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How to Spend 3 Days in Salzburg

How to Spend 3 Days in Salzburg

3 days in Salzburg gives you time to enjoy its landmarks and culture, and also cast your net into the nearby Austrian and German Alps. From touring the area’sSound of Music locations and Salzburg’s Mozart museums to delving into salt mines and lakeside villages, here’s how to spend three days in and around Salzburg.

Day 1: Sights and Sounds

Blessed with baroque architecture and a music and movie heritage rooted in Mozart andThe Sound of Music, Salzburg offers many attractions. Take a hop-on hop-off tour to see all its sights in single loop, or disembark at the stops to explore star attractions such as St. Peter’s Abbey (Stift Sankt Peter) and the Getreidegasse shopping street. Or, perhaps drill deeper into Old Town and Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) by joining a shared or private guided walking tour. Next, zoom in on Salzburg’s specialities. Prebook entry to Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozart Geburtshaus) and Mozart’s Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)—both once home to the composer. Or, join an all-singingSound of Music coach tour around the movie’s settings.

Day 2: Explore the Countryside

Austria’s Salzkammergut lake district and Germany’s Bavarian Alps both lie near Salzburg. Private and group day trips to Bavaria’s Alps abound, with most focusing on the Eagle’s Nest—the former mountaintop retreat of Adolf Hitler. Many also encompass the region’s centuries-old salt mines and pristine mountain-framed King’s Lake (Königssee). Alternatively, take a tour to the jewel-like Austrian lakeside village of Hallstatt with its Alpine houses, salt mine, and views. Also within easy reach is the lakefront village of St. Wolfgang. Tours here often include a lake cruise or time in nearby Hallstatt to double down on the Alpine scenery.

Day 3: Culture and Concerts

It’s time for a bigger bite into Salzburg’s culture. Perhaps discover the art of making one a local sweet treat—apple strudel—at a cooking class. Or, if it’s Christmas, combine strudel-making with Christmas cookies. Other festive experiences that beckon in winter include a Christmas horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snowy countryside and a tour of Salzburg’s Christmas markets. Whatever the season, spend your last evening at one of Salzburg’s glittering dinner concerts. Book ahead for dinner in the Baroque Hall of St. Peter where guests are serenaded by singers performing Mozart. Or, take a seat for a Mirabell Palace (Schloss Mirabell) concert or puppet show at Salzburg’s Marionette Theater—both fitting finales.

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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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Hallstatt Tour from Salzburg

Hallstatt Tour from Salzburg

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Discover the magic of the alpine region of Salzkammergut on this half-day coach tour of Hallstatt from Salzburg. At Hallstatt, you have ample free time to take a walk along a lake in a historic village, see the Muhlbach Waterfall, visit the museums and the famous "Bone House," and more. You can also opt to take a ride cable car to the Hallstatt World Heritage Skywalk. A guide fills you in on the region’s history on the ride to Hallstatt, stopping for views the spectacular mountain ranges.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$76.98
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Salzburg: Palace Concert at the Marble Hall of Mirabell Palace

Salzburg: Palace Concert at the Marble Hall of Mirabell Palace

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UNESCO–listed Salzburg is famous for its classical music heritage, and for live performance there are few locations to match the Marble Hall in 17th-century Mirabell Palace. With this ticket, take your seat in the Marble Hall and enjoy a recital in the classic tradition of Mozart. Marvel at the skill of the soloists and ensembles on stage, and admire the beautiful baroque architecture for which Mirabell Palace is known.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$40.90
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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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Christmas Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride from Salzburg

Christmas Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride from Salzburg

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Feel festive this Christmas season with a horse-drawn sleigh ride in a village near Schladming. Departing from Salzburg, this day trip ventures along the Salzach River Valley and travel up 3,281 feet (1,000 meters) to the Alpine mountain of Dachstein. Relax with some lunch at a local inn before hopping on a sleigh ride to soak up the wintry scenery. Your excursion concludes at its original departure point.
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  • 8 hours
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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 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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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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Austrian Lakes and Mountains Half-Day Tour from Salzburg

Austrian Lakes and Mountains Half-Day Tour from Salzburg

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Soak up the scenery of Austria’s Lake District on this tour from Salzburg. Led by an expert guide, see Fuschl Castle, wander the town of St. Wolfgang, and pop into the famous White Horse Inn for refreshments (own expense). Enjoy a boat ride across Lake Wolfgang and explore St. Gilgen before making your way back to Salzburg.
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  • 4 hours
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$63.49
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Salzburg Christmas Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Lesson

Salzburg Christmas Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Lesson

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The holidays are usually filled with good food, and this Christmas cooking lesson in Salzburg combines food and fun to give you a rewarding cooking experience. Test out your skills making traditional Austrian apple strudel and Vanilla Kipferl cookies. Get into the holiday spirit with others as you make these delicious treats. Plus take a lunch break to slurp down some hot goulash soup. If you don't eat all the cookies you've made, you're also welcome to take them home with you at the end of the day.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$58.28
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Small-Group Christmas Market Tour in Salzburg with a Guide

Small-Group Christmas Market Tour in Salzburg with a Guide

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Spend wintertime in Salzburg on this Christmas markets tour in Austria. Make your way through multiple festive markets decked out in holiday cheer, and shop for Christmas gifts (own expense). Along the way, hear stories about Austria’s Christmas traditions, and visit the cathedral where the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ was written, as well as the Christmas Museum of Salzburg.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$46.98
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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
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$685.61
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