Fortress HohensalzburgCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
- Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +43662-84243011
- Ticket Price: 12 EUR
- Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
- Tags: View Point, Castle, Family And Kids, Architecture
Fortress Hohensalzburg - Review
Sitting atop a small mountain, glaring down at the city, the Salzburg Fortress is a place of beauty with a rich past. Gradually enlarged over centuries, the 250 meter long and 150 meter wide fortress is the largest preserved medieval fortress in the whole of Europe. The austere looking exterior hides sumptuous state rooms within, along with a torture chamber and a marionette museum! Today, the fortress has become popular amongst travelers due its history, architecture and the activities available here. Like many places in the country, it looks like an apparition straight out of a story book.
Founded in 1077, the fortress was build to protect the interests of the city’s archbishops. The only time it came under attack was in 1525, during the German Peasants’ War. In 1612 the deposed Archbishop died there, imprisoned. During the Thirty Years’ War, various parts of the fortress were added such as its gunpowder stores and gatehouses. It was later used as a storage depot and dungeon was abandoned as a military outpost in 1861. Post the 19th century, the fortress was refurbished and became a popular tourist attraction. A cable car was attached, leading from the town into the castle. During the 20th century, it was a prison, holding Italian POW’s and Nazi Activists within its belly. In recent times, it has appeared on a commemorative coin and the 900th issue of the Austrian Mint magazine.
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Inside the fortress lies numerous rooms, some beautiful and some macabre. There is the splendid Golden Room and the Burgmuseum, which holds a lovely collection of art. The Rainers museum is full of arms, armour and ammunition from medieval time. There’s even a torture chamber, filled with the most spine tingling devices from that age, though they were used in a different castle and are just stored here. Close to this chamber, is an exquisite chapel built in Gothic style. A 200 pipe organ, nicknamed ‘The Bull’, is played daily during the warmer months, and its music reverberates throughout the establishment. If you climb up to the lookout post, you will see a stunning view of Salzburg. Some of the rooms hold special exhibitions, including a marionette museum, which will prove to be an enchanting preview to the Welt Der Marionetten, which is close by.
Visitors can visit the fortress by walking up the foot path or they can take the Festungsbahn (the cable car), the latter being more advisable for the elderly and those with small children. You can treat yourself to pastry and coffee in the dungeon!
Warning: But if you go don't linger afterwards. The lift is only open for one or two trips down. We chose to walk down and being dress up for the concert that was difficult. The road within the fortress goes straight down and it is very slick clay. Nice walk, but not if you are in heals or do not have any traction on your shoes.
Fortress Hohensalzburg Information
- The Salzburg card is a must!
- Taking the funicular will provide you with great views.
- Walking up hill will be worth the effort as well.
- The lift is only open for one or two trips down.
- The road within the fortress goes straight down and it is very slick clay. Nice walk, but difficult if you are in heels or do not have any traction on your shoes.
- The climb up is strenuous with a significantly steep incline and not for the weak at heart.
- Recommendations: The view at the top is stunning, the fort over-looks the city and you get wonderful sunset views.
Fortress Hohensalzburg Ticket Prices
Given price is for basic ticket for adults.
Online tickets are also available. For details refer official website.
Basic ticket (without State rooms or magical theatre):
- Adults: 12 Euros
- Child (6-14): 6.80 Euros
- Family: 26.60 Euros
- Adult: 15.20 Euros
- Child (6-14): 8.70 Euros
- Family: 33.70 Euros
Fortress Hohensalzburg Hours
- Advent weekends and Easter: 9:30 am–6:00 pm
- Final admission 30 minutes before closing.
- More on Fortress Museum inside Fortress hohensalzburg: Combined ticket- ascent and descent cable railway, fortress courtyards, peel towers, State Rooms, Fortress Museum, Rainer Regiment Museum, Marionette Museum, Sound and Vision Show, Almpassage. Tour with audio guide in 9 languages of the interior area (gallery, torture chamber, observation tower, “SalzburgerStier” -mechanical organ).
How To reach Fortress Hohensalzburg by Public Transport
- Bus 270 stops at Salzburg Justizgebaude (Hellbrunner Strabe) bus station.
- Rent or hire a car/taxi.
Restaurants Near Fortress Hohensalzburg
- Restaurant K & K
- St. Peter’s Stiftskeller
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Things to Know Before Visiting Fortress Hohensalzburg
92.89% of people who visit Salzburg include Fortress Hohensalzburg in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
47.63% of people start their Fortress Hohensalzburg visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
2 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Fortress Hohensalzburg
56.9% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fortress Hohensalzburg
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Fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg Reviews
Visiting the Castle Hohensalzburg is a must-do while in Salzburg. If you are sporty enough you can walk up to the castle otherwise there is a cable railway. You can decide between a basic and a all-inclusive entry which both include a ride down with the cable railway. There are different exhibitions and also a audio-guide-tour which is included in both entries. I already tried out both entries and can recommend either. If you are not interested into art and history, you still got the amazing and breathtaking view over Salzburg.
Busy place. Lots of stair climbing and hustle and bustle. Definitely plan to pay to see the museum. Great views of the city from here. Good photo ops. Great amber jewelry spot at the end of the tram. Take the tram the stairs are brutal!
One of the best views here in Salzburg. This place was walking distance from the train station and I could not be happier. We came in the afternoon and had lunch and walked our way up here. During sunset was the best time as it provided a very beautiful panoramic view of the entire town. The sun just lit the sky giving it a memorable visit. We took a tram up to the fortress as it was very convenient and good little breather from all the walking. The castle was great for exploration as it had so many places to check out the views.
As can be expected with something as large and old as it is, there are a lot of areas under restoration/modernization work at the time of this writing. The price was fair. I walked up to the castle and it took a little less than 10 minutes from where they were selling tram tickets up the hill. It's a beautiful walk but rather steep. If your in shape it's highly recommend you will have some amazing views. If your in town it's worth the time.expect to spend 5 or more hours here and make sure to eat and drink at one of the outdoor restaurants overlooking the city or countryside you will not regret it. The panorama view was taken on my Nexus camera from the dinner table on the date of this writing.
How can you say no to visiting a fortress? I do not think it is possible. That is why the Fortress Hohensalzburg is one place you MUST visit while in Salzburg, Austria. The history, the art, and the Mozart concert are truly amazing! The view, oh wow, the view is breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking!!! Do NOT pass up the chance to see this! I promise you that it is worth seeing!