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Fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg
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Perched atop a hill overlooking Salzburg, Fortress Hohensalzburg 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. Arrange to visit Fortress Hohensalzburg and other attractions in Salzburg using our Salzburg itinerary maker.
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  • When buying the ticket at Festungbahn station, I recommend the standard ticket which costs EUR12.90 per adult for a return ride of Festungbahn-Hohensalzburg Fortress, entry fees to the fortress and al...  more »
  • Was a dream to visit this castle on the Hill. Beautiful fortress on the Hill, historic site, back down by cable car, and how in the old days you ever lived without it?)))
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  • The medieval castle and fortress can be seen from nearly everywhere. A finicular whisks you to the top or you can hike to the top. Fantastic views of the city whether by day or night. Be sure to look ...  more »
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  • The breathtaking view of Salzburg alone makes the 9euro entry worthwhile. Although the hike up is a bit strenuous (very steep, even once you are in the castle), for those able to do so, I would highly recommend the trek as it truly helps you appreciate the layers of defense, history, and architecture of the fortress
  • The best views of Salzburg, no question. The site and museum were also well-presented, especially the sections that are currently being excavated which were apparently there during pre-roman times. I guess if you have the time and inclination, you could walk to the top, but the ride on the incline car was quick and totally worth it (and includes the basic fee to see the stuff at the top.)
  • If you have not get yourself the salzburg card then I would suggest you to get one because it is definitely worth it if you are planning to see the most of Salzburg! You can get up to this place via the cable car and if you have the salzburg card then it is free for up and down ride. Walking up is really tiring if you ask me so if you have elderly or less fit people with you, I suggest you take the cable car! The view from up here is simply amazing and you will also get free tours if you have the card! simply irresistible!
  • Really worth it if you have the salzburg card. You can have free ride up the fortress with the card and you can opt to walk down later on as it will be less tiring but more stress for the knee. A lot of historical things to see here as well as good bird's eye view of salzburg.
  • An absolute must go if you're in Salzburg. Breathtaking views of Salzburg. You can either trek or take the cable car. (free if you buy Salzburg card)