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. Use our Salzburg trip planner to add Fortress Hohensalzburg and other attractions to your Salzburg vacation plans.
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  • Rapid ascent in Funicular....great views from top.....Day we went was stifling hot and extremely crowded...queuing to see rooms and museum part.....we had a walk round and then popped by the museum to...  more »
  • We take the funicular (not super well organized) and arriving in the fortress. The ticket covers both. Great view of the city on one side and the mountain on the other. Go in the morning for the best photos of the city.
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  • This is a great old fortress, where history lives again. Unfortunately, not much was available of the historical furniture. That was already lacking to complete.
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  • Dramatic fortress overlooking the city. Many stairs to climb to reach it. Or they have a fun funicular to carry you up. The inside is a nice history museum looking at the progression of the military. Interesting history displayed although not too much to differentiate it from other fortresses in Europe. The views make up for it. There is a really great restaurant up there as well where you can feast like kings for reasonable prices.
  • We loved exploring the fortress, it was beautiful and really well organized. We ran out of time to explore everything there and would have happily spent many hours there. The exhibitions were detailed and interesting and the combination of free roaming and audio guided tour was good. The price was excellent value in my view, we spent €15.50 each for 2 adults for a ride up in the little fenicular railway and entry to all the exhibits. The views were spectacular. Well worth a visit. Top tip, keep an eye out for the entrances to the sections as the are not all that obvious, and you could easily miss sections!
  • Too good location and on one day route for whole Salzburg. You can spend all your day too here. Well managed place and the train to go at top is also a great thing. It meant to create for travellers and tourists. Saw too much foreigners here. Mostly from East Asia and South Asia.
  • A must visit place! There is an upscale restaurant located up in fortress. If you don't have payed for the classic music concert room, make sure you visit this place before 5 PM (except the restaurant and the concert room, they close pretty much all other places up there).
  • Awe inspiring vistas. Take your time to read through the displays, as the exhibits do a better than average job infusing regional or continental affairs with the expansion and ebb of the fortress. In many ways it's a minimalist tour but you come to appreciate the frequent reveals of the old walls, foundation, and other workings. You can skip the creepy marionettes, however...

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