Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen, Werfen

#8 of 70 in Historic Sites in Salzburg Region
Castle · Tourist Spot
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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  • The castle location is very impressive and the road up to is , is also very nice. I didnt see it all, because I had to take the guided tour, but what I did see was very good. The restaurant was good.....  more »
  • Pros Booked online to avoid queues. Caught lift up. Falconry display was excellent! Worth getting a seat at the bottom of the hill for full experience. Walked down and took advantage to a couple of...  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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