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Both the fortress and the ice caves can be squeezed into a day trip from Salzburg; start early, visit the caves first and be at the fortress for the last falconry show.

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$692.94 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Werfen Ice Caves Adventure from Salzburg

Meet your private guide outside your Salzburg hotel and get comfortable in an 8-seater luxury minivan for a 1-hour drive south through the Salzach Valley and the Tennen Mountains (Tennengebirge) section of the Alps. Arriving in the market town of Werfen in the historical Pongau region, stop to admire Hohenwerfen Castle, an iconic hilltop castle used as the backdrop in many films. Enter the Werfen Ice Caves (own expense), a vast underground labyrinth of icy caverns extending more than 26 miles (42 km) through the heart of Hochkogel mountain. Though officially discovered in 1879, according to Austrian legend locals knew about Eisriesenwelt long before, but they never explored it because they believed it was the entrance to Hell.Take a cable car and walk through the caves, pausing to take in the mysterious caverns and surreal ice formations. Learn about the history, formation and discovery of the caves from your guide. As this is a private tour, you can tailor the pace to your needs.After experiencing this breathtaking natural wonder, journey back to central Salzburg, where your tour concludes.

$912.37 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private The Hills Are Alive Tour from Salzburg

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Salzburg Private Tours, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsPick up from your hotel Stop At: Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsWalking true the location of filming Duration: 20 minutesStop At: The Sound of Music Trail, Werfen, Austrian AlpsWalking true the location of filming Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsWalking true the location of filming Duration: 10 minutesPass By: Petersfriedhof, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsWalking true the location of filming Stop At: Basilika St. Michael, Mondsee, Upper AustriaWalking true the location of filming Duration: 20 minutes

$1143.35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full Day Private Original Sound of Music Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen, Werfen, Austrian Alpsoptional vist to Hohenwerfen - a spectacular backdrop in the SOM scene. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsVisit the Gazebo in the Park Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Panorama Tours, Salzburg, Austrian Alpsenjoy breathtaking views while driving into the heart of the the Austrian Alps Stop At: Pfarrkirche Werfen, Werfen, Austrian Alpsdrive up to the hiking trail and see the famous meadows Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Leopoldskroner Weiher, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsEnjoy a wonderful breakfast at the Schloss Leopoldskron Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Pfarrhof der Pfarre St. Michael - MondseeVisit the Wedding Chapel Duration: 30 minutes

$113.84 Cultural & Theme Tours

Eagle's Nest and 'The Where Eagles Dare Castle' of Werfen

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Obersalzberg, Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, BavariaMeet your professional local guide and driver at your Salzburg hotel and hop on board of your luxury minivan. Afterward, your journey will take you on scenic route to the Obersalzberg Region. Dive deeper into the area's history with a visit to the Obersalzberg and the Berghof ruins. The Berghof, located at 3000 ft elevation, was Hitler’s former mountain residence at the Obersalzberg.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Hotel Zum Turken, Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, BavariaThe Hotel zum Tuerken was used by the Nazis and is very close to Hitler's Berghof. Today the Hotel zum Tuerken is private, if opened feel free to visit the Bunkers at the Tuerken - all original.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: The Eagle's Nest, Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, BavariaFrom the Obersalzberg you will access the Eagle's Nest with special busses and elevator. You will have 2 hours at the Eagle's Nest. Take a stroll to the very close summit Kehlstein to overlook the picturesque Bavarian and Austrian Alps.From April 1st 2019 until about May 10th 2019 (depends on the snow conditions of the year), the Eagle's Nest direct access road is closed, alternatively we offer to visit the Rossfeld summit instead. From this vantage point, soak in panoramic views of the stunning Austrian and Bavarian Alps and the nearby Eagle's Nest. Feel free to choose this option also when Eagle's Nest is opened if you prefer a much less crowded, more local site than the Eagle's Nest.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen, Werfen, Austrian AlpsCastle of Werfen is one of the most magnificent mountain fortifications in the Alps and was also used in the “Where Eagle’s Dare” movie with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. It was the castle of Werfen which was used as Eagle’s Nest, not the original location at the Bavarian Alps. Enjoy some good Austrian lunch right at the castle before you will marvel at the bird-of-prey show conducted by historic State Falconers, mainly featuring native free-flying raptors!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Gollinger Wasserfall, Golling an der Salzach, Austrian AlpsReturning at the Obersalzberg the drive goes on backroads to a hidden gem of the area, the natural wonder of Golling Waterfalls. Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Salzburger Altstadt, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsAfter eight hours exploring the Eagle's Nest and the Where Eagle's Dare Castle of Werfen, your private tour will conclude with drop-off at your Salzburg City hotel or any other location in Salzburg.Stop At: The Sound of Music Trail, Werfen, Austrian AlpsThe Sound of Music meadow (Do-Re-Mi), at the hills above the village Werfen, is offering a stunning view over the Salzach river valley and the castle of Werfen.Return to your Salzburg accommodation or city center of Salzburg at the end of the day.Duration: 15 minutes

$877.72 Day Trips & Excursions

Zell am See Alpine Village Private Day Trip from Salzburg

After your Salzburg Hotel pickup, this 8-hour day tour will take you to the castle of Werfen from the 11th century. Located right in the Salzach River Valley that village is off the beaten tracks and also away from all the famous Salzburg tourist destinations, simply a local experience. The tour through the castle will take 1 hour (only in summer), after that you will enjoy the beauty of the mountains and nature on your way along the Salzach River to the highlight of that tour, Zell am See located right at the lake and surrounded by mountains.You will have 2.5 hours on your own to explore Zell am See, do a boat ride on the lake or explore Zell am See’s local mountain, the “Schmittenhoehe” at an elevation of 6600 feet (own expense) The return drive back to Salzburg will take you via St. Johann, Bischofshofen and Hallein.

$831.53 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour to Werfen and the Ice Caves from Salzburg

On this tour I pick you up in our comfortable panorama glass roof van and drive with you to the countryside. During the summer time (1st. May to 26th October) I drive directly to Werfen - a countryside village in the south of Salzburg. There you can visit the Ice caves with a cable car ride. After that visit to the ice caves (takes ca. 2, 5hrs) in the mountain you return to the city of Werfen and have a look at the fortress's falconry. The fortress itself is worth a visit and has a museum included. It is over 900 years old.During winter time, when the caves are closed I offer you the saltmines in Hallein/Bad Dürrnberg instead. There you will walk at about 1, 5km within the mine and find a few adventures on your way (kids over 4 years).Please note - the ice cave, the fortress and the saltmine have separate entrance fees. I will assist you and try to get a discount, but you have to take cash local money (euro) with you.