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Beautiful view of Salzburg skyline with Festung Hohensalzburg and Salzach River
Leopoldskron Castle
Beautiful view of famous Mirabell Gardens with historic Fortress Hohensalzburg in the background in Salzburg
New Town Hall at the northern part of Marienplatz in Munich
Neptune statue in the park of fountains in Hellbrunn Palace in Salzburg
The Fortress of Hohensalzburg, Salzburg Fortress
Hohensalzburg Fortress on hill with city buildings in foreground
Bronze statue of Pegasus in Mirabell Gardens
Aerial view of the historic city of Salzburg with Hohensalzburg Fortress in the background

Salzburg

September 16 – September 19, 2022

Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, Salzburg is an ideal blend of history and culture. Sprawling mountain views, ornate baroque architecture, and magnificent palaces await! Experience the city that's home to Mozart, an ancient fortress, and several Sound of Music sites. Discover Salzburg's churches, castles, and gardens; savor multi-course meals; and enjoy free time for relaxation and independent exploration. 

Itinerary

Day +1: En Route from U.S. 
Friday, September 16, 2022

Day +2: Arrive in Munich, Germany / Transfer to Salzburg, Austria
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Upon arrival in Munich, transfer with the group to Salzburg. Delight in a three-course lunch with your traveling companions at a classic restaurant in the heart of the city. At the conclusion of the meal, the group heads for a panoramic city tour to get to know the important highlights and landmarks. 

Take in 360-degree views of the city and its surroundings from Hohensalzburg Fortress, the biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe. This emblem of Salzburg has served as a fortification, military barracks, a prison, and temporary residence of the prince archbishops. Today visitors are welcomed inside its protective walls to experience the Royal Apartment, Fortress Museum, Rainier Regiment Museum, and the Marionette Museum. 

Salzburg's Old Town, one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps, is recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Narrow cobblestone streets blend into iconic squares populated with historic buildings spanning centuries. Discover Salzburg’s story through its Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque artistry and architecture. It is home to the bell tower of the Old City Hall, Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter's Abbey, and Residence Square—containing what is considered Salzburg's most beautiful fountain. 
Overnight: Hotel Goldener Hirsch (L)

Day +3: Salzburg
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Revel in the undeniable charm of this Austrian town today with additional exploration and tempting meals. 

See iconic Leopoldskron Castle and Mirabell Gardens, which were both featured in The Sound of Music. Maria and the seven Von Trapp children danced around Mirabell's Pegasus Fountain while singing the song “Do-Re-Mi.” Stroll beautiful winding paths, snap photos of the unique sculptures, and drink in the sights. Highlights of the Gardens include The Hedge Theater, Dwarf Garden, and Rose Garden. The Marble Hall is known as one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world. Don't miss the Angel Staircase inside the lavish baroque palace. 

Partake in an inspired menu showcasing local dishes for a three-course lunch. Afterwards, be enchanted and amused by Hellbrunn Palace and its trick fountains. This palace was created as a summer day residence for the Archbishop of Salzburg, who apparently had quite a sense of humor. Squeals of surprise and laughter erupt from guests at this playground of hidden water features. Encounter ingenious attractions, including a water organ that powers 200 figures. Hellbrunn pays unique homage to the art of the grotto. In earlier times, grottos were seen as the entrance to the underworld and dedicated to specific deities. The five grottos feature figures from Greek and Roman mythology, including Neptune and Venus.

This evening a special dinner is planned. Located in St. Peter’s square, in the heart of the Old Town, is the oldest restaurant in Europe. St. Peter Stiftskeller originated in the year 803. A documented visit by Charlemagne in 803 is its historical claim. Inside the walls of a Benedictine abbey, the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium has been a popular meeting place for princes and bishops, citizens and merchants. Its motto then, as it is now, “Come to Enjoy.” Fine hospitality, excellent cuisine, remarkable ambiance, and a stellar wine list (some 600 different bottles!) make this landmark a not-to-be-missed treat of history, gastronomy, and culture. More than a restaurant, the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium remains Salzburg's rendezvous of choice. 
Overnight: Hotel Goldener Hirsch (B,L,D) 

Day +4: Depart Salzburg / Main Program Begins
Monday, September 19, 2022
Enjoy the morning and lunch at leisure before transferring to Oberammergau. Perhaps stroll down Getreidegasse, Salzburg's most famous shopping street. Browse for mementos, photograph the eye-catching guild signs lining the street, and interact with locals. 

While savoring free time in Salzburg, don't miss the opportunity to treat your palate to traditional dishes, such as one of the many variations of schnitzel or the popular tafelspitz—once reserved only for the ruling class. For a savory dish, try a hearty meal of small dumplings coated with melted cheese and caramelized onions known as kasnocken. As Austrian cuisine takes pride in its pastry desserts, be sure to save room for a delicate strudel, warm vanilla-flavored dumplings dusted with powdered sugar and paired with fruit sauces (Salzburger nockerl). Or satisfy a chocolate craving with Sachertorte. Invented in Vienna in 1832 by a 16-year-old trainee chef named Franz Sacher, Sachertorte is comprised of a dense, rich chocolate sponge cake with a thin layer of sweet apricot jam layered in the middle, usually served with fine whipped cream.

After arriving in Oberammergau for the main program, join fellow travelers at the hotel for a welcome dinner. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner 

This pre-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Space is limited, so it's recommended to reserve early for best availability. 

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level

Activities are generally not very strenuous, however, we expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled surfaces, can walk up and down hillsides and stairs, and can board/disembark transportation without assistance. Historic city centers are usually more accessible by foot than vehicle. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled may be limited.

Accommodations

Hotel Goldener Hirsch

September 17 - September 18

Located in the famous Getreidegasse in Salzburg’s Old Town, Hotel Goldener Hirsch offers tradition and luxury from a historic building. 70 guest rooms and suites feature authentic, handpicked Salzburg-style décor, with original antiques and handmade furniture paying tribute to 600 years of history. The rustic-chic approach extends to the en-suite bathrooms where colorful marble and vintage-style fixtures meet walk-in rainfall showers and indulgent signature products. Latest technology is seamlessly integrated, reimagining this captivating property for modern travelers. 

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, flat-screen TV, high-speed internet access, phone, safe, minibar, bathrobes, slippers, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Hotel Goldener Hirsch standard guest room
Hotel Goldener Hirsch exterior
Hotel Goldener Hirsch entrance
Hotel Goldener Hirsch outdoor patio dining under umbrellas
(Accommodations subject to change.)

Pre-Tour Rate**

Double: $1,595
Single: $1,995

Pre-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.

What's Included

  • Group coach transportation from Munich to Salzburg
  • 2 nights accommodation at Hotel Goldener Hirsch (or similar)
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Touring by an English-speaking, local guide
  • All activities listed in itinerary, including entrance fees
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers, porters, and wait staff for included meals
  • Group transfer from Salzburg to Oberammergau