School Trips to Salzburg

 

As a European capital of music, Salzburg is ideal for your music school trip. Students can explore the city's rich musical heritage and perform at a selection of famous venues.

Choirs, orchestras, and bands are welcome to perform at the many venues in Salzburg. The Basilica of St Michael - also known as the church in the Sound of Music's wedding scene - hosts choral performances throughout the year. As does the Salzburger Dom: the 17th century cathedral where Mozart was baptised.
Students can also perform outdoors against Austria's stunning alpine scenery. Schönau am Königsee and St Gilgen are both home to outdoor bandstands and regularly host concerts. Musicians are often welcome to play in the Mirabell Palace gardens, too.

NST can also arrange performances in local schools, retirement homes and community venues. And choirs and orchestras are often invited to play in the Vigaun Spa concert hall.

Delve deeper into Salzburg's musical history with a visit to Mozart's birthplace. The family apartment is now home to a museum showcasing a selection of Mozart's possessions - including some of his instruments. Head out of the city and relax in the alpine countryside. Boat trips around Königssee and Zell am See are great for settling pre-performance nerves!

You will be offered the option to work with a Music Tour Manager. It's their job to accompany and assist you throughout your trip - including at your concerts. A music trip to Salzburg can be tailored around any performances, as well as the individual needs of your group. Get in touch with the team today to discuss your options!

Music Tour to Salzburg

The city of Salzburg has an historic musical tradition and always provides our music groups with an enthusiastic reception. A perfect destination for school band trips of all abilities. 

The surrounding areas of Salzburg also provide a number of attractions and outstanding scenery that can be included in your itinerary. Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, offers a stunning historic city centre, with its many palaces and baroque architecture, coupled with the scenic Alpine surroundings. A delightful concert tour destination. 

Salzburg trip highlights - our groups love...

Mirabell Gardens

Mirabell Gardens

Students immerse themselves in the beautiful Mirabell gardens, a UNESCO world heritage site and garden of the famous schloss Mirabell that was built by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau.

Salzburger Dom

Salzburger Dom

Choirs may sing a short recital inside this 17th century Baroque cathedral, where Mozart was baptised.

Music Pavillion, St Gilgen

Music Pavillion, St Gilgen

Summer performances take place on the bandstand, located by the side of the Wolfgangsee.

Mozart's Birthplace

Mozart's Birthplace

The centre point of this museum is the former apartments of the Mozart family on the third floor. On display are valuable paintings and original instruments belonging to Mozart.

Zell am See, including Boat Trip

Zell am See, including Boat Trip

The alpine city of Zell am See lies between the idyllic Zeller See Lake and the Schmittenhöhe Mountain, best viewed by boat.

Königssee Boat Trip

Königssee Boat Trip

Boat excursions can be arranged around the beautiful lake of Konigssee, found 5km south of Berchtesgaden. During a two-hour excursion, groups will stop at St Bartholoma and at Saletalm-Obersee. Also popular with groups is the cable car up into the national park. 

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process...

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information:

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you:

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals


You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

Free school trip promotion pack

Free school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of:

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete A3 posters to promote your trip around school
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs
  • Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip


For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip. 

Planning first school trip

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process.

If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way.

Our helpful guide covers the following:

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist


View our essential guide to a successful school trip here.

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you.

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too.

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go.

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here.

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free geography resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom!

Take a look at our downloadable posters here.

Why choose NST...

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated tour co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise of Salzburg to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, free classroom posters and trip launch resources to support your in-school promotion.

  • Free group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  

 

Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

 

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.