This very well preserved cannon and thee others just like it remain aimed out of the portals of Hohensalzburg's Katze bastion. The heavy cast iron portal doors remain open these days. The bastion and its artillery were added during the 30 years war of the mid 1600's. ( yes, this ancient artillery is authentic and not a modern day duplication ). The cannons were not installed to defend the prince archbishop and the other idle elite from the invading Austro-Hungarian army, but against the rightfully angry had most shamefully abused citizens of Salzburg. You will notice that the cannons are aimed not at the sorrounding countryside from which enemy armies would have invaded, but are aimed directly at altstadt Salzburg. The cannons have long since fired their last volleys at the good citizens of Salzburg.
Fondest memory: Our ancestors suffered greatly in slowly gaining the freedom, liberties, and prosperity that we enjoy today. This is my tribute to the real heroes and champions of centuries gone by.
When in Salzburg, be sure to visit the castle on the hill that over looks the old section of the city. The cost is about $2.00 to take the trolly to the top (definitly reccomended), and the tour is approximately $8.00. The tour is self guided which is great for someone like myself who takes forever to look at interesting architecture and paintings, and also great for people who want to skip certain sections. The climax of the tour is a panoramic view from the top of the castle over all of Salzburg. The alps are in view, and the city is beautiful underneath you.
Fondest memory: Hohensalzburg Fortress, built in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard, considerably enlarged by Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach (1495-1519), largest, fully-preserved fortress in central Europe. The medieval princes' apartments and the Fortress Museum are of particular interest. Since 1892 the fortress can easily be reached by funicular railway departing from the Festungsgasse.
The more than 900-year-old citadel dates back to the investiture controversy between emperor and pope over the right to appoint the bishop. As a faithful servant of the pope, Archbishop Gerhard von Salzburg had the strongholds of Hohensalzburg, Hohenwerfen and Friesach built on his sovereign territory in 1077. Expansion of Gebhart's fortifications were temporarily completed under Konrad I (1160 - 1147).
Favorite thing: It is located in the old town. It takes about 15 mins walk to the top or you can use the Festungsbahn funicular. The outlook to the north over the city is simply stupendous. The view to the south is of Alpine peaks, including the Untersberg (1853m).
Favorite thing: It is a breathtaking view that you have from the top and worth every penny that you spent to get here.
Favorite thing: Here's a photo of us at the Hohen Salzburg Fortress... We spent a lot of time looking around the fortress and checking out the amazing views of Salzburg from the top...
Fondest memory: The name tells you alredy,the castle stands above Salzburg Old Town and offers a majestic view to the city.
Favorite thing: Gaze out upon a sight not to be missed atop Mönchsberg at Festung Hohensalzburg. Don't miss the other view as well...