3 Days in Salzburg: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2015

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It’s no surprise that Salzburg has been such a draw for tourists over the last several hundred years. Sitting on the Salzach River and a stone’s throw away from the Bavarian Alps, the local geography is breathtaking. But it’s not just the landscape that drives people there – the city is rich in exciting history. Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and where he performed his earliest concerts as a child prodigy, it boasts a wide array of beautiful Cathedrals which dominate the skyline of the old city and – of course – it was the setting for Julie Andrews’ Oscar-winning musical phenomenon, The Sound of Music.

Day 1: Mozart and Local History

If the hills around Salzburg are alive with the sound of music, then the city is alive with the memory of Mozart’s birth and residency here in his adolescence. Make sure to visit Mozart’s birthplace, where he lived for seventeen years. It’s now been converted into a museum to preserve the conditions in which Mozart lived in. You get to glimpse some of the instruments that the young musician plied his trade on. Afterward, try Mozart chocolate balls, a delicious local snack. Then head over to the old town, which is full of beautiful churches, such as the Franziskanerkirche and the Kollegienkirche, each with their own exciting story.

Day 2: The Sound of Music

For many people, the greater musical draw to Salzburg is The Sound of Music. Tours take place frequently and often burst into song, so make sure you’ve warmed up your vocal chords! You’ll be taken to the Von Trapp house and shown the boating lake, the Cathedral where Julie Andrews tied the knot with Mr. Von Trapp and many other noticeable locations. If you still find yourself wanting more, visit the puppet show in the evening, which re-enacts the film with all of the original songs.

Day 3: The Alps and the Salt Mines

Salzburg is very close to the beautiful Lake District of the Alps, which is renowned for its picturesque and quaint towns and breathtaking landscape. Two major selling points of this part of the Alps are the Eagle’s Nest and the Salt Mines. The Eagle’s Nest was Hitler’s hideout and it boasts remarkable views across the Alps, from 5,000 ft (1,524 m). The Salt Mines were Salzburg’s main form of income and make for a great trip. Getting around them is great fun, with large slides and water rides through the glistening mines of white, brown, yellow and pink salt.

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The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

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Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

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2- or 3-Night Schloss Leopoldskron Stay in Salzburg Including 'The Sound of Music' Tour

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Viator Exclusive: 'The Sound of Music' Private Tour with Breakfast at Schloss Leopoldskron

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Bavarian Mountains and Salt-Mines Tour from Salzburg

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Salzburg Super Saver: Original Sound of Music and Historical Walking Tour

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The Sound of Salzburg Show with Optional Dinner

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Schloss Mirabell Classical Music Concert in Salzburg

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Panoramic Salzburg City Tour with Coffee and Cake

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