Trip Planner: Europe / Austria / Austrian Alps / Salzburg Region / Salzburg / Fortress Hohensalzburg
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.
Fortress Hohensalzburg Reviews
Spectacular views of the city and a good exercise climb. Excellent exhibit with CGI re-creation of the history of the site. more »
The train ride up starts the journey and then it’s beautiful views from above the city. The craftsmanship that went into building the castle is amazing. There are nice restaurants above as well so you... more »
The most beautiful castle I have been to. The view is phenomenal in all directions. You can wonder in the castle courts for hours without losing interest. There is a cable car that you can take up but it's no much nicer to walk up and explore the area.
Always a great day out visiting Salzburg fortress. Stunning structure that command great views of surrounds. Great outdoor areas with nice beer is always a bonus after a climb up. It's not recommended to use funicular in case you wish to appreciate the structure and surrounding views.
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