Astrid Zehentmayer has a university degree in economics and a good number of years of work experience in event planning. She changed her career mid-stream to enjoy guiding travelers though her city of Salzburg, to indulge her passion for speaking foreign languagues and to spend more time with her 3 children and wonderful husband. She offers a variety of themed walks that show every part of Salzburg’s history, from it salt mine economy that gained the city a prominent place in Medieval Europe to its famous musical heritage, local customs and architectural riches.
Having obtained a Masters degree in Romance languages, and studied ethnology and journalism in the 1990s in Vienna as well, Ilse has served as the editor for numerous well-known Vienna-based writers. Her interests have always been attracted to history, the arts and literature. Born and raised in Salzburg, it is not a surprise that she also developed an early affinity for classical music, studying piano at an advanced level in Graz for 2 years. She worked with the Sigmund Freud Museum for 3 years; and in 2013, after two and a half years of required training and study she became a licensed Austrian tour guide. Ilse delights in sharing the fascinating history and culture of Vienna and Salzburg on a personal level, while enjoying cultural exchanges with visitors from all over the world.