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How to Spend 1 Day in Salzburg

How to Spend 1 Day in Salzburg

The birthplace of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music, Salzburg also provides ample historical sights—including baroque churches, squares, a fortress, and cobbled Old Town lanes. With so much to see and do, here’s how to cover this Austrian city’s sights and musical spirit in a single day.

Morning: Sights and Strolls

Salzburg Old Town is compact, making walking around easy. Most on-foot tours cover the city’s signature sights, such as Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), St. Peter’s Abbey (Stift Sankt Peter), the exterior of Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozart Geburtshaus), and Mirabell Palace and Gardens (Schloss Mirabell und Mirabellgarten), where you can see the stairway featured in The Sound of Music. Other options include private tours of Old Town combined with Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), perched high above the city. Alternatively, take a hop-on hop-off bus tour for an overview of landmarks and a way to create your own itinerary.

Afternoon: From The Sound of Music to Mozart

Follow-up your citywide sightseeing with a focus on one of Salzburg’s musical claims to fame. Various Sound of Music tours cover the movie’s most famous filming locations including sites outside the city such as Leopoldskron Castle (Schloss Leopoldskron) and basilica St. Michael in Mondsee. If Mozart is an interest, prebook entry to Mozart’s Birthplace—the composer's early family home-turned-museum displays his childhood possessions and musical instruments. Or, choose a 2-ticket combo with admission to Mozart’s Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), his later family home. For a fuller look at Mozart, choose a bus tour that spotlights Mozart-era Salzburg.

Night: Classical Music and Cuisine

Salzburg’s musical heritage comes alive at night, along with the city’s romantic lights. Opt for a Mozart-themed dinner concert in one of the Old Town’s halls; savor gourmet dishes while costumed singers and musicians perform the composer’s works. Alternatively, pair a river cruise with dinner and a Mozart recital at the Salzburg Fortress, views over the city. Another option is a show at the historical Salzburg Marionette Theater—watch Mozart’s The Magic Flute or The Sound of Music story played out by carved wooden puppets, complete with music and song.

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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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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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Salzburg City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Salzburg City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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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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Salzburg City Tour - On the Traces of Mozart

Salzburg City Tour - On the Traces of Mozart

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Gain insight into the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture of Salzburg as Mozart saw it on this 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Led by an expert guide, explore the sights by coach before heading into Mozart’s Residence. Wander the famous composer’s former abode and visit the exhibits at your leisure, as your city tour ends here.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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The Original Sound of Music Tour since 1967!
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The Original Sound of Music Tour since 1967!

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The composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756, and his birthplace is today a museum. Save vacation time by advance-purchasing admission for a day that fits your schedule. Then, explore the rooms where Mozart’s family lived to trace his story and see their possessions. See Mozart’s own violin, piano, and clavichord; view original family letters and portraits, and absorb the historical atmosphere, all at your own pace.
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Salzburg City Highlights Sightseeing Tour
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Salzburg City Highlights Sightseeing Tour

Visit the Mozart Residence in Salzburg, and discover the home where Mozart once lived along with original artifacts from his life. With your prebooked entrance ticket, you’ll explore the apartment-come-museum at your leisure, admiring Mozart’s fortepiano and watching a multimedia show to learn about the composer and his family in Salzburg.
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  • 1 hour
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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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Salzburg City Tour with Mozart's Residence Admission Ticket
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Salzburg City Tour with Mozart's Residence Admission Ticket

Book just once for a 2-attraction Salzburg ticket that saves you money and gives you access to the city’s esteemed Mozart museums. You’ll follow in the footsteps of the classical music composer with visits to the Mozart Residence and Mozart Birthplace, entering whenever suits you best. Just redeem your booking voucher at a location in Mirabelplatz, then browse the attractions at your leisure.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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