Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg

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Must see · Lookout · Castle
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.
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  • Easy hike to the top! It looks high, but really isn’t to difficult to make the walk to the top. Absolutely breathtaking views. 10/10, would recommend.  more »
  • The fortress is well worth a visit, but if you do visit, go early. I went up around 10 am and when I returned after lunchtime, the queue for guests wanting to use the funicular (Festungsbahn) was a...  more »
  • You can go there by cable car or on foot. There is a beautiful view od the city on the top. For 10€ you can buy ticket for cable car or visits of Museum and guide Tour.  more »
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  • Place was pretty cool. Transit or ability to walk to the actual castle. Thought it was cool to have both. The actual museum was slightly disappointing though. Had some cool displays, however, I felt as tho they could do way more. A lot of the actual castle was not able to be explored or seen. This is what I was expecting. Not expensive to go or see and the surrounding area is also very beautiful with plenty of shops and places to eat. There are several building of historic sights surrounding and the architecture is very stunning. Would recommend.
  • Loved the place. One of the oldest castle of European history. The inbuilt museum narrates you the story of Austrian empire. You will be thrilled to see the scenery around the castle. One side it covers scenic beauty of Alps mountains and other side it give you the panoramic view of the whole city and mountain river flowing through it.
  • It was a unique experience exploring the whole place. The view to the city, the river and the Alps is splendid and there are so many rooms, museum chambers and dungeons to take a look. Also watch out some slippery paths inside the fortress, while doing the tour. The whole experience will take you back to the medieval era!
  • Nice place to visit with kids. You can easily spend a day there and do everything slow because of the kids. There’s cafes and restaurants up there. I loved some medieval chambers, my husband all the soldier and knight stuff. The view from there is amazing, even on a rainy and snowy day, as the day I went there.
  • A magnificent view over Salzburg. We had all inclusive tickets but I think that it is just enough to see part A with the tower which is a Salzburg panorama spot. Prepare yourself for numerous stairs, though they are not exhausting. The castle itself is easily reached by cable car.

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