Hohensalzburg Fortress (German: Festung Hohensalzburg, lit. 'High Salzburg Fortress') is a large medieval fortress in the city of Salzburg, Austria. It sits atop the Festungsberg at an altitude of 506 m. It was erected at the behest of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg. The fortress is 250 m (820 ft) long and 150 m (490 ft) wide making it one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.
Construction of the fortress began in 1077 under Archbishop Gebhard von Helfenstein. The original design was a basic bailey with a wooden wall. In the Holy Roman Empire, the archbishops of Salzburg were already powerful political figures and they expanded the fortress to protect their interests. Helfenstein's conflict with Emperor Henry IV during the Investiture Controversy influenced the expansion of the fortress, with the Archbishop taking the side of Pope Gregory VII and the German anti-king Rudolf of Rheinfelden. The fortress was gradually expanded during the following centuries. The ring walls and towers were built in 1462 under Prince-Archbishop Burkhard II von Weißpriach.
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Susana Herreros | Feb 10, 2018
Highly recommended. You can go using the stone staircase. And walk to the fortress. Very nice walk. TIP: if you enter ton the fortress just after 16.00, the price for the fortress including the funicular ticket, is 4.60€. It closes at 17.00 but if you don't entertain too much on all the staff, you can do it in an hour otherwise you will have to pay around 12€, anyways is worth it.
Zoli Crisan | Mar 2, 2018
This is a must see place in Salzburg. We took the funicular up and the price included a basic audio tour. Tour was very well done with a lots of interesting facts and history. While it’s a programmed audio tour, there is a guide with the group that can answer questions. We had amazing views of the city and the mountains as well. Spent a few hours wandering around and then walked down into the old city.
HENG heng | Feb 22, 2018
Highly recommended. Take a slow walk up to the castle instead of the tram. Along the walk have beautiful view. Near the castle need to pay entry fee. We paid 11.80euro for all entry and all visit with the way down from castle by tram.
Mike S | Jan 11, 2018
Beautiful landmark in the middle of the city. The ride up in short and sweet, and it dumps you out at the most wonderful spit to view the city. The audio tour of the fortress is short but interesting. This is a worthwhile stop for a few hours and right next door to the winding streets and alleyways of the old town.
Attila Bartha | Feb 2, 2018
A beautiful view on Salzburg from the castle. Unfortunately at the time we visited the place was under construction but at least we saw the mountains around the city and the old town. Best to visit in clear weather. The ticket for the funicular also includes the museum entry but you can take the footpath if you are not interested in that.
nelson antony drewitt | Apr 3, 2018
It is best to know some of the history of the fortress before getting there ( will help u to relate what u see ) .. the fortress can be scaled up and down through the lift - Funicular or just hike it ( there are steps and then it an inclined path _ which is quiet steep). The views from the fortress are amazing , a definite must do .. no point coming to Salzburg and skipping the views from the Fortress.. The fortress has 4 museums within it, all relating to its history and artifacts. Best is to buy the all inclusive ticket which will saves u time and effort .
santosh gokak | Mar 30, 2018
One of the must visit places when you are in Salzburg. This fort is worth the visit in all seasons. As you can see different landscapes. The view of the city is amazing from the top. We have always used the train to go up never tried by foot. The fort itself is well maintained and is interesting to understand the working of king. Kids might get bored here so plan your time. Do press like button if you think review was helpful to you.
Jesse Miller | Mar 19, 2018
Very cool fortress with an extensive history. Currently under a lot of construction which took away a bit from the impression but still worth the visit. Museum was nice. The walk up is taxing as stated by others. We road the Funicular for a few Euros more. Much more efficient. Nice view of the entire city from the top.
David Tomaschik | Mar 27, 2018
This fortress is an absolutely amazing place to visit. It's historical, dating back nearly 1000 years, has amazing views, and is architecturally interesting. The audio tour is short but has amazing views and historical information, and the museums are interesting. Note that in the off season, some areas are closed for updates and maintenance, but it is still well worth it. The restaurant patio with a view is an incredible place to lunch during your visit.
Leonora Mead | Mar 19, 2018
We arrived early and were able to see the princes room for free before 11am using our Salzburg Card (excellent purchase). The decadent rooms were outstanding and the information points were comprehensive yet concise. Other exhibits downstairs included a chronical display of the Salzburg military history as well as a 30 minute audio assisted (free) tour of the prison tour with addition information about the development of the structure itself and of course a panoramic explanation of the views from the very top. Lovely staff and a great way to spend the morning. (3 hours spent here, could go a bit quicker but we wanted to see everything.)
Mark Shu | Apr 20, 2018
A historical place with a superb view. Inside the castle you can find a lot of historical info. Outside the castle you find a breath taking view of the cityscape. If time is a luxury for you, recommend to come to the castle at evening hours (after operational hours , 5/7 pm depends on what seasons you come) so you can take pictures around the cityscape first and avoid the crowd. (Do watch out for the tramp operation hours) come again the next morning to go into the museum. Shall you feel tired, there's cafe outside the castle you can enjoy the view and some beers
Oleksandr Virga | Apr 30, 2018
It’s amazing!!! It is so big and gorgeous that even couple of hours is not enough to see everything! Infrastructure is perfect - funicular to the castle (however you can go on foot), several cafe-bars where you can take some rest, tours with audio guides, WC everywhere. You pay only once at the beginning and then just enjoy your stay at the wonderful castle.
Rebekah Taylor | Apr 19, 2018
Beautiful place with so much history! You take a cable car up to the top & then walk around the fortress. There are incredible views from nearly every spot. The interior has a number of rooms with the history & old relics. It's quite fascinating & definitely worth seeing when you're in Salzburg!
Perry Brill | Jun 4, 2018
You cannot just view the fortress from the ground! You must make the trek up. Walk up it for the real scenic and exercise experience. Beautiful tree lined path on the way up. The 10 euros to tour are well worth it. It's not jammed with a bunch of insignificant historical artifacts. Just enough to make you feel cultured. The views from up top are kind numbing how beautiful they are.
Josh Coppen | Jun 4, 2018
An absolutely impeccable example of medieval architecture. I was amazed at how well the castle has been maintained. My son really enjoyed the tram ride to the castle entrance. The surrounding city and courtyards are clean and well maintained. Also, the nearby graveyard and cave system was really interesting to explore.
張喻凱 | Jun 11, 2018
It is necessary for everyone to come up to the fortress. The view is good. You can join the tour for free, includes an audio guide. There will be a person leading you to every room, and he will control the time. The estimate visit time is 15minutes. When you come to the top of the tower, just take photo as fast as you can. The view is wonderful, the cable car is not really needed, but if you have a Salzburg card and can access for free, just take it and it will take 30 seconds to arrive.
Badawy Photos | Jul 1, 2018
The view from top is amazing. U can see all the city and the country side. The place is historical but there is nothing much to see. and the way up is tough. Better take the train leading up. It's included in the ticket anyway. There r few restaurants on top over the amazing view. Reasonable prices.
Crystal Kmck | Jun 16, 2018
The walk up to the castle is very steep and although satisfying to complete, I would not recommend it. A cable lift can be taken in town from the bottom of the hill and goes directly to the top and back. Be mindful that on the way up it can be extremely full. This cable car is included in the ticket price of the castle which is good. The castle itself is quite interesting and has lots to see and explore, you need a good couple of hours if you want to see it all. The views of town are stunning and the restaurant up by the castle offers a great ambiance to enjoy these views. From the castle you can also access a number of walking tracks into surrounding areas.
Lisa Lewis Riddle | Jul 4, 2018
Take the tram up to the top and enjoy spectacular views of the region. We stopped at a cafe at the top for a snack before exploring the grounds. Don't miss the marrionette museum. On your way out before hitting the square, you'll pass an amber store. If you love amber as I do, you'll find quality amber. Look for the sale rack! 😁
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