Salzburg Introduction

2.5-Hour Tour

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Burgher Town, Mirabell Gardens, Residenzplatz, St. Peters, Mozart Residence

With its city center on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997, Salzburg is brimming with history and culture. This charming alpine city is famed for being Mozart’s birthplace, but its significance goes well beyond even his unrivaled musical genius. This historian-led Salzburg walking tour introduces you to the major sites and local customs of a city renowned for its breathtaking Gothic and Baroque architecture, medieval salt commerce, medical innovations, exceptional musical heritage, and as the setting of the global movie classic, The Sound of Music.

Explore the narrow, winding streets of Salzburg’s medieval Burgher Town and the unique passageways of the so-called Getreidegasse: a bustling shopping avenue.

Take in the grand Italian-influenced Baroque squares of the Residenz District where the Archbishops once presided and the extravagant Baroque Mirabell Palace and Gardens, with mythological statues and ornate flower arrangements.

Passing by Mozart’s Birthplace, we will visit Mozart’s Residence, where he lived until the age of 17, and explore the museum exhibit showcasing his musical genius and dramatic life with the help of your expert guide.

Stroll by the Festival Halls before reaching the St. Peter Monastery of the Benedictines that dates back to 696 AD.

Follow the childhoods of Mozart and his sister Nannerl and learn more about the city’s second prodigy, the classical composer, Michael Haydn.

Discover the true story of the Trapp family from the classic film, The Sound of Music, and the circumstances that made them refugees fleeing Nazi Germany’s Annexation of Austria to a new life in the United States.

Tour Details


Private tour –  $450 USD (1-10 persons)
*your guide all to yourself

Small groups – $140 USD per person
*still intimate with 8 persons or less

Departure time

Private tours daily 9:30 AM and 2 PM


Small groups:

  • Tuesday 9:30 AM
  • Thursday 2 PM
  • Saturday 9:30 AM
  • Sunday 2 PM

Meeting point

Private tours include a pick-up at your central hotel or flat


Small groups: Café Glockenspiel, Mozartplatz 2, 5020 Salzburg, Austria




2.5 hours

Group size

Private tours: 1-10 persons
Groups of over 10 should contact us at in order to get a special rate for their party.


Small groups: 2-8 persons

Participation requirements

As this is a walking tour, please contact us if you have any mobility issues or concerns

Not included

Mozart Residence Admission:

  • Adults: €13,50
  • Students & Seniors: €10,50

  • Children 15-18: €4,50

  • Children 6-14: €4

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Cash or credit card for the entrance fee

About your guide

Cancellation policy

For cancellations 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour, Insight Cities offers a full refund. We cannot refund cancellations within 48 hours of a scheduled tour as we need to pay our guide.

Overview of Your Tour

View of Salzburg's Old Town

This 2.5-hour Salzburg city tour starts with an exploration of the Burgher Town with its narrow, crooked streets and the unique passageways of the so-called “Getreidegasse,” while your historian guide illuminates the salt mine economy that gained the city its prominence in Medieval Europe. Salzburg’s commercial center still remains intact in its medieval charm, contrasting the great spacious Baroque squares of the district where the Archbishops presided over the city in their Residenz. Here we also consider the extensive influence of Italian Baroque on Salzburg and the teams of Italian architects and landscapers who were imported to give the city its grand new look in the 1700s.sheet music

To enhance our appreciation of Salzburg’s glorious Baroque heritage, we stroll through the legendary Mirabell Palace and Gardens with elaborately designed flower beds, mythologically-inspired statues and fountains. The complex is listed as a protected cultural heritage monument by UNESCO, along with Salzburg’s historic city center.

We pass by Mozart’s Birthplace and visit the Mozart Residence, where he lived until the age of 17, exploring the exhibit showcasing his musical genius and dramatic life. Moving on to the Festival Halls, we take in St. Peter’s, the monastery of the Benedictines dating back to 696 AD.large curated garden with red and yellow flowers in semi circle layout Along with stories of Salzburg’s medieval salt commerce, archbishops, and medical innovations, we follow the childhoods of Wolfgang and his sister, Nannerl Mozart, as well as the life story of the great second musical son of the city, the composer Michael Haydn.

By the end of our tour, visitors will know Salzburg’s local customs and traditions, cultural and political history, and enviable musical heritage. Last but not least, you will learn the true story of the global movie classic The Sound of Music’s Trapp family, one of the authentically great refugee tales from the Second World War.

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