Sound of Music, St. Gilgen and Hallstatt Accessible Driving Tour

This full day Sound of Music, St. Gilgen and Hallstatt Accessible Driving Tour will easily be one of the highlights of your accessible European holiday! This wheelchair friendly tour combines visits to the charming villages of Hallstatt and St. Gilgen, with a memorable time exploring the best Sound of Music sites. 

Your day will begin early, with your friendly, English speaking private driver/guide picking you at your accessible Salzburg hotel for a beautiful scenic drive to Hallstatt. Arriving early in Hallstatt means you’ll avoid the big afternoon crowds, and be able maneuver around more freely in the town center.  Hallstatt is a UNESCO World Heritage mountain town with a 700 years of salt mining tradition, fascinating history about Catholics and Protestants, beautiful charming Swiss architecture and picturesque nature views. In Hallstatt you’ll have some free time to do some souvenir shopping, snap some beautiful photos and eat an early lunch if you desire.

Next, on this full day accessible guided tour is a stop in St. Gilgen, located in the so called “Outer Salzkammergut”. St. Gilgen is located only about 27 miles from Salzburg and many visitors, including disabled travelers, enjoys spending time here. This charming mountain town is known for its breathtaking scenery, the historic town center and access to the beautiful Lake Wolfgangsee. Have your camera ready for some memorable vacation photos as you get to experience this gem firsthand!

The final part of your day will be spent in the Sound of Music spirt. See the famous Mirabell Palace – a fascinating UNESCO Heritage Site. This spectacular palace was built around 1606 on the shore of the Salzach River, North of the medieval walls. Several scenes from the Sound of Music movie were filmed here, including the scene where Maria and the children sing “DO-RE-MI” while dancing around the horse fountain using the steps as a musical scale. You’ll also see the Horse Wash where Maria and the children ran and stopped to admire pictures on their way to the market, as well as the Horse Riding School where the singing competition of the musical was filmed. Other popular sites on this Sound of Music part of tour includes the Mozart Foot Bridge, the Convent and the Fronburg Palace, which served as the entrance to the von Trapp family home.This is also where Maria arrived at the end of the song “I have confidence”.

Finally, you’ll make a stop at the famous Leopoldskron Palace, where the terrace scenes and the fall into the water were filmed. It is a picturesque place to take photos with the fortress Hohensalzburg in the background. You will make a stop at the Hellbrun Palace as well, for a short stroll through the beautiful accessible grounds and an iconic picture by the Gazebo!

After a full day of exploring Hallstatt, St. Gilgen and the Sound of Music sites, your private driver will escort you back to your accessible Salzburg hotel.

 

The Sound of Music, St. Gilgen and Hallstatt Accessible Driving Tour features:

  • Private Accessible transportation with a wheelchair ramp
  • Commentary by your friendly English speaking guide/driver
  • Pick up and drop off at you accessible Salzburg hotel
  • Accessible restrooms on route
  • Several stops to get out and explore the different sites *
  • A memorable, firsthand Sound of Music, St. Gilgen and Hallstatt experience!

 

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Tour Highlights:

  • Mirabell Palace
  • Horse Wash
  • Mozart Foot Bridge
  • Lady’s Convent
  • Fronburg Palace
  • Leopoldskron Palace
  • Hellbrunn Palace (Gazebo)
  • Lakes and mountains in Austrian Alps
  • Mountain town of St. Gilgen
  • Mountain town of Mondsee
  • Basilica of St. Michael in Mondsee (wedding filming location in Sound of Music)
  • UNESCO World Heritage mountain town of Hallstatt (including free time to grab a bite and enjoy some souvenir shopping)

 

Accessibility Description:

I gave the Sound of Music, St. Gilgen and Hallstatt Accessible Driving Tour a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because a wheelchair accessible vehicle will take you to each of the stops along the tour, and the walking portions of the tour are step-free. It does not require you to be able to transfer into a regular seat or navigate any steps. However, during your free time in Hallstatt you may encounter some inaccessible areas, and vehicles are not allowed in the town center.

This accessible driving tour takes place in a comfortable van equipped with a ramp to enter (see photo on the left). To avoid the large tourist crowds in Hallstatt in the afternoon, this will be the first stop of the day in order to arrive early.

In the town of Hallstatt, the main road through town is mostly flat, until you get to a big hill near the end of it. Many restaurants have small steps leading into them (see photo on the right below), however, a few have ramped access or street level access.

In Hallstatt it is nearly impossible to avoid the slopes. Luckily, most of them are doable in a wheelchair or mobility scooter. Many areas also have mild to moderate cobblestones. See examples below:

For an early lunch the Seewirt-Zauner accessible restaurant can be used. They have ramped access.

Bathroom door was wide enough for my wheelchair but might be too narrow for other wheelchairs.

The next stop on your tour will be St. Gilgen. Accessibility here is better than Hallstatt with less slopes and cobblestones. Several areas are flat and smooth (see examples below):

The final part of your day will be spent visiting Sound of Music sites. During your stop at Schloss Hellbrunn (Hellbrunn Palace), you’ll get out and experience the site firsthand.  The area is mostly flat, with an easy to navigate walkway from the parking lot to the Palace.

Remember your camera for an iconic picture next to the 16 going on 17 Pavilion.

Take a short stroll down the famous road that Maria Von Trapp walks down in the movie Sound of Music. The path is mostly flat smooth.

Tour Details:

Tour Duration: 9 hours

Cost:EUR 840 for 1-2 people, EUR 870 for 3-4 people, EUR 890 for 5-6 people.

*20 Euro off, if booked as part of an Accessible Salzburg travel package.

Meeting place: In front of your Accessible Salzburg Hotel.

Meeting time: Morning 8:00 AM

Days Offered: 7 days a week

Maximum number of people on tour: 6

Entrance Tickets: Not needed

Cancelation Policy: 80% refund with at least 7 days’ notice, 50% refund with at least 4 days’ notice, and no refund with less than 4 days’ notice. Tours run rain or shine.

Not included: Snacks/meals & gratuities

 

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