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This was a perfect day in Salzburg! My husband and I didn't want to be herded around like cattle on the big 'Sound of Music' bus although that sounds fun if you have kids and want group sing-alongs. We were interested in some of the SOM attractions, but we are not hard-core fans of the movie. It was nice to be able to pace the day to our liking. Thomas was a wonderful tour guide. He picked us up at our hotel in a nice Mercedes in the morning and took us over to Schloss Leopoldskron for breakfast. The views and pictures there were fabulous. There were some gorgeous scenic views on our drive and Thomas was nice enough to pull over and let me take some pictures. That would never have happened on a big group tour. My favorite part was being able to get gorgeous pictures without tons of tourists in the background. TIP: If you are prone to getting car sick, you might want to take something for that problem before the trip. Thomas was a great driver, but the roads are winding.
The tour was excellent. Right on time and very informative. Hallstatt is amazing, worth going. I would have stayed overnight if I had the time. I recommend the tour, the bus was very clean and comfortable, the guide was very good. I wish it would have been a longer tour.
Doing what: Hallstatt Tour from Salzburg
The Salzburg Card is definately the way to go. I bought the 3 day pass and even though we did not take advantage of everything to see, we still got more than our moneys worth. All bus fair is free, so we were able to take the bus out to Untersberg, where the gondola trip up the mountain was 'free'. The Palace and funicular was free- card has now paid for itself. Everything past this point really was 'free'. I would NOT recommend the modern art museum- I was so thankful that it was included on the card so that I didn't have to pay for it. However, a trip up the elevator to the outdoor grounds at the musuem is worth it for a nice view and a little outdoor activity. If you are up for a beerhaus, the Augostino brauhaus is fun and full of locals. It was a past Monestary so when you walk in you are greeted with religious statues until you get to the basement brewery.
Doing what: Salzburg Card
The salt mines trip was excellent but the lakes trip in the 2nd half of the day in December was just good not great I would say
Walter is an amazing tour guide. We were fortunate to have him as our guide for the first part of the day at the Salzbergwerks part of the tour. He was dynamic and gave so much information about the places we passed. He covered a range of topics so that everyone in our family - 2 parents and three adult children - was engaged. He is also friendly and funny.
We did not realize the tour was in two parts - heading back to Salzburg in between the morning and afternoon pieces. Since it was December, it was dark at 4:30, so part of the trip was a bus ride in the dark. Our guide for the afternoon spoke in German at least 50 of the time, even though we had booked an English speaking tour. That would have been okay, except the information was more rote and very minimal. My family fell asleep on the bus. I don't actually recommend the Austrian lakes part of the tour, but the Salzbergwerks part was so enjoyable, I still give the tour overall 4 stars.
This was certainly good value for money. We went to the Salt Mines in the morning before returning to Salzburg for an hours break before boarding the coach for the Sound of Music Tour.
Unfortunately it was a really wet and dull day with fog hanging over the mountains for the duration of our tour so we didn't get to see the mountains or the view from them! The Salt Mines were amazing. Our tour guide took us in to get the overalls before the doors were opened to the general public which was a bonus. The slides descending into the lower levels are a must. You have the option to purchase a theme park style photo of your descent which isn't overly priced at 5 Euro.
Our afternoon Sound of Music Tour was great, visiting all of the major locations used in the film. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided lots of facts about the true story of the Von Trapp family as well as the story told in the film. We weren't too keen reading other reviews that there would be sing-a-longs but in actual fact it was great and even the not so keen joined in!
Both the Sound of Music and Salt Mine tours were awesome! Loved both learned lots of new things about the Sound of Music and certainly learned lots in Salt mine! Long day but good!
Great tours, took us to two Christmas markets too. Tour guide for Sound of music Peter was great.
breathtaking sceneries - beautiful areas
We didn't know what to expect and my whole family loved it. Our tour guide Walter was wonderful and the salt mines were amazing!!
We did the salt mines tour and absolutely loved it. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable in all facets. They were extremely adept at handling tour members who were always late for departure and very good. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone including families with children.
We enjoyed the Sound of Music tour and found it was interesting to learn about the Van Trapp family. The Salt Mines tour was fabulous. Do not miss this one!
Was exactly what we needed to see in Salzburg. The English-translation site to get the Salzburg Card from the Salzburg website has a bug so I couldn't buy it from there. Viator made it quick and easy to purchase online.
Getting it at the site was not intuitive. They wouldn't accept an electronic form of the ticket. They'd only accept paper so we had to go and hunt for a print shop after we got there.
Doing what: Salzburg Card
It was good. The most enjoyable part was going to the small town on the way back from the mines. There were Xmas markets, little cafes etc and it was a nice experience. There is a graveyard there which looks magical in the snow.
The salt mines tour was a unique experience. Going deep into a mountain was something which you don't get to do very often. The actual tour didn't do much for me though. I was a bit bored to be completely honest.
If I had my time again, I would have definitely done the Bavarian Lake passage rather than go to the mines.
Sound of Music tour was fun, but skip Salt Mines. Not worth it. Would and #39;ve rather spent my time exploring Salzburg than driving to Germany for a glorified light show. Might be funner for kids (train, slide, lights).
Great tour guide. We didn't see the panoramic view because was zero visibility and it was snowing. It still was a lovely trip.
Great tour, I would highly recommend it
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This tour was amazing and a must to see. Eagles Nest was so incredible to experience. It was a bit foggy at the bottom, but by the time we got uo to the top we were above the clouds looking down at them. The Bavarian Alps were spectacular to see. It reminded me of the Switzerland Alps. The Salt mines was by far better than I expected. We got to slide down a shoot and take a boast ride down in the mines. It was a blast.
I loved this tour. Peter was our guide for the sound of music and he was so funny. He was very informative and engaging and we really enjoyed his tour. I cant remember our guide for the salt mines but he was equally good. Very knowledgeable and interesting. Would highly recommend both tours
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