’ll enjoy much more over your six-hour adventure.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$685.61
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Private Eagle's Nest and King's Lake Tour including all Entrance Fees

Private Eagle's Nest and King's Lake Tour including all Entrance Fees

Explore many sites in one day during this private Eagle’s Nest and King’s Lake Tour. You’ll save hours planning your trip by having a full itinerary organized for you. Take the stress out of driving on unfamiliar mountain roads, by having a driver for the day. You’ll be transported between dispersed attractions to admire the beauty of the area. The day includes a visit to the Eagle’s Nest and a King’s Lake tour.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$625.47
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