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What to reserve ahead of time- Vienna/Salzburg

Taking the Rick Steves Munich/Salzburg/Vienna- will have free time in each city.
Should I book ahead for sites?
Considering a Mozart Dinner in Salzburg at Fortress, BMW in Munich, and the Hofburg/Sisi museum in Vienna.
Any recommendations for the free time during the tour?
Thanks

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The only place in Vienna that you need to buy tickets in advance for is Schonbrunn. Interestingly, that is not on Rick's itinerary or on yours. I'd definitely pick Schonbrunn over the Hofburg any day of the week.

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The Mozart dinner is a ticketed event. You might want to buy that in advance.

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Yes, reserve your ticket online for the Mozart concert at the Hohensalzburg Fortress. It is well worth it. The concert and ambiance of the venue were a highlight for us. That way you can also get your seat section ahead of time.

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We did the Mozart dinner and concert at the Salzburg fortress last week . We booked the day before at the TI.
The dinner is in a series of rooms, all with large windows, so you can enjoy the view without having a window table.
There are two "grades" of dinners; our was the Classic (Hope that's the term), soup, chicken, vegetable, dessert, and was quite good. It was a preset menu, which surprised me , as I had communicated by email in advance, asking about vegetarian options, and I thought one had menu choices. (The menu indicated a vegetarian option was available, but did not specify.)
The upgraded dinner had a choice: short ribs or a whole trout, the latter which unnerved some American diners around us.
Our seat at the concert was fourth row, I think. The concert was 90 minutes and was excellent; there was a short intermission with refreshments sold. The room is not large.
The views of Salzburg that we saw outside at intermission were beautiful .
Safe travels!

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Thank you so much for the advice.
I reserved fortress concert and dinner and Sisi- Hofburg apartments tour.
The Rick Steves tour will cover a lot.
Any other free time must sees or restaurants?
Thanks
Happy travels.

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Seriously, please go to Schonbrunn instead of the Hofburg...

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Whole -heartedly agree with Emily!

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Are you going on the June 12-19 time slot?

My sister-in-law and spouse, Suzanne and John rice will be on that tour.

Go the the Augustiner breweriy and beer garden. The most popular tent at the Munich Octoberfest is Augustiner. Walk along the river near sunset.