Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen, Werfen

Hohenwerfen Castle is a medieval rock castle, situated on a 623m precipice overlooking the Austrian market town of Werfen in the Salzach valley, approximately 40km south of Salzburg. The fortress is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps and the adjacent Tennen Mountains. Hohenwerfen is a "sister" of Hohensalzburg Castle, both built by the Archbishops of Salzburg in the 11th century.
The fortification was built between 1075 and 1078 at the behest of Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg during the Imperial Investiture Controversy, meant as a strategic bulwark atop a 155m high rock. Gebhard, an ally of Pope Gregory VII and the anti-king Rudolf of Rheinfelden, had three major castles extended to secure the route across the Eastern Alps along the Salzach river against the forces of King Henry IV of Germany: Hohenwerfen, Hohensalzburg and Petersberg Castle at Friesach in Carinthia. Nevertheless, King Henry had Gebhard expelled in 1077 and the archbishop could not return to Salzburg until 1086, only to die at Hohenwerfen two years later.
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  • Visited with our children who are 14 and 10 - fantastic place. I’m not sure how interesting it would be for very young children. The weather was lovely so the view of the fortress on top of the hill.....  more »
  • I was stationed in Germany from 2000-2002. At the end of 2000 some coworkers invited me skiing with them in Obertauern, Austria. On the way down I was just taking in the sights from the back seat...  more »
  • The site from the movie "Where Eagles Dare" - definitely a must-see. Certain areas of the Castle is for guided tours only, which is kinda a shame, but if you have the patience to stand in the long line, I am sure the wait will be rewarded.
  • The castle is so beautiful and an amazing history behind it. The thing I hated the most is ‘Bird show’ and people clapping and thinking it is normal to show their kids that animal cruelty is fine. No it’s not, we don’t see behind the scenes training for these poor birds. I think the castle unique beauty & mountains are enough to attract the travellers and doesn’t need any display of an animal cruelty.
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