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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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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.

$901.97 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 or any other location in the city of Salzburg.Stop At: Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsOn this stop we will explore the beautiful Mirabell Gardens, where the grand finale of Do, Re, Mi was filmed and we will also show you the Pegasus Fountain, Dwarf Garden, Hedge Tunnel and the steps where Maria and the kids finished Do, Re, Mi.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Salzburg Marionette Theater, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsIf you love the Sound of Music you will know this fantastic puppet theater ( operating since 1913 ). The Salzburg puppet theater is the oldest continuous theater of its kind in the world. The Lonely Goatherd and the puppet scene in the Sound of Music where inspired by this theatre.Sound of Music Film Connection:This is what inspired one of the most memorable scenes "The Lonely Goatherd"Stop At: Moenchsberg, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsEnjoy panoramic views over the city as Maria and the children did bringing the Do, Re, Mi song into Salzburg from the picnic meadow in Werfen. In the Sound of Music that's the moment when they begin to mix the order of the musical notes up for practice. Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Pferdeschwemme (Horse Well), Salzburg, Austrian AlpsThis iconic monument fountain, built in the 17th century, was used as a horse wash in former days. It was also featured in the Sound of Music.Pass By: Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsBuilt in the 17th century as a riding school for the prince archbishops of Salzburg and transformed into a theater in 1925. This is the location where the Von Trapps performed Edelweiss and won the Salzburg festivals during the Sound of Music escape scene.Pass By: Petersfriedhof, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsSt. Peters Cemetery, is located next to St. Peters Basilica and Monastery. In the Sound of Music the oldest part of Salzburg ( goes back to 696AD ) inspired the escape scene.Pass By: Mozart Bridge, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsBuilt in 1903 the Mozart Bridge is the oldest Bridge over the river Salzach in the city of Salzburg. In the Sound of Music Marie and the children cross the bridge while pointing during the instrumental end of "My Favorite Things" before they skip along the grassy riverbank.Stop At: Residenzplatz Market, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsWe will stop at this majestic 17th century baroque fountain, where Maria splashed water just before she boarded the bus to the captains Villa during I have Confidence in the Sound of Music.Duration: 2 minutesPass By: Nonnberg Convent, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsThe oldest Abbey north of the Alps (714AD) was featured several times in the Sound of Music. Only the exterior of the abbey was used in the movie. Innside shots where done in a studio.Stop At: Leopoldskroner Weiher, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsHere we stop for a view over the Lake to the Palace Leopoldskron. This beautiful rococo building was used as the back of the family house in the Sound of Music. The boat scene was filmed here and it used to be the home of the original Gazebo.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Schloss FrohnburgStop and short walk to the 17th century Palace Frohnburg. This are the gates where Maria arrived hopping, swinging here guitar and singing "I Have Confidence" in the Sound of Music.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Schloss Hellbrunn, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsHellbrunn Palace, famous for its trick water fountains, is since 1991 the location of the original Gazebo. Some of the most unforgettable and romantic scenes of the Sound of Music, like "16 going on 17" with Liesl and Rolf and "Something Good" where performed in this timeless Gazebo. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Julie's Meadow (Sound of Music)Enjoy spectacular views (weather permitting) at the location where Maria was spinning in the field during the opening scene of the Sound of Music while singing "The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music".Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Rossfeld Panoramastrasse, Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, BavariaThis Panoramic Road is considered one of the most beautiful in the Alps. After a scenic drive to the top (1570 meters) your private guide will walk with you to the place where the family hiked over the Alps to Switzerland. (Weather permitting)Duration: 10 minutesStop At: The Sound of Music Trail, Werfen, Austrian AlpsSound of Music picnic meadow, where Maria and the children started to sing Do, Re, Mi during their picnic. Enjoy beautiful views to the fortress Hohenwerfen and the Alps.Duration: 10 minutesPass By: Schloss Fuschl, A Luxury Collection Resort & SpaFormer hunting lodge built in 1450 by Prince Archbishop, Schloss Fuschl is today a Luxury Lake Side Resort.Stop At: Red Bull Headquarters, Fuschl am See, Austrian AlpsHome of the most famous Energy Drink, enjoy beautiful architecture. Duration: 2 minutesStop At: MozartblickEnjoy beautiful views above the Lake Wolfgang and the town of St. Gilgen. This is the area that was shown during the opening scene of the Sound of Music. You also have a view to the Schafberg where Maria and the children took the train up to the picnic meadow.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Basilika St. Michael, Mondsee, Upper AustriaVisit "The Sound of Music" wedding basilica. Duration: 10 minutes

$1130.31 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: Schloss Hellbrunn, 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

$112.54 Cultural & Theme Tours

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

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Salzburger Altstadt, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsMeet 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

$867.73 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.

$89.06 Day Trips & Excursions

Ice Cave Tour from Salzburg

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsMeeting PointDuration: 15 minutesPass By: Salzach River, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsEnjoy a scenic drive through the Salzach River Valley and learn about the History of the area.Pass By: Hohenwerfen CastleOn our way up to the ice caves, you will enjoy dramatic views of the Hohenwerfen Castle, an iconic hilltop castle used as a backdrop in many films such has The Sound of Music, Where Eagle’s Dare and most recent, Man in The High Castle. Stop At: Eisriesenwelt, Werfen, Austrian AlpsExperience a miracle of nature visit the World of Ice Giants the largest Ice Caves in the world. One of the true wonders on earth, the Werfen Ice Caves are a wondrous underground world of natural ice sculptures and formations. Discover a world of natural beauty. High above the village of Werfen, amid the magnificent mountain world of the Tennengebirge, we find the entrance to the world’s biggest explored labyrinth of ice caves, explore the panoramic view of Salzburg’s giant ice caves in Werfen on this truly unique journey Fitness:About 134 altitude meters have to be traversed during a tour of the ice cave. This roughly corresponds to hiking up the stairway of a large high-rise. Each visitor is responsible for determining whether he or she is capable of this exertion.There is no doubt that the beauty of the ice sculptures and impressive dimension of the cave will compensate for any strain! The pace of the tour will be adjusted to the visitor group. However, we recommend that people with severe walking impairments or cardiovascular diseases refrain from visiting the ice cave. Access to the cable car and the path from the cable car to the cave already require about 20 minutes of walking.Duration: 3 hours