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Perched atop a hill overlooking Salzburg, Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle 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 Castle and other attractions to your Salzburg vacation plans.
Tours To Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Salzburg Day Trip from Vienna BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $133
Duration: 13 hours
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $72
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Salzburg with River Cruise BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $89
Duration: 4 hours 10 minutes
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle Reviews
Having not visited the fortress on my first trip to Salzburg, I was determined to see it on this trip. Unfortunately, the day was rainy so the views from the fortress walls were not as outstanding as.... more »
This Castle the views looking out over Salzburg were just amazing and the history of the castle was very interesting and the guide had good knowledge and was very interesting from how much he new... more »
The highlight of my visit to Salzburg. I did not allow technology failure to thwart my quest to reach the castle and along the way appreciated why the castle had never been captured by enemies... more »
I was amazed how such a big building was created on the hill top. So good architecture, proven with the centuries - it has been never conquered by enemy army. On the other hand it gave the chance to feel and see how the daily life look like several hundred years ago - with all small details and items. Collection of military equipment - both armour and weapons is spectacular. You are able to see.full body armour from the 30 years war - which for some historians was the real WWI.
I would recommend purchasing the all-inclusive ticket as all rooms and spaces are worth experiencing. Allow a good 3-4 hours to see all. There’s restaurants and cafes up there so refreshments are easily accessible. The combination of technology and heritage is really well done. The walk up could be challenging for some so be aware. There are alternatives.
Beautiful to go...there are 2 entry fees one with guide but without guide is fine as well. Its beautiful fortress and takes about an hour to see...the hike is a little steep to get there but it's worth the view. Has a great view on the city...great view on the Saint Peter's church all along the way too
The size and architecture is incredible given the year it was built, steep incline to get to there but they do have a funicular you can purchase tickets for. You would do well to buy the Salzburg Pass as many things are included and you get the best attractions for your money. Many rooms empty but the views from the battlement of incredible. Walking tour in several languages via hand held device was perfect and you could go at your own pace.
Beautiful fortress with amazing panoramic views of the city and the Alps, loved it! If you don't mind walking, we'd recommend to walk upto the fortress it takes only 15 minutes. The entry to the terrace is free but if you plan to visit the interiors of the castle, you may have to pay entry fees.
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