Things to do in Upper Austria

Our most recommended things to do in Upper Austria

From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

1. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

Embark on a half-day scenic tour through the Salzkammergut to Hallstatt. See the town of Hallstatt on a guided tour and explore at your own pace after. Admire the Mullbach waterfall and the Bone House. Start the 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 at 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.

Salzburg: Mozart Concert at Mirabell Palace

2. 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.

Vienna: Hallstatt & Alpine Peaks Day Trip with Skywalk Lift

3. Vienna: Hallstatt & Alpine Peaks Day Trip with Skywalk Lift

Explore the stunning region of Salzkammergut, a Unesco World Heritage Site on a guided tour. See the snow-white castle, the beautiful alpine regions, towns like Hallstatt, Traunkirchen, and more. Enjoy a convenient pickup directly from your centrally-located Vienna hotel or opt to head to a central meeting point if you're staying at a hotel outside of the pickup area or in other accommodation like an apartment. Board your bus and depart to the stunning region of Salzkammergut. Your first stop is the Schloss Ort, a snow-white castle where countless couples dream of celebrating their weddings. Take the opportunity to snap some photos on its famous wooden bridge. Continue to the heart of the Salzkammergut region, the fabulous town of Hallstatt, set on the shores of an azure-blue lake. Ascend to the Skywalk to enjoy breathtaking views over the town, lake, and mountains. You will have some free time for lunch, to wander the narrow streets, or hire a boat to explore from the water at your own expense. On the way back to Vienna (in the summertime), make a stop at the charming resort town of Traunkirchen, located on the bank of the deepest lake in Austria. Admire the unforgettable natural landscape from this lovely place, before continuing to Vienna where your tour will end at the Vienna State Opera.

Salzburg: Original Sound of Music Tour

4. 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..

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

5. Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner

Enjoy arrival and departure on the funicular railway to hear the classic piece "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" while you enjoy a romantic dinner and concert in Salzburg. Admire the views from the Mozart fortress. Begin your evening with a romantic 3-course dinner. Experience a truly exceptional atmosphere at the 900-year-old fortress. Dine in the exclusive Panorama restaurant, which is located at the fortress and overlooks the old city of Salzburg. Next, hear Mozart's most beloved work as well as other masterpieces by the famous classical composer, interpreted by internationally-renowned soloists. After the concert, experience Mozart's city at twilight as the evening comes to an end. Classic dinner menuMini bread rolls with 2 different spreadsConsommé of beef with semolina dumplingCorn chicken supréme with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables"Mozart" dessert*Vegetarian options are available upon request VIP dinner menu Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads White wine soup with roasted Marcona almonds Sous vide cooked short rips from local beef on truffled mashed potatoes and grilled tomato de Roma or Salzburger gold trout "müllerin art" with rosemary potatoes Salzburger Nockerl Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream and berries*Vegetarian options are available upon request

Salzburg: Christmas Advent Concert with Dinner

6. Salzburg: Christmas Advent Concert with Dinner

Attend a Christmas concert of music by Mozart, Haydn, Bach, and other legendary composers at the historic Hohensalzburg Fortress, perched high above Salzburg. Ride the funicular for free to listen to masterpieces in a magnificent setting. Feast on a holiday menu with your choice of chicken, fish, or vegetarian dishes. Concert Program: • W. A. Mozart: Salzburg Symphony • J. Haydn: Serenade • J. S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins and Strings • A. Vivaldi: Harp Concerto and Guitar Concerto • Advent music from the Salzburg countryside Classic Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • Consommé of beef with semolina dumpling • Corn chicken supréme with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables • Mozart dessert VIP Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • White wine soup with roasted Marcona almonds • Sous vide cooked short rips from local beef on truffle mashed potatoes and grilled Roma tomato or • Salzburger gold trout müllerin art (Miller style) with rosemary potatoes • Salzburger Nockerl (soufflé with vanilla cream and berries) *Vegetarian options are available upon request

Salzburg Card: Free Admission and Free Rides

7. Salzburg Card: Free Admission and Free Rides

Anyone who wants to spend their well-earned holiday in beautiful Salzburg is sure to love the top-notch Salzburg Card. This little gem features plenty of great perks and benefits to make your vacation easier and ensure a relaxed visit to this beautiful city. The Salzburg Card not only gives you free admission to all of the city's museums, but also includes unlimited use of all means of public transportation, including the fortress funicular and Untersberg Cable Car, as well as the impressive panorama boat which offers fantastic picturesque views from the Salzach river. You can also expect a number of discounts and other perks at concerts, theater, and even destinations outside Salzburg.

Salzburg: Cathedral Christmas Concert Series Ticket

8. Salzburg: Cathedral Christmas Concert Series Ticket

Do not miss the chance to truly experience the wonderful atmosphere of the pre-Christmas season in its most beautiful form by taking part in this special series of concerts at Salzburg Cathedral. Starting on Friday, November 25, the concert series will follow this program: Friday, November 25, Friday, December 23: "Veni, veni Emanuel, Choir and Organ Improvisations" Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3: "Arias and Duets at Advent" Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10: "Saxophone and Organ Advent Music" Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17: "Wind and Organ Music for Advent"

From Vienna: Panoramic Austrian Alps Tour to Hallstatt

9. From Vienna: Panoramic Austrian Alps Tour to Hallstatt

Discover the beauty of the Austrian Alps on this guided tour from Vienna to the Admont Abbey, the village of Hallstatt, and the town of Gmunden. See stunning frescos on the ceiling of the grand library at the Abbey and take a guided walking tour of Hallstatt. Depart Vienna and travel along a panoramic road through the heart of the Austrian Alps. Visit one of the oldest monasteries in Austria at Admont Abbey on the banks of the Enns River, and marvel at the Baroque architecture of the building which is famous for its vast monastic library. Take a guided walk through the village of Hallstatt and learn about its remarkable history. Explore the culture of the region as you admire stunning views of mountains rising from narrow valleys. Continue to the town of Gmunden which is popular as a health resort. Get a stunning view of the 11th-century castle of Schloss Ort in the middle of Traunsee lake. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the town that has been known for its traditional crafts since the 17th century. Purchase souvenirs before the drive back to Vienna.

Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert

10. Salzburg: Best of Mozart Fortress Concert

Enjoy a performance of the Classical piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" above the rooftops of the Mozart city of Salzburg. Hear Mozart's most beloved work as well as other masterpieces by the famous Classical composer, interpreted by internationally-renowned soloists. Hear one of over 300 "Best of Mozart" concerts held annually in the most beautiful halls in the province of Salzburg, like the Golden Hall. During Advent and Christmas times, you will also be enchanted by traditional Salzburg Christmas Carols. Experience a truly exceptional atmosphere at the 900-year-old fortress and enjoy a unique view of the city of Salzburg and its vicinity. After the concert, experience the Mozart city at twilight as the evening comes to an end.

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This was a fun easy excursion from Salzburg. The salt mine tour guide only spoke German. We were given audio devices to hear the tour in English. I could tell we were missing a lot by not understanding the live tour guide. The tour included a mine train and two slides as well as a funicular. At the end of the tour we were taken to Berchtesgaden for lunch. The round trip took a little more than 5 hours. My only complaint is that the GetYourGuide directions to the meeting point were wrong. We luckily figured it out before we missed the bus. I am sure GetYourGuide would blame the tour company and visa versa. My point is that someone needs to own the problem and correct it. The directions in app need to be accurate.

The tour is excellent. Just the kind of tour when you enjoy not only the locations you visit, but absolutely all the way to them. The views of the Alps are incredible. Salzburg is interesting and beautiful, but it's hard to talk about the Alpine lakes - you need to see it. I also liked the work of the guide, a very professional and interesting woman. I would really add a visit to Hallstatt to this tour - it is too close to the visited locations. But the overall impression is excellent. Thanks to the organizers.

The tour was amazing. We booked from the states. The meeting place was incorrect, as well as the name of the company. Very frustrating to try to find the correct meeting point. Had to use international phone numbers to clear up the issue. It was a difference between Salzburg siteseeing and Panoramic site seeing. It was not the fault of Panoramic, but the communication with Get your Guide and Salzburg siteseeing. The tour itself was great! Peter was a great tour guide. Bus was comfortable.

We spent the entire day here. Had a great, lengthy and very enjoyable self guided tour of an amazing Medieval fortress , followed by a fantastic meal at the fortress, followed by a concert of Mozart music performed by a really talented string ensemble. Whadda day!! Don’t miss it.

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.