Things to do in St Gilgen

Our most recommended things to do in St Gilgen

Salzburg: Original Sound of Music Tour

1. 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 Salzburg: Guided Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour

2. From Salzburg: Guided Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour

Embark on a half-day trip to Hallstatt from Salzburg. Take a scenic drive past Lake Fuschl with insightful commentary from your guide on board. Enjoy free time in Hallstatt to explore at your own pace. Depart from Salzburg and traverse Austria's lake district in an air-conditioned bus. Pass Lake Fuschl and stop for photos of St. Gilgen, Lake Wolfgang, and the surrounding mountains of the Salzkammergut. Afterward, continue your trip along Lake Wolfgang and soak up the views of this UNESCO World Heritage landscape. Enjoy insightful commentary about the region from your onboard guide. Pass through a number of charming villages on your drive to Hallstatt. Once you arrive in Hallstatt, have 2.5 hours of free time to explore this fairytale city and its surroundings. You can visit the ossuary or “bone-house”, and see the 1000 painted human skulls inside. Opt for a funicular ride to the entrance of the world’s oldest salt mine and enjoy the breathtaking views from an observation platform. Walk along the lake and marvel at how the houses above you seem to cling to the mountainside. After your free time, board the bus for your return journey. This time, pass through the Rußbach valley and the towns of Gosau and Abtenau which are famous for their stunning views of the Dachstein mountain range.

Salzburg: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

3. 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 and Alpine Lakes Full-Day Trip from Vienna

4. Salzburg and Alpine Lakes Full-Day Trip from Vienna

This tour from Vienna to Salzburg and the surrounding lake district is a wonderful opportunity to dive into the world of classical music and see some of the jewels of the world’s natural heritage.  Salzburg is a beautiful city on the banks of the River Salzach, and is also the world capital of classical music, being the home town of both Mozart and Karajan. Walk through the Mirabell Gardens and see the very house where Mozart was born, as well as the cathedral and St. Peter’s Abbey, one of the oldest abbeys in Europe. During your free time you may choose to take the funicular up to the fortress of Hohensalzburg to see marvelous panoramic views over the city. Anyone who has ever watched the "Sound of Music" will be thrilled at seeing some of the film locations.  After embracing the cultural side of Salzburg, you will explore the natural beauty of the Salzkammergut lake region. What could be more magnificent than the reflection of the mighty Alpine mountains in the crystal clear water of the picturesque lakes? Prepare yourself for some unforgettable alpine landscapes, pure clear air and the sparkling blue water of the Mondsee lake.  These are not the only treasures that are waiting for you in the Salzkammergut. The last highlight of the tour will be small villages on the shores of the Attersee. The still waters of the mysterious lakes hide many legends and stories, which all contribute to the very special character of this tour.

Private Hallstatt Full-Day Tour

5. Private Hallstatt Full-Day Tour

With a professional local guide and a luxury private vehicle, you will be sure to save time and get the maximum out of a full-day private sightseeing tour to Hallstatt. Starting at 10 AM. Make yourself comfortable in your luxury touring vehicle and enjoy the lovely countryside of Salzburg on the way to the first stop, the charming village of Ebenau. After a short ride, you will arrive at Schloss Fuschl which is an old Prinz archbishop hunting lodge located at the picturesque Fuschlsee (Lake Fuschl). Take a few shots of the Castle and the emerald green lake as its backdrop. Your journey will take you to St Gilgen and the Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang). The village of St Gilgen was used in the world-famous movie The Sound of Music and was the birthplace of Mozart's mother. Your journey will take you along the Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl, where the Kaiser (Emperor) Villa is located. Once you arrive at Hallstatt, your professional local guide will point out all of the must-sees in Hallstatt, including a gorgeous photo place, Charnel House (Bone House), Hallstatt Museum, Hallstatt Waterfall "Waldbachstrub," the Sky View Platform, Hallstatt's local residence area, and more. Following an 8-hour exploration of Hallstatt and the lake district, your drive will return you to Salzburg via Gosau, Abtenau, and Golling, where your private tour will end with a drop-off at your Salzburg city hotel or anywhere else in the city of Salzburg.

From Salzburg: Private Tour of Hallstatt

6. From Salzburg: Private Tour of Hallstatt

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Salzburg (or any other location in the city on request), and meet your private driver/guide for an excursion to Hallstatt. Journey along the shores of the emerald-green Fuschlsee to the Schloss Fuschl (Fuschl Castle), and then continue to St. Gilgen to take a stunning photo of the beautiful scenery from a great view point. Depart St. Gilgen and drive along the shores of Wolfgangsee lake en route to Bad Ischl, famous for its spa and the imperial summer palace. Next, make your way through picturesque Bad Goisern to reach one of the highlights of the tour at the stunning town of Hallstatt, considered the pearl of Austria's Lake District. Upon arrival in Hallstatt, your guide will point out all the hidden gems and must-see sights. You will have 2.5 hours to explore the town, allowing plenty of time for lunch in one of the lakeside restaurants (own expense). Leave Hallstatt and make your way back to Salzburg via the Gosausee lake, where a backdrop of the glistening Dachstein glacier awaits you for a short stop. Travel through the Dachstein mountain range, passing the ski resort area from Russbach to Golling before drop off at your hotel or any location of your choice in Salzburg. 

From Salzburg: Salzkammergut Christmas Markets Visit

7. From Salzburg: Salzkammergut Christmas Markets Visit

Depart from Salzburg and head towards the scenic Wolfgang Lake. Arrive at the first stop of the day, the charming village of Strobl, and be enchanted by the array of impressive nativity scenes. From here, travel to St. Gilgen, home to one of the region’s most beautiful Christmas markets. Spend some time wandering around the stalls, mingling with the locals, and shopping for gifts and handmade crafts. The final stop of the tour is the idyllic Christmas market in the village of St. Wolfgang. Admire the glowing Christmas trees and the market’s picturesque wooden stalls adorned with glistening lights, candles, and decorations. As you explore, warm up with a cup of traditional mulled wine or punch. At the end of an unforgettable experience, hop back on the bus for the return journey to Salzburg.

Eagle's Nest and Sound of Music Private Tour

8. Eagle's Nest and Sound of Music Private Tour

This tour combines the original locations from the musical "The Sound of Music" with the historical "Eagle's Nest". Your tour starts with a tour of the city including the Palaces Leopoldskron (von Trapp Family House) and Hellbrunn (Sound of Music Pavilion). Hellbrunn Palace is on the way to the Eagle's Nest which will be next. Passing the border to Germany the journey continues to the Sound of Music Meadow (The Hills are alive). Now is your chance to spin in the field, reenacting the opening scene. Head to the "Obersalzberg" which is located at 3000 ft. elevation right below the Eagle's Nest. Access the Eagle's Nest with special busses and an elevator. Admire the scenic view of the Bavarian Mountains, the King's Lake, and the surrounding area of Salzburg. Returning from the Eagle's Nest, continue to the second highlight of our tour, the Salzburg Lake District. Travel through the Wies Valley and further on to Fuschl and St. Gilgen. Take a stunning photo of the castle of Fuschl with emerald Lake Fuschl in the background. The next highlight is Lake Wolfgang and the village St. Gilgen, the scenery of the area was shown at the beginning of "The Sound of Music." Enjoy a view from the "Mozart View Point" to Lake Wolfgang and the "Schafberg" Mountain. Relax and enjoy the countryside on the drive from St. Gilgen to the lake "Mondsee" and further on to the town of Mondsee with the "Sound of Music Wedding Church", from where you make your way back to Salzburg. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your Salzburg hotel or any other location within the city.

Private Tour of Hallstatt from Salzburg

9. Private Tour of Hallstatt from Salzburg

This is a great excursion for anyone who loves incredible scenery and history. After meeting your guide in your hotel (or any other location in the city) escape Salzburg for a private excursion to Hallstatt. Journey along the emerald-green Fuschlsee to the first stop at Castle Fuschl. Travel on to St. Gilgen and take a stunning photo of the beautiful scenery from a great view point. Leaving St. Gilgen and driving along the Wolfgangsee our trip will bring you to Bad Ischl, famous for its spa and the Emperor’s summer palace. Driving through Bad Goisern you will reach one of the highlights of our tour, Hallstatt: the pearl of the Lake District. In Hallstatt you can choose between taking the panorama funicular railway up the mountain and experience the magnificent World Heritage view 360 meters above town, on the Hallstatt sky walk and continuing on to the oldest salt mine in the world. Alternatively you can visit the 5 Fingers viewing platform – this is probably the most spectacular viewing platform in the Alps and reaches out like a hand over the 400m drop. But it is not just the viewing platform it is also the route there that offers plenty of special features. After your adventure in the mountains or the salt mine you will have enough time to discover all the hidden gems as well as the must-sees of Hallstatt, as well as to have lunch in one of the beautiful lake side restaurants (at own expense). On your way home from Hallstatt, the Gosausee with its backdrop of the glistening Dachstein glacier awaits for a short stop. Then, journey on along the Dachstein mountain range through the ski resort of Russbach to Golling and finally your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other destination in the city of Salzburg.

From Vienna: Hallstatt Full-Day Guided Tour

10. From Vienna: Hallstatt Full-Day Guided Tour

Hop on the van and start an incredibly journey through some of Austria's most picturesque places. Cross Lower and Upper Austria until you reach the wonderful Lake Region. Before getting to Hallstatt, make several stops in the Salzkammergut (Lake Region), well known for the celebrated film "The Sound of Music". Discover different places of the area and experience the uniqueness of St. Gilgen, the tiny village that counts among its attractions with the birth house of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s mother. Once in Hallstatt, feel like you are in a movie set: a blue water lake, Alpine mountains, narrow streets, old historical buildings, charming homes and cafés. Meet your local expert tour guide upon arrival and enjoy an informative guided walking tour covering the most remarkable landmarks of the town. Discover hidden secrets of Hallstatt on your own in your free time after the sightseeing tour. At the end of your visit to the Alpine village, simply relax, sit back and enjoy the worry-free transfer in the minivan back to Vienna. The trip concludes with a drop off at your hotel or private apartment.

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What people are saying about St Gilgen

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Dream come true, Sound of music sights, the majestic alps, pristine lakes, beautiful gardens, charming guide, and best of all a sing along!!! Loved, loved, loved it!

This Sound of Music your was so fun! The guides were amazing and made the 4 hrs packed with fun and information. Would definitely recommend this tour for anyone!

David and Ferdinand were informative, outstanding and funny! We really enjoyed the tour! Thinking of bringing my parents next time. Keep it up! Job well done!

The tour was informative & beautiful, the guide wonderful and we loved hearing about the actual and film sites. Highly recommend!

So much fun for those of us who really love the movie. Great group on the bus too. Guide was too cute