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Salzburg tours and excursions

Salzburg tours

Boat tours

From April to October tourists can enjoy a Salzach Cruise on the river boat Amadeus Salzburg and see the sights of Salzburg from the river.

Tel: +43 662 825 858.

Bus tours

Panorama Tours and Salzburg Sightseeing Tours operate daily bus tours of the city and a number of themed tours, such as 'Mozart tours' and 'Sound of Music tours', visiting places where scenes from the film were shot.

Tel: +43 662 883 2110; +43 662 881 616.

Salzburg excursions


You can see the largest ice caves in the world at Eisriesenwelt near the town of Werfen around 40km (25 miles) south of Salzburg. The system of caverns stretches over 42km (26 miles), and the first kilometre features huge ice formations. Getting to the caves involves a bit of walking and a ride up Austria's steepest cable car ascent. Closed in winter.

Tel: +43 06468 5248.

Hellbrunn Palace

Hellbrunn Palace is a mannerist fairytale palace built in the early 17th century with gardens containing unique water automata, trick fountains, grottos and much more. It is only 5km (3 miles) out of town, but it offers a calming and even healing escape from the hustle and bustle of Salzburg.

Tel: +43 662 820 3720.
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Featured Hotels


Hotel Bristol

Looming over the river this stately property preserves the feel of a classic 19th-century hotel. First built in 1619 it opened for guests in the late 1800s and was the first hotel to have electricity in the city – earning it the name 'Electric Hotel'. It has hosted everyone from monarchs to Sigmund Freud. Today expect a blend of traditional atmosphere with contemporary service.

Castellani Parkhotel

Ideally located hotel on the edge of the Old Town, this handsome hotel has comfortable, modern rooms and top facilities including a fitness centre and steam room. The breakfast is a vast buffet, which includes cooked food, and the restaurant is pleasant. For extra luxury, try one of the 15 suites that are based in its 17th-century priory.

Hotel Stein

One of the hottest hotels in town is, without doubt, Hotel Stein. Commanding terrific views of the river and reached by bridge from the Old Town, it combines sexy modernity with classic style. Boasting a history dating back to 1399, its rooms range from the glamorous to the super-chic.


Among the cheapest digs in town, Yoho is perhaps the most unique lodging in Salzburg. The rooms are comfortable and boast impressive mountain views, while the bar is always busy with young backpackers. What’s more, The Sound of Music is screened every day at 7pm in the TV room – take that as you will.

Hotel Goldener Hirsch

The hotel of choice for celebrities and royalty over the years, the Goldener Hirsch (the Golden Stag) is a Salzburg institution. Highly exclusive yet exuding genuine hospitality, the hotel has a unique old-world atmosphere combining the rustic with the luxurious. The hotel boasts two superb restaurants and a wonderfully decorated bar.

Wolf-Dietrich Hotel

The Wolf-Dietrich Hotel comprises the Altstadthotel and the Residenz, two houses that face each other near the city centre. In addition to being very comfortable, it is also healthy and environmentally friendly, being powered only by green electricity, serving organic food in the restaurant and incorporating feng shui into the design.