This was just the two of us a very knowledgeable guide, Astrid. We thoroughly enjoyed the chance to explore the city on foot with an insider our guide grew up and lives here in fact, she biked to our appointment. Having the historical background then made the next few days much more meaningful and enjoyable. Money well spent.
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.
Private tour – $330 USD (1-10 persons)
*your guide all to yourself
Small groups – $85 USD per person
*still intimate with 8 persons or less
Private tours daily 9:30 AM and 2 PM
- Tuesday 9:30 AM
- Thursday 2 PM
- Saturday 9:30 AM
- Sunday 2 PM
Private tours include a pick-up at your central hotel or flat
Small groups: Café Glockenspiel, Mozartplatz 2, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Private tours: 1-10 persons
Groups of over 10 should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to get a special rate for their party.
Small groups: 2-8 persons
As this is a walking tour, please contact us if you have any mobility issues or concerns
Mozart Residence Admission:
- Adult: €12 (approx. $14 USD)
- Kids 6-14 years-old: €4 (approx. $5 USD)
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Cash or credit card for the entrance fee
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For cancellations 72 hours prior to your scheduled tour, Insight Cities offers a full refund. We cannot refund cancellations within 72 hours of a scheduled tour as we need to pay our guide.
Overview of Your Tour
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. 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 the whole of 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, the monastery of the Benedictines dating back to 696 AD. 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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We so enjoyed Salzburg. What a fabulous walking tour. Gabe was our guide and he was great. Very knowledgeable. He was very educational. We loved seeing the many beautiful churches. Highly recommend this tour.
We wanted a brief walking tour to introduce us to Salzburg and this was perfect. Liza was the sweetest person and did a great job of working with our small group (4 people) to understand what we wanted to see.