Kapuzinerberg, Salzburg

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Kapuzinerberg is a hill on the eastern bank of Salzach river in Salzburg, Salzburgerland, Austria.HeightIt is elevated 640 meters above sea level.HistoryIt is home to a Capucines cloister built in 1599-1605 on the site of a medieval fortress, the "Trompeterschlössl". Earliest human settlements on the eastern slope of Kapuzinerberg date back to neolithic period. Big prehistoric settlements on mountain date back to 1100 B.C.On the way of the Linzergasse to the monastery are standing 13 oratories with the way of the cross, which were built up between 1736 and 1744, a memorial place for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the old Paschingerschlössl, known as the former house of Stefan Zweig. The different old artillery bastions from 1629, which are distributed around the mountain, the military tower of the Felixpforte and the long military walls with their small fortified towers („Auslug “) also were built in the time of the Thirty Years' War, and are majority are kept well. On the crest of the mountain, attainable with a drawbridge, there stands the Franziskischlössl. Today it is a small restaurant. Adolf Hitler wanted to establish a gigantic “Gauburg”, a Stadium and a festival house on that mountain. The end of the war forestalled it however and the Kapuzinerberg still is free of intensive land development.The cloisterThe cloister was established by bishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau as a stronghold against the Reformation. In 1602 the friars consecrated the first church built on the foundation of a medieval tower. The church inherited a set of 15th century wooden reliefs. Gradually expanding, the cloister reached its present shape around 1690. For centuries, the friars were independent of the local Archbishop, subordinate only to the Pope. In 1800 and 1809/10 the cloister was occupied and desecrated by the French troops; in 1813 by the Bavarians. After the anschluss of 1938 the monks were evicted again, to make way for a Nazi forum, but the project did not materialize. The friars returned in 1942, initially sharing the premises with refugees and prisoners.
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  • August 16, 2017
    had no idea what was up at the top of this hill. after about 30 minutes of a lot of steep uphill going, we arrived at the top. great views of the surrounding areas. the nice thing about this hike is t...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Very good recreation of the active visitors. The city is located in the middle of a great big one can hike. The steep cobbled road up, the first stop is a beautiful view. Next to the Church of the Capuchins, which is accessible for free. Further you can find the selected road, a statue of Mozart, and then decide which way to go on the mountaintop. The shorter route is full of stairs but shaded forest paths, or we stay on the tarmac and slowly go across the Franziskischlössl, where almost the entire city and will even further away. There is a restaurant in the Castle who is tired and relax a little bit, you can stop by and enjoy something. Back on the same track on which we, who choose the short cut is even zergékkel.
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  • August 9, 2017
    We walked up the hill past the stations of the cross early one morning. It started only a block from our hotel (Star Inn Hotel Premium) straight up an OLD street. It was not very far but was a real cl...  more »

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