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Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt from Salzburg

1. Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt from Salzburg

Start the 5-hour trip from Salzburg with a drive through the famous Salzkammergut en route to Hallstatt, known as the Pearl of the Salzkammergut. The route will take you through a number of charming villages, as you listen to an introduction to Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut. If you wish to do the Hallstatt Skywalk, the guide will collect the money for the ticket on the bus.  On arrival in Hallstatt you might begin your visit with a mountain train ride up to the entrance of the world’s oldest salt mines (though the tour does not visit the mine itself), where you can admire the views down onto Hallstatt.  In Hallstatt you will have 2.5 hours to take in the sights. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the lake and marvel how the houses above you seem to cling onto the mountainside. Pass by the Mullbach waterfall and visit the local museum. A must-see attraction is the Bone House behind the Catholic church, which will give you an interesting view into local family life (admission not included). You’ll then begin the return journey via Abtenau and Russbach to Gosau, where you’ll see the Gosau Lake and admire the views of the Dachtsein mountains.

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Original Sound of Music Tour

2. 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. Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will show you the architectural and historical landmarks of the city and the picturesque Lake District. You’ll visit 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.

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From Vienna: Full Day Trip to Hallstatt and Salzkammergut

3. From Vienna: Full Day Trip to Hallstatt and Salzkammergut

Depart Vienna and journey by bus into the Austrian Alps to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salzkammergut, famous for its scenic lakes, limestone mountains and historic castles. Continue to the beautiful village of Hallstatt on the Hallstätter See and learn more about the development of the village and its salt production industry, dating back to prehistoric times.  Next, climb aboard a boat and cruise across the tranquil waters of the Hallstätter See (only in the summer). Get some free time to explore the village on your own before making your way back to Vienna.

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From Salzburg: Guided Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour

4. From Salzburg: Guided Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour

Depart from Salzburg and get amazing views of Austria's lake district as you travel by coach to the beautiful town of Hallstatt. On the way, you will pass Lake Fuschl, where the headquarters of a world-famous energy drink are located, and make a quick photo stop of the magnificent view over the town of St. Gilgen, Lake Wolfgang, and the surrounding mountains of the Salzkammergut. Afterward, you will continue your trip along Lake Wolfgang and be astonished by the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage landscape. You will pass through a number of charming villages on the 1.5-hour drive to Hallstatt. Once you arrive in Hallstatt, you will have 2.5 hours of free time to explore the breathtaking city and the surroundings. You can then visit the ossuary or “bone-house”, and take a look at its more than 1000 painted human skulls, or take a funicular ride up to the entrance of the world’s oldest salt mine and enjoy the breathtaking view from an observation platform, right above the town. If you just want to enjoy the atmosphere of Hallstatt, take a leisurely walk along the lake, and marvel at how the houses above you seem to cling onto the mountainside. Your trip will end by making your way back, passing through the Rußbach valley and the towns of Gosau and Abtenau which are famous for their stunning views of the Dachstein mountain range, before arriving back to your starting point in Salzburg.

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Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

5. Salzburg: Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and Underground Boat Ride

The tour will take you from Salzburg straight to the entrance of the salt mines of Berchtesgaden. There, you will receive overalls to protect your clothing before climbing aboard the mine railway and traveling down into the shafts. An expert guide will lead you through the maze of branching tunnels and explain the fascinating history of Alpine salt-mining. The adventure continues with a slide, taking you yet deeper into the ground – an exciting experience for young and old! Finally, right at the bottom of the mine, climb aboard a raft to journey across the extraordinary underground salt lake. Before heading back to Salzburg, discover Berchtesgaden and its breathtaking scenery.

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Salzkammergut Region: Hop-on and Hop-off Bus Tour

6. Salzkammergut Region: Hop-on and Hop-off Bus Tour

This tour takes you to the "Land of Music". Namely to the impressive Salzkammergut, lakes and mountains region. Admire the outstanding beauty of the glacial lakes and mountains for which the Salzkammergut region is famous. Since this is a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, you are able to enjoy all the sights at your own pace. With the Green Line you are travelling from Salzburg via Hof and Fuschl to the village of St. Gilgen, where Mozart's mother was born. In St. Gilgen you can change to the Red Line, which brings you via Abersee and Strobl further on to St. Wolfgang (and back to St. Gilgen). In St. Wolfgang you will find many delights including the local church with its famous winged altar from the 15th century by Michael Pacher and the Hotel White Horse Inn, which was the setting for the famous operetta "Im Weissen Rössl". Continue your journey with the Green Line and pass the picturesque Krottensee and the Castle of Hüttenstein. Then via the Scharfling pass along the shores of the Mondsee (Moon Lake), to the town of the same name once famous for its monastery and world famous as the Sound of Music Wedding Church. Return to Salzburg via Thalgau and Eugendorf along the charming Flachgau region. Audio-commentary in 13 languages is available.

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Hallstatt: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour with Photographer

7. Hallstatt: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour with Photographer

After meeting your local guide, listen to some general information and historical facts about this small Austrian village. Then, walk to the Badeinsel, an artificial island with a spectacular view of the lake and the historic town center. Take incredible photos which will wow your family, friends, and social media followers. Next, hike up the Salzberg Trail to the Mühlbach Wasserfall until you reach the historic center of the town. Take look at the Bone House of Hallstatt and learn about the unique burial traditions of this region. End the tour by taking in the iconic postcard views of the waterfront and city. During the whole tour, your guide will take complimentary pictures which will be edited and uploaded into a private Dropbox folder on the same day the tour takes place.

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Salzkammergut: Salt Mine, Lakes, and Mountain Tour

8. Salzkammergut: Salt Mine, Lakes, and Mountain Tour

Take a breathtaking ride from the city of Salzburg into the Bavarian Alps along the Kings Lake-Ache up to the Obersalzberg, where the second headquarters of Third Reich used to be. Afterward, continue to the highlight of the tour, which is the 500-year-old Berchtesgaden salt mine. Slip into traditional miners’ clothes and take the miners’ train deep into the mountain. Experience the fascinating underground world of the salt-miners and discover the charm of the magnificently illuminated subterranean landscape. Take the slides down to the salt lake, which you will cross by boat. After this unique tour, explore the little picturesque town of Berchtesgaden and taste some Bavarian specialties. Leave Salzburg once more and pass by Lake Fuschl and Castle Fuschl. Explore the little town of St. Gilgen, where Mozart's mother was born. In the summer (May 1st to October 26th) enjoy a 45-minute boat ride to St. Wolfgang. During winter, take a coffee break at one of the traditional Austrian coffee houses.  At St. Wolfgang, your guide will show you the famous pilgrimage church with its carved gothic winged altar by Michael Pacher. There will be some time to explore the picturesque town or have a coffee break on the terrace of the famous White Horse Inn (Weisses Rössl) at your own expense. Continue your journey along the Krottensee with castle Hüttenstein and drive along Lake Mondsee before returning to Salzburg.

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Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Trip

9. Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Trip

Travel through Lower Austria and enjoy local, stunning scenery during your full-day trip. Discover the beauty of Lower Silesia with views of the salt lakes, vineyards, and mountains. Start with a pickup from your accommodation in Vienna and follow the Danube River into the countryside filled with dense woodlands and rolling vineyards. Admire stunning landscapes to reach the famous Melk Abbey, Salzburg, and Hallstatt. Melk Abbey is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque Ensembles and is located on top of the hill. Walk around Abbey Park with the baroque garden Pavillion. Marvel at the architecture. Step inside where your guide will lead you through Abbey Museum, the Marble Hall, balcony, library, and church with its amazing chapels and decorations. Move to beautiful Hallstatt village, Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed village famous for its salt production. See the Lake of District and the picturesque town Bad Ischl. Discover Old Town, gorgeous Lutheran Church, landscapes with steep mountains, and waterfalls. Explore Salzburg, known as Mozart’s birthplace and the town of music. See the highlights such as UNESCO-protected Old Town, Cathedral, Fortress, and “The Sound of Music” filming locations. Choose if you want a guided tour of Melk Abbey and Salzburg city, or if you want to experience the essence of the whole trip with an accompaniment of a guide on board in each place with you. After the tour, sit it back and relax with a transfer back to your hotel in Vienna.

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Hallstatt: Popular and Hidden Spots City Game

10. Hallstatt: Popular and Hidden Spots City Game

Discover Hallstatt, learn its fascinating history, and visit its attractions while you solve clues around town. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problem and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Receive all instructions via email after booking, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Play as a group and solve the clues together, or split into smaller teams and compete against the others. The tour will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so feel free to go at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Salzkammergut

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4.6 / 5

based on 621 reviews

What a great trip! The driver drives so professionally. The van for taking passengers is really good, I feel so comfortable the whole trip despite being on this for 4 hours. Ms tour guide is nice as well, given the ability to speak many languages fluently at the same time to convery information for passengers. Hallstatt is like a fairy tales.

We had a wonderful experience with Alenka today. She went out of her way to make our trip wonderful. She is full of energy and has excellent knowledge of the city, its culture, and history. Would most certainly recommend this tour to anyone

Really loved the tour and the guide-Alenka!! Highly recommend her if you’re looking forward to book one. But it could have been better if it was a little longer and not just for half day during the peak season. But overall it was great!!

I highly recommend this tour our tour guide Bridgette was excellent always giving us so many real family stories plus the movie stories. I had a super great afternoon. So relaxing.

Wolfgang was a great tour guide. Really enjoyed the experience!