Free Walking Tour Salzburg

  • Salzburg
  • English
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  • German
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  • Korean

1.5 Hours

With the Free Walking Tour, we coordinate introductions to Salzburg intended for you and other travelers who are also independent, and eager to not only learn about Salzburg from historic and cultural perspectives but from a local perspective.

Like most places in the old town, the Free Walking Tour’s meeting point is within walking distance from everywhere in the old town. That’s because Salzburg is small. In 1,5 hours we cover the must-see sights but we also love to answer questions, recommend places to eat, and offer ideas of things to see and do.

Sights We Discover on the Free Walking Tour

We meet next to the Staatsbrücke bridge, a central location in the old town. After taking a look at Mozart’s residence and Mirabell Palace, we cross the river and enter Getreidegasse, the most famous street in Salzburg and the place where Mozart was born.

We cross University Square and the University, take a look at the Concert Hall, where we learn about the Salzburg Festival, visit the monastery of St. Peter, take a look at the Cathedral, admire the fortress from below and pass Residenzplatz square, before ending our walk in front of the statue of Mozart, where you will learn how the Mozart cult began.

The Free Walking Tour Meeting Point?

The meeting point for the Free Tour is an artwork by Marina Abramovic called the “Spirit of Mozart”. It consists of 15-meter-high metal chair facing eight normal-sized chairs next to Staatsbrücke, the main bridge. Sometimes guests assume that the tour’s focus is Mozart. It’s not. Mozart is one of the topics, but the “Spirit of Mozart” is the meeting point.

At times we were also asked to change the meeting point. The chairs are hard to find, not because they are hidden, but because they are not obvious. You also can’t sit on them because they are often full of pigeon droppings, and sometimes it’s noisy. But we love this place. Next to Salzburg’s main bridge, it feels like the lifeline of the city.

The Free Tour covers the following Topics

  • Why are there so many Churches in Salzburg?
  • Why was Mozart not Austrian?
  • Why have most German speakers never heard about the Trapp Family?
  • What happened in Salzburg during the Second World War?
  • What’s the Salzburg Festival about and does it matter to you?
  • Where was Salzburg founded and why?
  • Why are there pickles next to a statue of Friedrich Schiller?

More Information

  • Duration

1.5 hours

  • Language
  • English
  • |
  • German
  • |
  • Korean
  • Included
  • 15 Must-See Sights of Salzburg
  • 25 > Wonderful People like Yourself
  • 1 x City Map with Things to See, Do and Eat after the Tour
  • Unlimited Postcards with our own Photography
  • 1 x Licensed Local Austria Guide
  • When to book?

We schedule tours in the first week of the previous month based on season and guide availability. If your preferred time isn’t available, check back later or inquire about a private tour.

  • Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible, no pre-notice needed.

  • Pets

Pets allowed

Payment: Your Choice

We often experienced kindness on our journey and want to participate in that way. We want to enable everyone to get to know our city regardless of their budget.

How do Free Walking Tours work? You partake in a tour that doesn’t have a fixed price and no payment upfront. At the end of the tour, you decide how much to pay based on your satisfaction and your budget.

Tips are appreciated and a way to thank your guide, but there is no obligation to pay a certain amount. Consider the tip a way to say thank you to your guide. Free Walking Tours are a part of the shared economy and alternative ways of travel. The concept was not invented by us but resonates with us.

Reviews of the Free Walking Tour

Important: Before You Book

Book your Free Walking Tour by clicking your desired date in the calendar below!

  • Reservation

Because we guarantee a personal experience and we like to get to know our guests, free tours are limited to 25 participants. Therefore, reservations are required. You find upcoming tours in the calendar below.

  • Cancellation

In case you can’t participate, please cancel your booking as soon as possible by clicking the cancellation link in your booking confirmation to release your spots for other travelers.

  • Fully Booked

In the event that the tours are fully booked, you are still welcome to show up at the meeting point. We cannot guarantee a spot in that case, but we will do our best to accommodate you, and you can at least grab a printed city map, and a free postcard, and get some personal recommendations.

Free Walking Tour Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions of the Free Walking Tour Salzburg. You can use this page to inform yourself. If you have a question that is not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • We are the first and only free walking tour in Salzburg. Our tours on foot provide a historic, cultural, and local overview of the city. It’s our way to welcome you, connect to you, and share information with open-minded travelers from all over the world. This project grew out of the love for engaging with Salzburgs visitors and with fellow travelers.

  • To guarantee small groups and high quality, we have a limit of 20-25 participants. To book your spot, click here. If you would like to join last minute or if the tour is full you can contact us. In case you can’t take part in the tours you booked, please cancel as soon as possible to give other travelers the chance to join.

  • There can be 8 people in your group joining the free walking tour. If you are a group of 9 people or more, you need to book a private tour. That is because there are only 25 spots on the free tours and otherwise a private group could book the entire tour. Private tours have fixed prices, are flexible in time, and are more tailored to your wishes.

  • You are welcome to show up without a ticket or when tickets are sold out. We can, however, not guarantee a spot under these circumstances. You will be on a waiting list and we will do our best to get you a spot but we also try to stay within our limitations to provide the most pleasant experience for everyone.

  • In case you want to change or reschedule we ask you to do it as early as possible. The spots on the tour are limited to 25 persons. By canceling early you make your ticket available to someone else. The link to cancel your reservation can be found in the booking confirmation and you can also contact us to cancel your reservation.

  • Ask at the reception or search the address from your booking confirmation on Google Maps. Walking is the best mode of transport in Salzburg. Except for some hotels on the outskirts, everything in Salzburg is within walking distance. Google enabled offline maps so I recommend downloading the map of Salzburg and follow their lead.

  • Every tour starts on time so please try to be punctual. We leave the meeting point a few minutes after the starting time. In case you are late or you can’t find the meeting point, please inform us via the WhatsApp number provided in the booking confirmation before the tour starts. That way, we are able to share our live location with you and you will be able to track the group. In case you inform us after the start of the tour, our phones are on mute and we can’t be reached anymore.

  • We walk a kilometer and a half, which is a mile. The sights of Salzburg are close to each other with no more than 3 minutes walking from one to the other. There are no bumps on the streets of Salzburg and the walk is as easy as it could be.

  • That is not a problem. But please let your guide know so he or she doesn’t wait for you.

  • The tour ends at Mozart square in front of the Mozart statue and next to the tourist information of Salzburg. That’s right in the heart of the city and a perfect place for further explorations. Mozart square is about 5 minutes walking from the meeting point at the Spirit of Mozart.

  • There is no break scheduled during the tour because we are walking for less than two hours. In case of emergency, you can ask for a toilet anytime and we will find one for you. In summer you should bring water. If you forgot we will also find a solution. Tap water is drinkable and there are several drinking fountains in Salzburg. If you get a sudden hunger attack, there are lots of food places along the way.

  • We will walk with you under any circumstances as long as they are not dangerous. In fact, freezing temperatures and rain are typical for Salzburg and we will embrace it as special. Salzburgs rain even has a name. It’s called “string rain” because it’s raining small drops and can last for days. That is because of its geographic location. More about it on the tour.

  • We have no photo stops scheduled, but it doesn’t bother us if you take pictures while we walk and talk. In fact, we like to be photographed and shared on social media or wherever you share pictures. Please tag us and send us links or emails. We are happy to see and share your content. To protect the copyright that goes into the tours we do not allow video and audio recordings. Copyright protects the tours, same as other forms of art.  The stories we share were collected and crafted over time. They result from hard work, study, and research and you can show your appreciation by listening.