Alpine Village – Zell am See
Private Day Trip from Salzburg


Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Hohe Tauern National Park on this private day trip from Salzburg. Nestled amidst the serene Lake Zell and the majestic Hohe Tauern Mountains, the park showcases some of Austria’s most stunning landscapes. Discover the charming alpine resort of Zell am See, where you can explore the town, enjoy a scenic lake cruise, or ascend to the top of Schmittenhöhe via the Porsche-designed gondola.

This exclusive Salzburg tour also features several iconic photo stops, including the famous Sound of Music picnic meadow and the historic Werfen Castle, known from the movie “Where Eagles Dare.” Additionally, visit the most picturesque viewpoint in Zell am See for an unforgettable vista.

  • Private day tour from Salzburg to the Hohe Tauern National Park with Zell am See
  • Stop for photos at Where Eagle’s Dare Castle of Werfen – 11th century
  • Visit the Schmittenhoehe mountain, take a cruise on Zell am See’s lake or just simply enjoy the town
  • A true secret, away from the tourist crowds

8 hours

Private Tour

815 .00
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Tour Overview

Salzburg to Zell am See: Alpine Adventure

Embark on an unforgettable journey with your experienced local guide and driver. Begin your adventure as you are picked up from your hotel in Salzburg and settle into a luxurious minivan. Your scenic drive takes you through the picturesque Salzach Valley to the charming village of Werfen.

Option 1: Explore Werfen Castle

Marvel at the historic Werfen Castle, prominently featured in the classic movie “Where Eagles Dare” with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. This castle stands as one of the most stunning mountain fortresses in the Alps. Werfen also holds a special place in cinematic history as a location for the beloved film “The Sound of Music.” Relive the magic by visiting the iconic Picnic Meadow, where Maria and the children first sang “Do-Re-Mi.”

Spend up to 2 hours exploring Werfen Castle both inside and out. Take advantage of the excellent photo spots and delve into the rich history and architecture of this magnificent fortress.

Option 2: Quick Stop in Werfen

For those who prefer more time in Zell am See, we’ll make a brief 30-minute stop in Werfen. You’ll have the opportunity to admire the castle from the outside and capture breathtaking photos from various excellent vantage points, without a full tour inside.

Explore Zell am See

Next, travel to Zell am See, the highlight of your private full-day tour. Begin with a scenic drive around the picturesque Zeller See, passing the historic Erlhof, once the summer residence of the famous Trapp family.

Pause at a breathtaking viewpoint near the Schmittenhöhe, offering one of the most stunning vistas in Zell am See, beloved by locals and visitors alike. Capture the serene beauty of the lake and the majestic Alps.

Free Time in Zell am See

Enjoy 2.5 hours of leisure time to explore Zell am See at your own pace. Whether you choose to stroll through the charming town, take a relaxing boat ride on the lake, or ride the gondola up to the Schmittenhöhe, the options are endless. Savor a delicious local lunch, either in town or atop the Schmittenhöhe, where you can dine with panoramic views of the lake and mountains.

Return to Salzburg

After an enchanting eight-hour journey through the heart of the Austrian Alps, your private tour concludes with a comfortable ride back to your hotel in Salzburg.

Let us take you on a memorable adventure, filled with stunning landscapes, rich history, and unforgettable moments. You can decide whether to spend more time exploring Werfen Castle or to enjoy additional leisure time in Zell am See on the tour date—just let your private guide know your preference. Book your private tour from Salzburg to Zell am See today!


  • Private transportation
  • Pick up and drop off in Salzburg
  • Air-conditioned luxury minivan


  • Cable Car Schmittenhoehe: € 36 p.p.
  • Boat Roundtrip: € 25 p.p.
  • Food and Drinks

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 48 hours in advance of the tour for a full refund. If you cancel less than 48 hours before the tour’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

Anne G
Anne G
A 10 out of 10 tour & guide I had high expectations for this tour but the scenery, our guide and the castles surpassed everything. Our guide Patrick was beyond excellent; knowledgeable, friendly and on every detail went the extra mile e.g. in the morning we stopped at the Gollinger waterfall which was an unexpected but beautiful treat. And then at lunchtime he'd made a reservation for us on the off chance at a hotel local to the Eagles Nest. We had a fantastic meal sitting on the roof terrace with views of the castle in a restaurant we would never have found ourselves. In addition Patrick had collected pictures, information & anecdotes which further enhanced the whole experience. It was a glorious day weather wise & I cannot praise Patrick highly enough. If you enjoy history, scenery and want a charming, knowledgeable & entertaining guide then this is the tour for you.
Tiziana A
Tiziana A
Fantastica Visita eccezionale con foto fantastiche, camminata comoda per il sentiero nel bosco. Magnifica esperienza da rifare
Claire C
Claire C
great outing. perfect for everyone. great guide. guide was great. stunning scenery. would do again. perfect for all ages. loved the town. highly recommend.
Wonderful Private Tour with Patrick My husband and I had a wonderful day with Patrick visiting Eagle’s Nest, Berchtesgaden and Ramsau and we would highly recommend a private tour with him. Patrick was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and full of interesting information. He went above and beyond in sharing stories about the area and answering all of our questions. He even went out of his way to show us a couple of extra sites that weren’t part of the planned tour. We are so glad we did the private tour instead of a group tour. Our day with Patrick was our favorite part of our 10 day trip to Munich, Vienna and Salzburg.
Exceeded expectations! Fantastic! What an outstanding day. Do NOT second guess booking this. Worth every penny and was a favorite day of our two week trip. Patrick made us feel like a local showing us the off beaten path to unbelievably beautiful locations. He made lunch reservations at the most picturesque restaurant in Hallstatt and provided the most relaxing adventure. We then headed to the Eagle’s Nest and his knowledge and guidance could not be matched. I cannot say enough about how much my husband and I enjoyed Patrick and the day he provided. We are already planning our return trip and 100% will request a day with Patrick again. You will not regret booking this!!
Great way to see Hallstatt! This was an excellent tour! Our tour guide Patrick picked us up promptly, and drove us to several beautiful spots on the way to Hallstatt. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and enjoyable. Hallstatt was a picture perfect town. Per Patrick’s recommendations, we rented an electric boat to go out on the lake, and had lunch at the Gruner Baum Terrace restaurant. Patrick met us at the other end of town and dropped us back at our apartment. I highly recommend this tour and Patrick!
deborah d
deborah d
Salt Mine, Berchtesgaden and Bavarian Mountain highlights This tour was truly one of the highlights of our trip to Austria. Our guide Manfred was on time picking us up and was full of interesting information during the day. Manfred went out of his way to show our family of 4 (including 2 teenage boys) beautiful and interesting sights. Manfred had made our reservations in advance for the Salt Mine (AMAZING tour) and lunch and was also very adaptable to adjust our schedule when the weather shifted. We truly saw more off the beaten path highlights and interesting little stops that we never would have encountered otherwise. In addition, Manfred went out of his way to help us secure dinner reservations in Salzburg at local hotspots. This tour was fabulous and our family highly recommends it!!!
Great Tour Group. They make it soooo easy! MCM Tours and Travel were very accommodating from the start. They were prompt in answering my emails prior to our trip and making suggestions that would work for my family of 5. We chose to tour the Eagle's Nest from Salzburg, on a Sunday. We wanted to go to the 8:30am mass first at the Cathedral. Patrick picked us up promptly at 10am right outside the cathedral at Mozartplatz (Mozart Square). His van fit us comfortably, and it was very clean. He spoke very good and clear English. From there we went to the Salt Mine Tour. We weren't planning on doing the salt mine, but we had our 3 young adult children that range from 19 to 25, Patrick recommended it and a friend from home said it was fun plus it was raining, so we decided to do it. It was surprisingly fun. I'm glad Patrick suggested it. From there we drove to the Eagle's Nest looking at beautiful scenery and listening to the history of the area from our guide. I always like private tours. You get to learn about the history, but also present day "real" life from your guide. What it's like to live in Austria today, his life and family etc... Before the Eagle's Nest we wanted to stop for lunch and Patrick guided us to a lovely rooftop restaurant called Restaurant Panorama in Berchtesgaden. It had wonderful views of the Alps and the Eagle's Nest. Wouldn't have known about it if it wasn't for Patrick. After lunch, we proceeded to the Eagle's Nest. Patrick made it very easy for us to get the tix and the bus up the mountain. He came along and provided info about the place and had us go outside on the terrace first because he knew the rain would be coming. It's just easy when you have a guide. You struggle with the travel of getting to a foreign country, all the luggage, the language barrier and all the other unknowns. It's just easy when you have someone as kind and knowledgeable taking care of you along the way. I would definitely recommend this tour and this tour group. They provide a great product and great service. Worth the money.
Best tour ever - don't miss this one! Hallstatt is absolutely stunning, and our guide - Patrick - was amazing. Professional, knowledgeable, funny, and responsive to our in-the-moment requests. He knows the area very well (he grew up there) and even our most unexpected questions led to a terrific story or example. Each stop was better than the last. Next time we're in Salzburg, we will 100% choose another tour with MCM and Patrick!
Mike E
Mike E
Amazing day! Patrick, our guide, did an incredible job. He was very knowledgeable and we learned so much. We would highly recommend him.