Fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg

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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.
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  • We reached Fortress Hohensalzburg by the Festungsbahn Funnicular Tram. One can also walk up at no cost but its quite steep to walk up but its downhill returning. Its located in the Salzburg Alstadt....  more
    We reached Fortress Hohensalzburg by the Festungsbahn Funnicular Tram. One can also walk up at no cost but its quite steep to walk up but its downhill returning. Its located in the Salzburg Alstadt....  more »
  • Just past the cathedral you can take a funicular (fast and efficient) up the steep hill to this great castle. You can choose a "Basic Ticket" which allows you to see the important things at the top.....  more
    Just past the cathedral you can take a funicular (fast and efficient) up the steep hill to this great castle. You can choose a "Basic Ticket" which allows you to see the important things at the top.....  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing and a romantic experience! The short train ride up to the castle was fun. The views from the top looking down over this romantic little city was breathtaking. Inside the Fortress were highly interesting exhibitions. Great food and friendly staff. Just perfect for couples and families with children. Can't wait to go back.
  • I visited this area for the first time. It is a very quiet and decent place in the Austrian region. I think I visited during a beautiful seasonal period. The historical and cultural structure in its region is unique. Its people are proud of their history. We had a fun and informative time. I have planned to come to the city and visit the city in the following years.

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