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4-days in Salzburg plus Vienna- looking for itinerary suggestions?

We are reaching Munich at 12 noon on June 27th, and then plan on taking a train into Salzburg (hoping to be there by 4pm). We then need to take the train into Vienna on 29th, and return flight is on July 2nd.

So what I was thinking of doing is as follows and am looking for suggestions as to what is a must-see and what can be skipped..

27th evening: Motzart's birthplace, explore Getreidegasse, nighttime concert (?any suggestion? I was thinking of the one at the fortress by Panorama tours)

Motzart's residenz
Then choices are either the Sound-of music tour or explore Mirabell gardens and Hellbrunn Palace on own.
Salzburger Dom
Fortress in the afternoon.
Will there be time to "squeeze-in' a trip to Untersberg Mountain also??

29th- train to Vienna in morning.
afternoon: Belvedere Palace
Imperial Burial vault

Schonnbrunn palm house, Gloriette, Palace
Anker Clock
St Stephen's Cathedral

Imerial Palace and Sisi museum
St. Charles' church
Opera house
Hundertwasser house?

Also, we will be in Vienna at teh time of the football finals. So I am presuming that we'll need to keep extra time for waits/transporation etc.

Please advise and thanks!!

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You're very fortunate to be in Vienna for the Euro 2008 final! (I will be there, too.) Be sure to set aside time in the evening to go to the fan zones where you can enjoy the game on giant screens with thousands of fans -- even if you don't know a thing about soccer it will still be a blast.

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Check to make sure Mozart's birthplace is open in the evening.If you do SOM tour there probably won't be time for Unterseberg and this can be skipped.Schonbrunn is much more than just the palm house.

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Thanks for the link to FanZone! We'll definitely plan on that on 29th.

Motzart birthplace is open until 6:00 (last admission is at 5:30)- so will be tight, but we'll try.

It seems that we can only do one of the following:
1) SOM tour
2) Hellbrunn palace and trick fountains + mirabell garden
Is the SOM tour worth it?

THanks again!!

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Looks like you need to dig a little deeper in the itinerary to avoid backtracking and maximize your stay.

SOM tour - OK for SOM fans, but if you can explore downtown Salzburg on your own you'll save time, money and have a more authentic appreciation for the tale. There was a recent thread on the Austria forum on that I would recommend you check out. SOM was an American production (there were three movies about the Trapps in German in the 50s, and all took liberties with the facts)so things are as much Hollywood as Austria. I'd suggest more time in Hohensalzburg fortress.

The Untersberg is where Charles the Great is supposed to reside with the Holy Grail; is that why you wanted to head over there?

In Vienna you need to arrange the visits more systematically - Belvedere (art museum is in the lower palace, while the upper one is mostly of great interest to Austrians) is a little to the east of the center but near the Karlsplatz. The Imperial Vault is around the corner from the Hofburg, while St. Stephen's is smack in the center of District 1 and can be reached on foot. The Secession is also not too distant from the subway stop.

Schönbrunn is another subway ride away. There you find the summer palace, the chariot museum, gorgeous, manicured parkland, the Gloriette in the far distance, and off to the right the Zoo, the Palmenhaus Conservatory (hey, I wouldn't miss it!) and the Butterfly House.

Check it all at

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Thanks so much Martin! Very helpful e-mail and link indeed!

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Very informative exchange for me - my fiance and I are considering a very similar itinerary for our honeymoon. We would be going in the middle of November though - any one have any suggestions about how the weather may effect our visit? Also, I have heard that there are public balls/waltz's in Vienna that anyone can take part in - does anyone know anything about this? Thanks! I may have to cut and paste your itinerary t our's, Parul!

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Well Joy, it's middle of November - expect snow and inclement weather with temps in the 20s. There are some sunny days, but these are a bonus. Plus the towns look lovely in snow.

The ball season starts about that time, but they are not all public affairs. It's easier to find a public wedding (usually that requires paying a 'music fee' and you can participate as a guest without ever having to shake hands with the happy couple.