The Hohensalzburg Fortress, the chief landmark of Mozart's city, is the largest completely preserved fortress in central Europe. It was built in 1077, enlarged in 1500 and completed in 1681. It has the oldest organ in the world still in working condition. The fortress dominates the skyline and is well worth a few hours attention, if you are young and fit as I was back in 1970 you can make your way up on foot. The other more popular method is to use the Castle Lift.
October to April
Sunday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
May to September
Sunday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Children (6-14): €4.40
Or with Lift included
Children (6-14): €6.30
Walking through a tunnel at Hohensalzburg fortress, was where I came across a lot of cannons lined up at open windows.
A peep through the window gave wonderful views of Salzburg, making it easy to imagine how well these cannon's could hit a target in the city.
As it happened, the Fortress has never come under fire, in fact, it was only during the Peasants War that a number of towns folk managed to get control of a cannon in the city itself, and fire upon the castle. The damage of this blast can still be seen today.
Because of the castle's lack of battle experience, it is one of the best preserved fortresses in Europe.
The Courtyard was where I found the Church which was dedicated to St. George, the protector of horses. A look at the outside, and I found some nice red marble reliefs and a sun dial painted on the wall.
It is in this courtyard, where modern day medieval fairs, etc are held.
We arrived at Hohensalzburg Fortress by Funicular.
The Fortress was built in the 11th century, some of it is over 900 years old. It is the largest unconquered fortress in Europe.
The construction of the Hohensalzburg Fortress began in 1077, the towers and ring walls were constructed in 1462.
Before heading into the Fortress itself, take time to have a look over the walls, because the view over Salzburg is fantastic!
OPEN DAILY... 9:30am-5pm ...January-April and October
Last entry 30 min. before closing.
ADMISSION....€10.50 for adults (€7.40 without funicular)
€6 for children aged 6-14 years (€4.20 without funicular), under 6s go free.
FREE WITH SALZBURG CARD
Hohensalzburg Castle is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. It stands today as one of the best preserved castles in Europe.
Construction of the fortress began in 1077, the ring walls and towers were built in 1462.
In the 19th century, it was used as barracks, storage depot and dungeon before being abandoned as a military outpost in 1861.
You can’t miss it. The castle. Perched on top of a hill on the western side of the river, above the old town.
You can walk up, or take the funicular. The latter takes 11 seconds, or thereby. I have no knowledge of the walking route. To be fair to myself, I’d walk usually. Maybe even run. But I was just recovering from tendonitis in an Achilles tendon, so the fat boy route was doctor’s orders. She who must be obeyed... But seriously, rupturing an Achilles tendon would not have made for a fun visit.
It’s worth the entrance money for the views alone, but the rest is great too. We were there in mid april, just after Easter, so it was pretty quiet. I suspect it will be swarming with touroids in the main seasons, so maybe best to go first thing in the morning.
I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Hohensalzburg is one of the largest European fortresses built in the 16th century.
You can have a wonderful panoramic view of the city from its towers.
Here is fortress administration data just in case:
+43 0662 84 24 30 11,
Fax +43 0662 82 24 30 20
Hohensalzburg, the home of the Archbishops of Salzburg for centuries, is still a draw, both for what's inside and the views from it. You can stroll around the grounds, enjoy the views from the ramparts, visit the Palace Museum, or tour the fortress itself (the latter must be done with an escorted tour, but there is no additional charge).
To get there, you have the choice of taking the funicular ("Festungsbahn") from the vicinity of St Peter's Cemetery, or walking. If you choose to take the funicular, cost of admission is EUR 10.50 per adult, EUR 6 per child, and EUR 24.30 per family (round trip on the funicular included). If you walk, admission is EUR 7.50 per person. You can save a bit of money if you go up within one hour of closing time, or after hours.
Opening hours for the castle are 9 AM to 7PM May-September, 9:30-5PM off-season.
Originally built in 1077, Hohensalzburg has evolved into Europe's largest fortification. It is very well preserved, thanks in large part to its favourable position and the fact it was never overtaken. (It was, however, voluntarily handed over to Napoleon after he conquered Salzburg.)
My personal highlight of the fortress was the ever-present turnip symbol of Prince Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschacht. No one really knows why von Keutschacht chose this unusual symbol, but he had a considerable role in expanding and decorating the fortress in the 15th century - which is why the turnip can now be found in 58 different places.
If you do not wish to walk all the way up, you will be glad to know a funicular up to the fortress was installed in 1892. It is located on Festungsgasse.
The fortress museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer, with earlier closing times the rest of the year (5 p.m. or 6 p.m., depending on the season).
The castle was built beginning in 1077 and served the rulers of Salzburg. Today it is home to a few museums like a puppetmuseum and the Festungsmuseum.
The whole place breaths history. Marvelous views on the city below. It is possible to walk up the hill and visit the castle or to go by cablecar.
Jan - April and Oct. - Dec. 09.30-17.00 hrs.
May-June-September 09.00-18.00 hrs.
July-August 09.00-19.00 hrs.
Admission for Festungsbahn - alle Museums - Tour with Audioguide - Fürstenzimmer
Children 6-14 yrs. € 5.70
Familiecard € 23.10 for 2 Adults, with two children
The only way to get up to Hohensalzburg Fortress is to ride the Funicular - this is entertainment in itself - flying up the rocky face of the mountain, with a birds-eye-view of Salzburg town. The cost is 8.50 Euros per person. This Fortress was built with the proceeds of Salt Mining in the area, and you can't get the full scope of the size of the building until you're actually up there. There is also a museum you can enter with lots of historical memorabilia, but unfortunately I can't remember the cost for entry. Be warned though - no-where in the Fortress takes credit cards - not even the museums or cafes, so please be sure to take cash out before jumping on the funicular. There is a travelogue with more photos to follow....
The Hohensalzburg Fortress is the largest fully-preserved fortess in central Europe.
It is on a hill looking over Salzburg, giving you amazing views and great photo opportunities!
A short funicular ride will get you to the Fortress.
A well preserved fortress on the top of a hill. Stunning view from the city centre. Mostly built in 15th and 16th centuries, its exterior looks very powerful, while the interior is surprisingly decorated. A glimpse of Central European history.
I'd recommend a visit to the fortress during a trip to Salzburg, or at least a climb onto the Mönchberg. Though I am young, a direct walk to the fortress was rather perilous in the winter because of the incredible steepness mixed with slush - I would recommend taking transportation. Walking around Mönchberg itself was not bad though. You can take a guided audio tour that begins at certain times, so plan accordingly. Some of the most interesting parts are actually in the museum where there are living areas, weapons, musical instruments, and torture devices. And the best part might be the views from the fortress.
The Hohensalzburg Fortress, built in 1077 on a block of dolomite rock high above the Salzach, is considered to be Europe's largest fortification. Its quite a complex up here and its worth taking one of the tours or getting an audio-guide to tell you all about it - some parts of the fortress can only be visited with guided and is limitedf to 40 people at one time - so best to check if there is a queue first. The stae rooms are quite amazing to see, very ornately decoprated. The puppet theatre room is interesting and you can make some funny photos with the cut outs on the props yes you too can be Maria Von Trapp for a while!
Beside this there is an interesting war museum , musical insturmetns and objects of torture.
We spent a nearly 3 hours up here during our latest visit in 2010 but really could have spent longer. The views over the city are impressive too. Save time and take the funicular up, you can get an inclusive ticket. Cost in 2010 was 10.50 euros - excellent value really for all there is to see.