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.

How do Free Walking Tours work?

The Free Tour concept was not invented by us. They were invented as a part of rising interest in shared economies and alternative ways of life and travel that resonate with us. The way Free Walking Tours works is that you partake in a tour that doesn’t have a fixed price and no payment upfront. The participants decide at the end of the tour how much they would like to pay for the experience.

Tour Details

To maintain a personal and enjoyable experience for all, we limit our tour groups to a maximum of 25 individuals. Therefore, bookings are required. In case you can’t make it for some reason, please cancel in order to release the spot for someone else.

Reviews of the Free Walking Tour

Free Walking Tour Salzburg
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Lada Rabonova
Lada Rabonova
08:25 22 Nov 21
Superb tour! Enthusiastic guide Leo showed us hidden gems of Salzburg, told interesting stories and... provided qualified answers. I will never see the city with the same eyes again. Thank you! Recommended.read more
Suvradip Chakraborty
Suvradip Chakraborty
21:53 20 Nov 21
It was a great walking tour. The guide, Leo was explaining the histories of the places in a fun and... in a very interesting way with full of passion. I would highly recommend the walking tour to anyone who visits Salzburg.read more
Jenn Z
Jenn Z
00:26 14 Nov 21
This was by far the best walking tour we took in two weeks across Austria and Germany. Our guide... was waiting with a small group at a local landmark, Spirit of Mozart aka Schwarzstraße 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. And over an easy 90 mins guided us through the beautiful and historically rich streets of Salzburg. Leo was fun, engaging and deeply knowledgeable about the history, culture and made outdoor learning on a chilly drizzly morning the highlight of the day! At the end of the tour, he gave out a little map and postcard so that we can find our way around and write home with the lovely adventures. Of course, i got to say, the concept of a free walking tour is that it is tip based. This encourages most of us have a freely ranging knowledge share but also, for those of us able to, definitely give what you would've paid for a standard guided tour... or more because the work is excellent. After the tour, Leo stayed behind for quite some time to give curated advice for what to do or see next.Since it is all outdoors, i felt covid safe throughout the trip. You can wear your mask as you feel comfortable to do so. And i would say, the bunker is the only semi-covered indoor spot we ever paused in.read more
An Nijsen
An Nijsen
18:25 24 Oct 21
I love to do these walking tours and have done many in different cities. This one was also a really... good one, enthusiastic guide and complete compact view of Salzburg. I highly recommend! Thanks!read more
Carol Lyman
Carol Lyman
20:00 11 Oct 21
Leo was our tour guide for the free walking tour. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We... learned so much and loved the historical background he shared. We also loved the stories behind the history. It was a great starting point to navigating the city. Thank you Leo!read more
Maria Isabel Carrasquero
Maria Isabel Carrasquero
13:26 11 Oct 21
This tour was amazing and our tour guide, Leo, was extremely friendly and knowledgeable!! Leo made... the experience very enjoyable and remarkable, as the tour was very interactive, was filled with interesting historical facts, and even pictures to accompany the storytelling!! He also gave great recommendations on what to eat, where to go, etc. This was by far the best walking tour we've been on and we would definitely recommend!!read more
Rohan Tondon
Rohan Tondon
10:10 10 Oct 21
Great tour by Leo, he is full of knowledge and very friendly. He even gave us free chocolates and... postcards towards the end which was a nice touch. I've done a lot of walking tours around Europe and this one definitely stood out. Highly recommend!read more
Cristina Fernández
Cristina Fernández
21:54 20 Sep 21
I took the tour with Leo, who made the group have a pleasant time. I have taken many tours and I... can tell he is a professional. He tried to make the tour interactive by making questions and giving treats. The length of the tour was adequate and we all left knowing something new. I felt that I needed some more information about the fire that took place in Salzburg but I might have a weird curiosity. At the end of the tour, I knew things like where to eat or have a drink, which always comes in handy. I recommend the tour to future travelers.read more
Jean Brodie
Jean Brodie
15:38 20 Sep 21
I have participated in walking tour in several cities. This was one of the best! Leo was... incredibly knowledgeable, told history as human stories rising above the dates, names, facts. Always projected his voice so all 25 in group could hear, and all participants saw the pictures he brought along to add to the story. Meeting up was easy with all the info needed after signing up for our tour.read more
Berenice Alvarado
Berenice Alvarado
16:46 18 Sep 21
John (Leo) was the best! Really nice tour with a bit of everything: history, legends and funny... stories. 2 hrs past by in a blink! Greetings from Mexico and Guatemala!! You cannot miss this experience which such a lovely guideread more
Nina Mayorek
Nina Mayorek
05:17 15 Sep 21
It was a very pleasant afternoon tour. Leo is a young man who studied hard to be a licensed guide... and is rightly proud of it. He explained us (quite a big bunch of people from different countries and of different ages) the organization of the city it is development. The tour provides an excellent frame to deeper and to go inside different sites (both virtual and real) to learn and to see more.read more
Radjen Chotoe
Radjen Chotoe
00:09 02 Sep 21
Despite the heavy raining in the day, the tour continued. Gerhard the tour guide was thoughtful... and brought umbrellas for his clients. I forgot to return mine (apologies). Gerhard was very enthusiastic and informative about the old city. I would recommend this tour.read more
Veerle D
Veerle D
09:52 26 Aug 21
This tour offered a great introduction to Salzburg. I have done many free tours all over the world... but this tour was really unique. You can feel that Gerhard puts his heart and soul in the tour itself and adds a personal touch to it with emails, the awesome city map he created himself and the card you receive at the end of the tour. The recommendations on the map are great. With retrospect, I regretted not have tipped more.read more
Rebecca Mini
Rebecca Mini
07:30 24 Aug 21
Gerard is an excellent guide of Salzburg. The walking tour is just the right experience when you... arrive in the city: it is a 1,5h walk through the main locations and it is very insightful. You can get good advice for attractions, museums and food.read more
Hitanshu Vyas
Hitanshu Vyas
00:11 22 Aug 21
Great Tour ! You cant go wrong with Gerhard. He knows Salzburg, very responsive and I would highly... recommend this tour if you visit Salzburg. A must do.read more
Sara Yasmin Breitenbach
Sara Yasmin Breitenbach
11:55 21 Aug 21
These guys are super nice, full of interesting facts and recommendations and give a thorough a... comprehensive tour of Salzburg. They also have these awesome little maps which are SUPER useful for navigating around afterwards, with recommendations for day trips. Tip generously, these guys are great.read more
Michael Wexler
Michael Wexler
18:09 27 Jul 21
It is better to visit the local tourist office, get a map and information, travel without guidance.... In the free tour we took, we received no information beyond what we knew from tour guides and online reading materials. In other countries, this model is much betterread more
Alex Moldovan
Alex Moldovan
17:53 26 Jul 21
Very good insights and recommendations in a 90 minutes tour of the old town
Jeroen Brons
Jeroen Brons
12:47 25 Jul 21
Excellent tour from Gerhard Reus! Great information, very good storyteller and very useful extra... tips. The city came to life with Gerhard!The hike you recommended was brilliant. 7 hours with a 1400 m climb, almost knocked us out but the views were stunning and totally worth it!read more
Bruno Maia
Bruno Maia
16:20 24 Jul 21
Very informative and very nice guide. It was a great idea to take this tour.
Dayhana Tenorio
Dayhana Tenorio
08:30 21 Jun 21
I did the walking tour with Gerhard. Normally the walking tours talk about the history of the city... 100% but with Gerhard in addition to the history you can know prices of other tours, where to go after the tour, which is worth paying, etc. It shows that he loves what he does and tells you every detail that he will make you never forget the city. I recommend it 100%. Thank you very much Gerhard for giving us the best tour in Salzburg. Greetings from Chile.read more
Matt Edmonds
Matt Edmonds
15:20 16 Sep 20
Really interesting tour around stunning Salzburg with Gerhard guiding us through all the major... historical sights whilst keeping in touch with some more recent happenings around the city. Highly recommended and this is certainly in my top 3 walking tours (out of hundreds!)read more
Myles Bohon
Myles Bohon
13:11 15 Sep 20
Gerhard was a great tour guide! The tour was informative and interesting, I would definitely... recommend to anyone visiting the cityread more
Eszter Nagy
Eszter Nagy
10:04 03 Sep 20
I really enjoyed the tour with Gerhard! Even though it was raining, we had such a great time and he... told us a lot of interesting things about Salzburg :) apart from being knowledgeable, he's also very nice and funny, it was a pleasure walking with him through the city! i highly recommend his tour to anyone, regardless of the actual weather:))read more
Milena Karanikolova
Milena Karanikolova
14:34 24 Aug 20
It was a great way to explore the curiosities of Salzburg. It was cheerful, engaging and... informative. I am a big fan of Free tours around Europe and I will definitely recommend this tour.read more
Maheen Ahmed
Maheen Ahmed
13:08 23 Aug 20
Excellent tour. Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Extremely helpful and friendly. Would highly... recommendread more
Mohammed Hassan
Mohammed Hassan
10:15 09 Aug 20
Gerhard is an excellent guide. The tour is very informative & funny. It's highly recommended to do... the tour specially at the beginning of your stay in Salzburg to get to know the story of the city. We enjoyed the tour.read more
Robin Baars
Robin Baars
09:31 31 Jul 20
Best possible way to spent your time when visiting Salzburg. Gerhard is a very nice and... knowledgable guide. He speaks with joy and passion and has an answer to every question.Furthermore, he even made a little map of all the best spots to visit in Salzburg. Thank you Gerhard!read more
Zane de Ponte
Zane de Ponte
14:07 23 Jul 20
Gerhard is a kind and well-informed tour guide who took us to some of the highlights Salzburg has... to offer. I appreciated his honestly as well. At times he would indicate which museums or venues were worth our time (and when it might be smarter to skip). Nice tour!read more
Wong Siaw Ling
Wong Siaw Ling
19:36 29 Dec 19
Very thoughtful and well-structured walking tour. Gerhard is enthusiastic in sharing what he knows... about Salzburg. Each of us even given a brochure with lots of information. I would highly recommend joining this tour already day one so that you have all the info you need to visit around Salzburg.read more
Gamze Çakılcı
Gamze Çakılcı
16:56 27 Dec 19
Very well organised free walking tour. Even we are given mini city map info as a brochure. Gerhard... was so kind and knowledgeable. Highly recommended to walk the city through a walking tour to feel its history betterread more
Katharine Kennedy
Katharine Kennedy
15:03 08 Oct 19
I thought the tour was informative and the tour leader very patient and friendly. He used photo... props so people could better understand the differences between the past and the future Salzburg. The tour covered a range of information about the history of Salzburg, some interesting facts about the city, why Mozart is important as well as some spots from The Sound of Music film.read more
Brenda Rodríguez-Pagán
Brenda Rodríguez-Pagán
11:20 04 Oct 19
Great tour in a beautiful place! This tour was pretty complete and the tour guide was a great one.... He can speak a few languages; the tour was in english and we spoke Spanish with him all the time. We saw the most important attractions of the city, and a few other more. Also, he offer suggestions about places to eat, to buy souvenirs and of course, about the best attractions to visit. We definitely recommend this tour!!!!!read more
Neil Locker
Neil Locker
18:04 25 Sep 19
Gerhard is a superb guide.Do yourself a favour and book in as you will learn so much.Gerhard is... passionate about Salzburg and has really researched his city and has so much knowledge to pass on. He is a really nice guy and very professional at looking after his group.Don’t be a Scrooge and give him at least 10 Euro. Heis worth it! The map he gives out is worth 10 Euro alone and has so many excellent tips. We tried out the two coffee shops and both had Melbourne standard coffee!Thanks GerhardNeil and Kimread more
19:17 20 Sep 19
Great walking tour. Super informative. Very funny! Easy walk that covers all the main sites in... about 2 hrs. Good way to start your visit to Salzburg to get your bearings. Also a lot of references to Sound of Musicread more
19:25 16 Sep 19
Free Walking Tour With Gerhard .. What a great way to spend the Morning.Gerhard is excellent, very... easygoing and knows his stuff totally enjoyed our tour today with Gerhard & would recommend 100% you’ll love it. Thanks see you next time from Peter & Kerry ( Aussies )read more
Ashok Kishore
Ashok Kishore
08:34 05 Aug 19
Gerhard is a very knowledgeable guide. I also thoroughly recommend reading the sightseeing... suggestions on his website, which helped me a lot during my 2.5 days in Salzburg.This picture taken during my morning run along the Salzach river. Gerhard can tell us what it is - I did not visit.read more
Bahr Khalil
Bahr Khalil
08:14 02 May 19
This walking tour really made Salzburg special. We got a lot of insider knowledge and... recommendations on what to do. Thank you! :-)read more
Sarang Dev
Sarang Dev
13:32 27 Apr 19
Had a great time being shown around Salzburg by Gerhard. It was my first time in Salzburg and I... really feel as if I didn't miss anything.What was even more interesting was that were these undiscovered view points of the city that he showed me around which were absolutely beautiful! Really friendly and knowledgeable guy. I'd highly recommend!read more
HaYoung Lee
HaYoung Lee
12:24 27 Apr 19
I have been Salzburg several times but without this tour, I have not been able to discover many... places that I missed last years. It is always better to have someone who knows the place and can tell you about it. Thank you and I highly recommend others this tour.read more
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Roope Kiuttu - Internet Marketing Coach
10:29 26 Apr 19
The best tour guide I've ever met! Very friendly and knowledgeable. I can fully recommend!
Natasha Watson
Natasha Watson
21:02 25 Apr 19
Tanya, our guide, was wonderful. She gave us an introduction, and I mentioned specific items of... interest that we were hoping to see, and she accomodated! At her usual stopping point, she offered to show us a few more sights if we were interested and we followed her!!! My teenagers were eager to continue the walk and learn more about this amazing city. Tanya, was warm, and enthusiastic and gave us excellent recommendations for one of the best meals we've had in Europe! Thanks again!!!!read more
Ok J
Ok J
19:37 13 Apr 19
Excellent Tour. What a great guide! Highly recommended. He showed us places that we would not have... seen otherwise and made us aware of little details.read more
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Ana Goma
Ana Goma
This has been one of the best tours I have taken, Leo makes it really entertaining and has amazing... recommendations.read more
Hyunok Jang
Hyunok Jang
Great Free Tour of Salzburg. Do this first thing when you arrive in Salzburg to get an overview and... ideas of the things to see and do in Salzburg! Gerhard also provides a printed map and a beautiful postcard. Thank you!read more
Kirsten Sewell
Kirsten Sewell
Excellent from start to finish. Gerhard is very friendly, able to provide useful insights into... local history and provided a great guide to take away. Would definitely recommend!read more
Kerry Molden
Kerry Molden
Gherard is Fantastic . Took the tour this morning , very informative Fella & knows his stuff , had... great weather too. Thank you Gherard,read more
Molly Hill
Molly Hill
My husband and I recently hopped on this free tour in Salzburg. It was very nice, good information... about the city and a nice walk through Old Town. Our guide had a binder of historic photos to share, which I thought was a nice touch. Thank you for a great introduction to a beautiful city!read more
Igor Gasparic
Igor Gasparic
Do you wanna know the true Salzburg? Then you must walk this tour and go home with some amazing... knowlage about this city. I had the most amazing tour! 😊👏🏰🎩read more
Alex Nissen
Alex Nissen
The free walking tour with Gerhard was fantastic. Very informative with a great mix of history,... humour, recommendations on cafes and things to do. Gerhard is a great guide and easy to get along with. One of the best guides we have had in Europe!read more
Sam Ayres
Sam Ayres
Would highly recommend, you’ll have a great time!
Baz de Vimto
Baz de Vimto
Great tour with Gerhard and insight into the glorious history of Salzburg.
Roope Kiuttu
Roope Kiuttu
Gerhard is literally the BEST guide in Salzburg. He knows the city so well and his way of telling... stories is amazing.read more
Philipp Obermair
Philipp Obermair
truly amazing. salzburg at a glance...
Wu Ga
Wu Ga
Amazing experience with Gerhard! 😍
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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 a 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 Spirit of Mozart artwork by Marina Abramovic as a part of the Salzburg foundations modern art

The Sights we discover

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 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?

What’s included in the Free Walking Tour?

Sunset Postcard by Free Walking Tour Salzburg
  • 10 + 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

Free Walking Tour Schedule

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

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, a free postcard, and get some personal recommendations.

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Because we guarantee a personal experience and we like to get to know our guests, tours are limited to 25 participants. Therefore, reservations are required. You find all upcoming tours in the calendar above. Click on the date to reserve your spots!

Also, the Free Walking Tour is for individual travelers. Groups of nine or more, therefore, have to request a private tour instead.

Frequently Asked Question

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions of the Free Tour in 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.

Questions About Us

There is no fixed price on our Free Tour in Salzburg. Instead, at the end of the tour, you are welcome to pay what you can and what you feel like. You have no obligation to give a certain amount but if the tour satisfied you and you can afford it we are grateful for your support. Consider the tip a way to say thank you to your guide.

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.

No, we did not invent this concept. There are free walking tours all over the world and in most European capitals. We adapted the concept, however, because it very much resonates with the way we guide and meet people and the way we travel. It aims at enabling individual travelers and backpackers.

The free walking tour is only available in English. Private Tours are paid and available in German, Spanish, and French as well. If you want a tour in Korean, Chinese, Arabic, Dutch, or whatever your native language is, we have a network of internationals to work with. In the latter case, you would be accompanied by a certified guide and a native speaker of your language.

Questions About Reservations

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.

We schedule the tour between 5 and 14 days in advance depending on the season and guide availability. If your desired time is still not on the schedule, please check again later. In case there is no tour on the desired date and time, you can also inquire about a private tour. Private tours have a fixed price but they are exclusive and excellent.

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.

Questions About The Tour

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.

The Free Walking Tour is wheelchair accessible. We don’t need to know in advance if there is someone in a wheelchair participating. If there is someone in a wheelchair, we will skip non-barrier-free areas and include other sights instead.

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.

Do you Still have Questions?

If you still have questions, please contact us via any of the options on the contact page.