Mirabell Palace

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Salzburg: Mozart Concert at Mirabell Palace

1. Salzburg: Mozart Concert at Mirabell Palace

Experience an evening dominated by classical music, while enjoying the unique atmosphere of the breathtaking Baroque-style Marble Hall in Mirabell Palace. The Marble Hall was once the banquet hall of the prince archbishops and is today deemed one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world. In fact, Leopold Mozart and his children Wolfgang and Marianne (nicknamed Nannerl) have performed in this very room. Be blown away by the soloists and changing ensembles that will inspire you with their intense and atmospheric works. Experience different interpretations of delicate chamber music.

Salzburg: Original Sound of Music Tour

2. Salzburg: Original Sound of Music Tour

On this half-day tour you'll relive scenes from one of the most popular movies of all time. Visit the locations used during the filming of The Sound of Music in Salzburg and its surrounding countryside. During the tour, you’ll also hear songs from the original soundtrack. Let your guide show you the architectural and historical landmarks of the city and the picturesque Lake District. See Leopoldskron Palace, a place whose exterior was used as the Trapp family home and where the children were seen boating on the lake and jumping into the water. Maria was a novice at Nonnberg Abbey, the oldest convent in German-speaking Europe, and your next stop. The St. Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang scenes shown at the beginning of the movie were actually filmed at Lake Fuschl, on the way to St. Gilgen, which you'll also see today. The wedding scene was filmed at Mondsee Cathedral, a buttery yellow-and-white edifice where you'll stop on the tour. Maria, led by Liesl, walked down the aisle to meet the baron in front of the stairs of the main altar. After dropping you off in Salzburg at the end of the tour you can visit Mirabell Gardens, located just opposite the tour terminal. Maria and the children were seen dancing through the Gardens singing Do-Re-Mi..

From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

3. From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

Visit the hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on a full-day tour from Munich. Travel by train and in the imperial city, visit his place of birth (optional), his residence, the streets he walked, and the cafés he drank in. Salzburg is also one of the most popular set-jetting destinations in the world for one simple reason, “The Sound of Music.” Visit sites you will remember from the silver screen such as the beautiful Mirabelle Gardens where Julie Andrews and the children were filmed singing “Do-Re-Mi.” An expert guide will take you on a train ride from Munich to Austria. You will be provided with a map and get a 1.5-hour orientation tour through the major sites.  Explore one of the finest preserved medieval old towns in Europe, crisscrossed with romantic winding shopping streets and venerable market places adorned with outstanding architectural monuments of the later baroque era. See piazzas and fountains, the stunning Domkirche Cathedral, pleasure gardens, palaces, and churches, monasteries and catacombs, and confectionaries and patisseries. You will also go to the oldest restaurant on the continent. You will then have 3 hours to explore the city for yourself, before meeting up for the return journey. During your free time, you can visit the breathtaking 900-year-old fortress Festung Hohensalzburg, the magnificent edifice that dominates the city's skyline, itself framed by the spectacular encirclement of mountains stretching into the horizon. 

Salzburg: City Highlights Tour

4. Salzburg: City Highlights Tour

Take a magical city tour through Salzburg. Starting from Mirabell Palace, you'll be guided through the historical downtown on the left side of the Salzach river, passing one of the most famous music academies in the world - the Mozarteum and Mozart's Residence. Here you'll learn even more about the life and work of the Austrian prodigy. After crossing the city bridge, you will find yourself in the heart of the historical Baroque downtown where you can catch a view of the Salzburg Cathedral and admire the festival district. Next stop, Schloss Leopoldskron, which you may recognize from the classical film, "The Sound of Music". Lastly, you will drive by Nonnberg Abbey back to Mirabell Square where the tour will end.

Salzburg: The Original Sound of Music Tour

5. Salzburg: The Original Sound of Music Tour

Discover the hills that have been alive to the Sound of Music since 1967. This 4-hour tour of the famous movie’s locations whisks you around the historical city of Salzburg, then departs for the breathtaking mountainous landscape of Salzkammergut. Traveling with, Albus, the company involved with the original filming, you will be guided around The Mirabell Gardens – where the famous “Do-Re-Mi” singing scene took place – and the 17th-Century Hellbrunn Palace, where Rolf and Liesl sang "16 going on 17," and Maria and the Baron sang “Something Good.” Heading for the mountainous landscape of Salzkammergut, you will stop off at the idyllic Palace of Leopoldskron, the Benedictine monastery of Nonnberg Abbey, Lake Wolfgang, and the cloister church in Mondsee, where Maria walked down the aisle to meet the Baron at the altar. As well as providing a glimpse into a timeless movie, the tour also takes in many other local pieces of history and culture along the way.

Salzburg 2.5-Hour Walking Tour: Mozart, Old Town & More

6. Salzburg 2.5-Hour Walking Tour: Mozart, Old Town & More

Explore the heart of the city of Salzburg. Starting at Palace Mirabell, you will explore the sights here. The palace was built under the reign of the famous baroque Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Reitenau for his mistress Salome Alt and their 15 children. At the Makartplatz, next to the Palace Mirabell, you will see the Mozart Residence. You will explore the New Town and this side of the river before crossing the bridge “Makartsteg” to arrive at the Old Town of Salzburg. While here we will get to Salzburg’s most famous street, the Getreidegasse, which is especially renowned for its wrought-iron trade signs and Mozart’s Birthplace. Stroll through Salzburg’s Old Town to admire its historic buildings, such as the medieval apartments and churches that were built from the Middle Ages to the baroque time, and conclude the tour with a panoramic view from Mönchsberg Hill with a free guide (optional).

Salzburg: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

7. Salzburg: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

See the sights of Salzburg on a full-day tour from Vienna, with optional drop off for those who want to stay the night. Traveling in small groups of no more than 8 people, the intimate tour will take you through the breathtaking scenery of the Vienna Woods, with the peaks of the Alps in the distance, and on to the stunning Austrian lake district. Stop by picture-postcard Lake Attersee and visit the charming alpine village of St. Gilgen at lake Wolfgangsee, a famous location in the hit movie "The Sound of Music." Upon arrival in Salzburg, discover Salzburg's UNESCO-listed Old Town with your guide on a leisurely walking tour. Hear intriguing stories about the city's famous inhabitants as you pass Mozart's birthplace, the colorful gardens of Mirabell Palace, the cemetery of the Abbey of St. Peter, Salzburg Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace. Spend the afternoon in Salzburg with plenty of free time to purchase lunch and wander Mozart town on your own before making the journey back to Vienna with your driver.

Salzburg City Tour with Tickets to Mozart's House

8. Salzburg City Tour with Tickets to Mozart's House

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Salzburg! For many centuries, the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg ruled both the sacred and secular life of the city. To this day, a rich inheritance of imposing buildings testifies to their might. Allow yourself to be enchanted by these architectural gems! The most renowned artists and architects of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods graced the city with their masterpieces. Take time to enjoy this enthralling city, with its magnificent buildings from all eras, and discover the world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Visit Mozart's birth house after the bus tour.

Salzburg: City Tour and Mozart's Residence

9. Salzburg: City Tour and Mozart's Residence

The tour starts at Mirabell Palace, which was built by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich in 1606 and now houses the city's government. The next stop on the tour is Mozarteum (university for music, drama, and fine arts) and the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. You will then see the State Theatre and Mozart’s Residence at Makartplatz. Here you will also see the Church of the Holy Trinity, a Baroque masterpiece built by the architect Fischer von Erlach. After crossing the Salzach River, the tour takes you past the courthouse to Hellbrunn Palace, where you will make a short stop. The palace was built by the court architect Santino Solari in the early 17th century and served as a popular weekend destination for prince archbishops. On the way back to the city center you can admire Frohnburg Palace and Nonnberg Abbey, the oldest existing convent in the German-speaking world. The tour then takes you back to the old town through Siegmundstor. Here you will see the Festival Halls, the Horse Pond, and St. Blasius Church before ending the tour at Mozartplatz.

Salzburg: Dinner and Classical Concert at Mirabell Palace

10. Salzburg: Dinner and Classical Concert at Mirabell Palace

Enjoy fine dining in the heart of Salzburg with dinner at Restaurant Mirabell. Then, make your way to the Mirabell Palace for a classical music concert. Start your evening at the Grand Sheraton Hotel’s Restaurant Mirabell. Savor a delicious 3-course meal of Austrian cuisine in an elegant restaurant surrounded by the Mirabell Gardens. Whet your appetite with a fresh starter of tossed garden greens with Aberseer goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette. For your main course, choose between grilled chicken breast with zucchinis and crème of sweet potatoes, or roast filet of pikeperch on creamy leeks with Veltliner, fried potatoes, and braised cherry tomatoes. Conclude your culinary adventure with a semolina mouse with essence of forest berries. After dinner, take a short stroll to the nearby Mirabell Palace to take in a performance of classical music. Experience the skill and dedication of soloists and ensembles channeling the spirit of Mozart. The concert will be held in the Palace’s Baroque Marble Hall, considered to be one of the most beautiful and historically significant concert halls in Austria. In its glory days, the Mozart family performed here for Salzburg’s royalty. After the concert, feel free to head back to the hotel bar to round out your evening with a nightcap.  

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What people are saying about Mirabell Palace

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It was a great tour and very informative. We had trouble finding the meeting place as the directions given were wrong. There is a private stand right outside of the parking garage and not the grey line office as told. Please update. Other than that fabulous tour and tour guides

Our group guide was great; she was knowledgeable, personable, and very friendly. Since this is my first time traveling in Europe, this trip is highly recommended and you get the same tour guide from the Canary Islands.

Had a wonderful day at Salzburg. Elisabeth was a great guide. She shared the most fascinating facts and stories about Austria and Munich and she made sure everyone on the tour was accounted for.

Excellent very beautiful!! Our tour guide Maxine was very informative both historic facts and tourist tips enjoyed the day would definitely recommend!!!

The short trip to Salzburg was excellent and Elisabeth was a great guide! Would recommend.