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 bought the Salzburg pass -- well worth it. Take the tram up to the fortress, it's included in the pass too. I was a little surprised that our pass didn't get us in to all of the fortress. Probably....  more
    We bought the Salzburg pass -- well worth it. Take the tram up to the fortress, it's included in the pass too. I was a little surprised that our pass didn't get us in to all of the fortress. Probably....  more »
  • The views are absolutely spectacular. We attended a Mozart concert in the castle which was wonderful. However, it is worth exploring on its own. 
    The views are absolutely spectacular. We attended a Mozart concert in the castle which was wonderful. However, it is worth exploring on its own.  more »
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  • Amazing views from the top tower. Worth to take the funicular up and don't walk ... also worth to take the funicular down. Inside the castle the exhibitions are nice, but worth 4 stars and not 5 stars. Yet, this Fortress is one if not the top attraction that Salzburg has to offer. Go and enjoy. Not that expensive and they have family tickets.
  • 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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