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Salzburg Old Town (Aldstadt) Tours

Lovely Salzburg’s enchanting medieval heart lies along the southern bank of the Salzach River; the Aldstadt is an enclave of winding cobbled alleyways, airy piazzas and many fine Baroque churches.

The wealth of Salzburg originated in the 14th century when it became an independent principality ruled by powerful prince-bishops, and thanks to its glorious architecture it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Old Town’s many highlights include the massive Baroque Salzburg Residenz (Prince-Bishops’ Palace) in Residenzplatz and the landmark Dom (cathedral), majestically gilded inside and with a dramatic Baroque façade rearing up over Domplatz. St Peter’s Abbey is a Benedictine monastery with a fine, frothy rococo interior and a gastronomic treat in its cellars; Stiftskeller St Peter is one of Salzburg’s oldest restaurants.

The Aldstadt’s Kollegienkirche (university church) is Austria’s best example of design by Baroque master-architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, and while continuing the Baroque theme, Kapitelplatz is a glorious square sprawled at the foot of Festung Hohensalzburg. It’s filled with quirky modern art, life-size chess games and market stalls and is one of Salzburg’s most popular meeting places.

All streets in the Old Town appear to lead into Mozartplatz, with its weather-beaten bronze of Salzburg’s favorite composer. A museum of his early life is found at the Mozart Geburtshaus (Mozart’s Birthplace) on Getreidegasse, which is the Aldstadt’s main thoroughfare, lined with exclusive designer stores and smart restaurants, many with their original wrought-iron signs still hanging outside. 

For a sneaky preview of the rooftops, spires and domes of the Aldstadt, take the funicular up the bluff cliffside to the sparkling white Festung Hohensalzburg (Salzburg Fortress) – and while you’re up there admiring the view don’t miss the brilliant Museum of Modern Art.

Practical Info

All of Salzburg’s Old Town sights are accessible on foot. All churches and museums are open daily; free admission is granted with the Salzburg Card.

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Hellbrunn Palace Visit And Old Town River Cruise in Salzburg, Salzburg, null
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Hellbrunn Palace Visit And Old Town River Cruise in Salzburg

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Join this 2.5-hour tour and enjoy seeing the scenery of Salzburg Old Town from the water as well as a visit to the baroque Hellbrunn Palace where you will have ...  Read more

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.49
Private Day Trip to Salzburg from Vienna, Vienna, Sightseeing Packages
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Private Day Trip to Salzburg from Vienna

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Take advantage of your stay in Vienna and visit Salzburg. Explore the Austrian lake region, visit the locations from "The Sound of Music" and ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,177.46
Salzburg Sightseeing City Cruise on Salzach River, Salzburg, Day Trips
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Salzburg Sightseeing City Cruise on Salzach River

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Join this 40-minute sightseeing cruise on Salzach river starting in Salzburg Old Town. Experience the best side of Salzburg from the water with this tour and ...  Read more

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $17.84
Salzburg Small-Group Day Tour from Munich, Munich, Day Cruises
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Salzburg Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

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Take a day trip to the home town of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on a guided full-day rail tour from Munich to Salzburg. Considered one of the jewels in the crown ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.90
Salzburg and Lake Region Small-Group Day-Trip from Vienna, Vienna, Rail Tours
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Salzburg and Lake Region Small-Group Day-Trip from Vienna

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Travel in an intimate group of no more than 8 people on this day trip from Vienna to Salzburg. Explore Austria’s stunning lake region of Salzkammergut, ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Dinner and Mozart at Salzburg Fortress with River Cruise, Salzburg, Day Trips
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Dinner and Mozart at Salzburg Fortress with River Cruise

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Combine a Dinner & Best of Mozart Fortress Concert with a popular boat trip on the Salzach and discover Salzburg and its surroundings from its most ...  Read more

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Original Sound of Music and Historical Walking Tour Combo, Salzburg, Concerts & Special Events
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Original Sound of Music and Historical Walking Tour Combo

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This Salzburg Combo combines two popular tours into one memorable day, offering you great value for money. Start the day with a historical walking tour through ...  Read more

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Panoramic Salzburg City Tour plus Austrian Lakes and Mountains Sightseeing Tour, Salzburg, Movie & ... 
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Panoramic Salzburg City Tour plus Austrian Lakes and Mountains Sightseeing Tour

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This afternoon tour starts with a panoramic tour of Salzburg which will provide you with an opportunity to see as many historical and cultural highlights as ...  Read more

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.98
Private Tour: Salzburg City Highlights Tour, Salzburg, Half-day Tours
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Private Tour: Salzburg City Highlights Tour

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See the best of Salzburg on this private 2-hour morning or afternoon sightseeing tour. The birthplace of Mozart, setting for ‘The Sound of Music,’ and home of ...  Read more

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.73
Panoramic Salzburg City Tour with Coffee and Cake, Salzburg, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Panoramic Salzburg City Tour with Coffee and Cake

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Discover UNESCO–listed treasures in the Austrian city of Salzburg on this 1-hour city tour by bus with coffee and cake after the tour. Follow a guide from ...  Read more

Location: Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.25

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