When you think of Austria, it’s easy to imagine its snowy Alps and the “Sound of Music”. If you find yourself humming
“do-re-mi”, it may be time to book one of the exciting guided tours of this lovely and historic area. It may well be a
trip to remember.
Start your tour in Innsbruck, the home of two winter Olympics. Most guided tours will take you to some of the historic
Olympic venues and you may wish to pick up some souvenirs while you’re there.
Nearby is the beautiful and historic city of Salzburg. Much of its architecture has been preserved over the centuries and
there are many sites to see. Many of the guided tours of this area will show you the birthplace of Mozart, one of the most
famous composers of all time.
While in Salzburg, there are some guided tours that will take you to all of the places from the movie, “The Sound of Music”,
including the Salzburg Cathedral, where the main characters were married and the Nonnberg Abbey. Dominating the skyline of
Salzburg is the Hohensalzburg Fortress, a large, white fortress high on a hill above the city. At the right time of year,
the Mirabell Palace has a fantastic garden showplace that visitors can stroll around.
If you are interested in seeing the Alps themselves, go on one of the guided tours of the area that take you slightly
outside of Austria proper, up into the magnificent mountains and to an infamous place called Berchtesgaden. This place is
now a small, quaint town that is also the home to the historic Eagle’s Nest.
Excellent guided tours of this area will tell you that the Eagle’s Nest was Hitler’s retreat in the years before and during
World War II. They will put you into small buses for a hair-raising, scissor-back trip up the mountain until you find
yourself winding your way to the top of the mountain. The view itself is breathtaking.