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Fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Best place to see whole Salzburg at once. Of course there is much more to see in fortress; museums, restaurant and much more. A must place to include your Salzburg visit. 
  • Took some 15-20 mins to reach the top on foot. It was slightly tiring as it was really warm and humid in mid-Sept. The fort offered excellent views of Salzburg town from the top. Opted for tour in one...  read more »
  • This is a very worthwhile stop in Salzburg. You ride the funicular up to the fortress overlooking the city. At the top you are treated to amazing views of Salzburg and the surrounding area.The museum ...  read more »
  • Beautiful Castle which over looks Salzburg city and its amazing scenery. There is a impressive rail track system which can bring you up the side of the castle walls. (But you can also walk up or down depending on how energetic you are feeling) The castle provides absolutely stunning views of the city of Salzburg and really makes you appreciate the beauty of the city and the it's surrounding scenery. The facilities at the Castle are very good. It has modern styled facilities including resteraunts/cafes and toilets. But the castle grounds have done well as it doesn't take away terribly from the castles historic beauty. There is a number of tour guide options and you can receive information on different part and history of the castle, even without a tour guide. I would highly recommend anyone visiting Salzburg and/or looking for a nice relaxing day out to make sure they visit this castle as it really makes you appreciate the beauty of the castle and its surrounding city and landscape.
  • This fortress is a great place to visit. Spectacular views from above and free wifi in the whole area. I recommend taking the funicular up just because it is a fun experience.
  • Giving this fortress five stars for the free (and strong) wifi. I FaceTimed my mother back home in Singapore from atop with the brilliant view - THANKS FOR THE FREE WIFI WHOO
  • Have to take the funicular up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg). You can see the Salzburg city view with Salzach River, two towns along the coast. The left is old town and the right is a new town. It's beautiful town.
  • Haven't visited many fortresses, but for me this was a great experience. From the entertainment to top, to the lighting at night. Cobblestones line the streets you walk on, while looking out over Salzburg at night is breathtaking and peaceful, though we could hear the German music below during Oktoberfest. Steep walk with some precarious footing, but quit complaining and go.
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