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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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  • Finicular ride to the fortress was good. Guided audio tour of the place is the must. View from the top is amazing. Restaurants provide a great ambience with spectacular panoramic view. This place is o...  more »
  • The castle is impressive for such an old structure. The ascent is easy and quick with the funicular. Information provided about the castle is excellent. You can walk up to the Castle but this would be...  more »
  • the ride up the funicular railway to the fortress was great, however in deference to my advancing years and onset of arthritis i decided to forego the pleasure of climbing the steps to the rest of the...  more »
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  • Definitely, the best ancient European Castle/museum I've seen to date. The buildings​ and grounds are well kept, and the completeness/variety of the museum and guided audio tour were very good. The cost seemed reasonable, and I like that you can take the tram, or access the castle via the original foot path. On top of all that, the views of surrounding Salzburg, the Alps and Austria can't be beat within 100km.
  • The fortress at the top of a hill...literally. And a must-see if you're visiting Salzburg. A col, unique mini train takes you up to the top. From there, you can choose either the audio or non-audio tour. I suggest the audio "premium" tour since you get to see more of the fortress. You pretty much get to explore every part. It may feel a little pricey for the ticket, but when you get to the very top of the fortress and experience that view you'll feel quite differently. They also have a restaurant in the fortress with outside seating where you can see the entire city.
  • Am amazing experience!! Visited here with my fiancée! the fortress looks very imposing and impressive purchased 2 basic tickets (12.5 EUR each) and got the rail lift up to the fortress (you can take the stairs but you'd be exhausted when you get to the top). a great experience inside, lots of interesting historical stuff and fantastic views too, there is also a restaurant and toilets up there too. Well worth it!!
  • What a nice historical sight. A very nice fortress right on top of the hill. Also nice hiking area and a very nice military museum is located there. A must visit in Salzburg
  • To walk up from the city to the fortress is not too far but very stiff. There is audio guide in one of its small parts. Up there you will have a very nice view over the city and the river.