Salzburg audio tour: A Taste of Salzburg: Highlights from Mirabell Gardens to Mozart's Birthplace

A Taste of Salzburg: Highlights from Mirabell Gardens to Mozart's Birthplace

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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2mi

About the Tour

Salzburg is a UNESCO world heritage site and it was named Lonely Planet's number one city to visit in 2020. I’ll show you why on a stroll through this fairy-tale city nestled in the mountains, split in two by the river, and dominated by the Hohensalzburg Fortress. It’ll only take an hour or so, but while we discover the nooks and crannies in the old town, you’ll get an overview full of the insights and anecdotes I’ve collected since I moved here in 2007.

The tour starts at the Mirabell Gardens and finishes at Mozart's birthplace, and there’s a mix of history and culture along the way, along with a smattering of British humour.

The highlights include:

• See the birds at the Papagena Fountain
• Smell the fresh bread at St Peter's, Salzburg's oldest bakery -
• Lose yourself in narrow streets like the Brodgasse and Goldgasse
• Go back in time along the Steingasse
• Get the best selfie with Salzburg's Hohensalzburg Fortress
• Wonder at the eggs in the Easter and Christmas shops
• Discover Salzburg’s link to the carol Silent Night
• Smell the sizzling sausages at the Green Market
• See the Cathedral where Mozart was baptised and played the organ
• Hear about the American soldiers that crashed a tank here during WWII
• Listen to the Salzburg Bull, a 16th century organ
• Hear the Glockenspiel in Residence Square
• Buy yourself some Lederhosen or a dirndl on the Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s main shopping street
• Let the home of Red Bull give you wings at its shop

This tour is the perfect introduction, no matter how short or long your visit to Salzburg. Let’s follow the music together and find the best that this charming city has to offer.

Tour Producer

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Trudy Rollo

I'm British but left the UK in 1988. I fell in love with Austria when I came here in 2003 and have since made it my home. I grew up in Norfolk, but went to Scotland lots to visit my Dad's side of the family. I moved to Salzburg in 2007 and having worked in tourism for many years, I became a licensed Austria Guide in 2010. I always said I wanted to live in the hills and now the hills really are alive!

Major Landmarks

  • Mirabell Gardens

  • Mozart’s birthplace and residence

  • the cathedral

  • St Peter’s

  • Trinity and Collegiate churches

  • the river Salzach

  • the Getreidegasse (main street)

  • Residence Square

  • Mozart Square

  • the old and new Residences of the Prince-Archbishops

  • the Mozarteum

  • the fortress Hohensalzburg

Directions to Starting Point

In front of the Mirabell Palace in Mirabell Square - opposite the St Andrews church, which has a car park around and underneath it. Many buses stop here or very close by - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 21, 25.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

My favourite Strudel can be found at Cafe Würfelzucker. I enjoy lunch at Zirkelwirt. I love the cakes at Cafe Fingerlos. The Green Market for pretzels or fish specialities and a glass of bubbly or typical sausages and a beer. The Stiegl and the Augustiner beer halls with summer gardens.

Best time of day

Try to do the tour as soon after you arrive as possible as there are lots of tips of things to do and it will help you make the most of the city. St Peter's cemetery and the Mirabell Gardens are closed in the evening.
The city will be busier between 11am - 5pm. The green market is on Mon - Sat. Shops are closed on Sundays and public holidays. In winter some landmarks are covered to protect them from the bad weather and the Mirabell Gardens are restricted. My favourite time is early morning so you are finished in time for morning coffee and strudel!

Precautions

Please beware of cyclists and cycle trails. The cyclists have a law unto themselves and take no prisoners! Be aware too of taxis, horse and carriages and segways even though you are in a pedestrian zone. Although I consider Salzburg a very safe city - I could walk home at midnight by myself without thinking about it, I always suggest to zip up bags and make sure wallets are in a zipped up pocket.

Comments

Trudy truly makes the hills of Salzburg come alive in these new Voicemap audio guides! It's so wonderful that Trudy covers all of the "do not miss" sites in this magical city as well as some secret hidden spots too! Highly recommend if you are lucky enough to visit this fairytale city! Trudy's vast knowledge of Salzburg and everything Sound of Music is obvious in these audio guides. Trudy's fun sense of humor is also a bonus. Plus, she sings too!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 5 months ago

I've not yet been to Salzburg but now I'm keener than ever to get there. Trudys calm voice and clear instructions are going to make it so easy to move about the city and really understand what I'm looking at. Absolutely brilliant.

Posted by ginny , 5 months ago

I listened at home , have been to Salzburg a few times .. this brought back fantastic memories can’t wait to follow this for real. Fantastic information and voice

Posted by Mel Tosh , 5 months ago
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A Taste of Salzburg: Highlights from Mirabell Gardens to Mozart's Birthplace