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Top 5 things to do in Salzburg

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AdventureAustria is an independent English owned travel and events agency based in the Tyrolean town of Lienz in south Austria.

We’ve put together the following travel guides to help visitors get the most out of their holiday in Austria. Whether you are planning only to stay in Lienz or planning to venture on to other parts of Austria, you’ll be sure to find some useful information here.

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If you want to experience something different in Salzburg, then you’ll find a small selection of things to do here…
Feel like an Ice Princess in the World of Ice in Werfen… experience a romantic boat trip on the Königsee…. or enjoy the panorama of Gaisberg overlooking the city of Salzburg.  

Adventurers should check out the Liechtensteinklamm and people who like a bit of fun, should join a panoramic tour taking in the impressive scenes of the Von Trapp family.

The top 5 things to do in Salzburg

1. The Ice Caves in Werfen

2. Königsee boat trip

3. Gaisberg & Gaisbergstraße

4. Liechtensteinklamm

5. Sound of Music Tour

1. Werfen Ice Caves

In Salzburg you can find one of the largest ice caves in the world. Visitors can experience the mountains in a truly different way.  Unique ice palaces of crystal clear beauty await you – even on hot summer days. Even from a distance, the huge cave entrance is easily recognisable.

The entire cave system extends over a length of about 42 km.  The first 1 km features impressive gigantic ice formations.  This part is the public area accessible by means of a guide.  Inside the cave, even during the summer months, average temperatures of about 0 ° C can be expected.

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2. Königssee boat trip

Deeply embedded between steep rock walls of the Alpine National Park of Berchtesgaden, lies the 8 km long crystal clear Koenigssee Lake.  

The sublime calm that radiates from the Koenigssee attracts every type of visitor.  On board on one of the pretty electric passenger ships, visitors can be astounded by the views surrounding them.  The boat ride to the peninsula of St. Bartholomew takes you past the world famous Koenigssee Echo and takes about 35 minutes.  In St. Bartholomew visitors can go walking along the shore and take a visit to the historic Sanctuary.  The subsequent reward for the journey can be found in the shady beer garden of a nearby restaurant.  From the end station of Salet visitors are about a 10 minute walk to a further rewarding glorious sight: in deep silence at the end of the valley of the lake in an area known as Hagengebirge, lies the Röthbach waterfall crashing down into crystal clear water from an altitude of 400 meters.

3. Gaisberg & Gaisbergstraße

A number of restaurants and hotels invite you to stop, take a break and enjoy yourself here. Those who want to can take a bus directly from Mirabell Square to the Gaisberg with the ‘Gaisberg’-bus. Once there, guests will experience a marvellous panoramic view over the city of Salzburg along with views up into the Salzburg Lakeland and neighbouring Bavaria and in the south of the Göll massif and the Tennen Mountains.

In winter, this presents a real winter experience with trails and hiking paths, many of which are prepared. On the circular tracks athletes of all levels can equally enjoy the view of the city and the surrounding mountains.

4. Liechtensteinklamm

You will be fascinated by the legendary, world-famous Canyon in St. Johann.  The numerous waterfalls and raging torrents of water have over millions of years, cut into the calcareous shale gorge.  The rocks are now in places so narrow and high, that the sky is often seen only as a small strip.  As early as 1875 this natural wonder fascinated the people so much and thanks to a donation by the Prince of Liechtenstein, it was made accessible to the general public with the building of wooden bridges and footpaths.  Meanwhile, more than 10 million people around the world have visited and admired the Liechtenstein Gorge in St. Johann.

Salzburg panorama tours

Surely one of the top 5 things to do in Salzburg must be a Salzburg bus tour?  If you want to enjoy a panoramic tour of Salzburg, the choices are numerous.

Half-day trips can include the Salzkammergut, the Ice Caves or a trip to Berchtesgaden.  Another highlight, especially for English speaking guests, is the ‘Sound of Music’ tour.

5. The Sound of Music tour

In 1965, it was one of the most successful productions in film history, with Julie Andrews in the lead role. This was followed by 10 Oscar nominations and a global fan base spanning from the USA to Japan. The stage musical ‘The Sound of Music’ was performed on Broadway almost 1,500 times.  Guests from all over the world use their visit to Salzburg as an opportunity to visit the locations of the film.  In the footsteps of ‘Sound of Music’, visitors can still indulge in the atmosphere of the film and visit the following original movie locations in a 4-hour tour.  The locations includes:


  • Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus Fountain (dance scene of Mary and the children)

  • Leopoldskron Castle (in the movie, this was the residence of the family)

  • Hellbrunn Castle (singing scenes)

  • Nonnberg (young Maria)

  • St. Gilgen / Wolfgangsee (opening scene in the movie)

  • Mondsee Basilica (wedding scene)

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