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Perched atop a hill overlooking Salzburg, Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle bears witness to more than 900 years of Austrian history, demonstrating the supreme power of the archbishops. Construction of this massive fortress began in the 11th century at the request of Archbishop Gebhard I of Helffenstein. The project continued over the centuries, finishing in 1501. Visit the regency rooms, torture chamber, illuminated lower church, and the fortress museum. At an altitude of 506 m (1,660 ft), the watchtower provides views of Salzburg. Purchase the Fortress Card to take advantage of the funicular ride up the steep hill, and delve deeper into the fortress' history with an audio guide. Use our Salzburg trip planner to add Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and other attractions to your Salzburg vacation plans.
Tours To Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Salzburg Day Trip from Vienna BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $134
Duration: 13 hours
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $72
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Salzburg with River Cruise BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $89
Duration: 4 hours 10 minutes
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle Reviews
Although you can reach the fortress by a new funicular, a lot of stairs and difficult passages. Worthy of the tour the princes apartments and the view. If you are older than 60 preapare yourself! more »
Bit of a climb up but worth it at the top for views and nice museum. Funicular included in the entrance fee so lot I have that trip down ! Well worth a visit more »
I was amazed how such a big building was created on the hill top. So good architecture, proven with the centuries - it has been never conquered by enemy army. On the other hand it gave the chance to feel and see how the daily life look like several hundred years ago - with all small details and items. Collection of military equipment - both armour and weapons is spectacular. You are able to see.full body armour from the 30 years war - which for some historians was the real WWI.
I would recommend purchasing the all-inclusive ticket as all rooms and spaces are worth experiencing. Allow a good 3-4 hours to see all. There’s restaurants and cafes up there so refreshments are easily accessible. The combination of technology and heritage is really well done. The walk up could be challenging for some so be aware. There are alternatives.
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