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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  • Fantastic views from the top of Salzburg. Museum inside is a bit boring, with a few interesting pieces on medieval life. Very clean and beautiful atmosphere at the top. 
    Fantastic views from the top of Salzburg. Museum inside is a bit boring, with a few interesting pieces on medieval life. Very clean and beautiful atmosphere at the top.  more »
  • Wonderful place to visit and learn more about the history of the city and their rules. Good restaurant and amazing views. 
    Wonderful place to visit and learn more about the history of the city and their rules. Good restaurant and amazing views.  more »
  • This is a large medieval fortress, one of the largest of its kind in Europe. It is located on top of the Festungberg and offers incredible panoramic views over and around Salzburg with its historical....  more
    This is a large medieval fortress, one of the largest of its kind in Europe. It is located on top of the Festungberg and offers incredible panoramic views over and around Salzburg with its historical....  more »
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  • Amazing views from the top tower. Worth to take the funicular up and don't walk ... also worth to take the funicular down. Inside the castle the exhibitions are nice, but worth 4 stars and not 5 stars. Yet, this Fortress is one if not the top attraction that Salzburg has to offer. Go and enjoy. Not that expensive and they have family tickets.
  • Fantastic! The cable car and entrance fees are waived for those with the Salzburg card. It was easy to find the cable car and the wait to go up was short. Inside the castle there are many things to do and different museums, a restaurant. The views are spectacular. We did the walking tour up to the top. The views up top were even better.
  • A must see in Salzburg!!! You can take a cool hill train up to it. This fortress boasts the finest views of Salzburg!! We spent so much time gazing at the vistas. The complex itself it full of lots of fun fortress stuff and many nooks and crannies to explore! Highly recommended:)
  • The Fortress of Hohensalzburg is on top of the hill in Salzburg. You may choose to reach by a dedicated train or by foot. The Fortress interiors are not super luxurious however the view from the galleries of the beautiful Salzburg city is breathtaking. You can choose different ticket options to visit the interiors of the castle. There are some interesting games for kids also in the museum area. I love to view the city from birds eyes view and this was perfect for me.
  • Beatiful Castle up the hill, magic experience like back to the past! Clean, tidy. You can look at the whole town, mountains from there. Even when you have a lucky, you can listen enjoy some opera's concert from town! And for free 😂😍 amazing place! You have to visit this site, when you will be in Salzburg!

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