Fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg

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Fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

Phone: +43662-84243011

Ticket Price: 12 EUR

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Time Required: 02:30 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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

Standard ticket:

  • Adult: 15.20 Euros
  • Child (6-14): 8.70 Euros
  • Family: 33.70 Euros

Fortress Hohensalzburg Opening and Closing 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

  • Festungsrestaurant
  • Purzelbaum
  • Restaurant K & K
  • St. Peter’s Stiftskeller 

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  • Dramatic fortress overlooking the city. Many stairs to climb to reach it. Or they have a fun funicular to carry you up. The inside is a nice history museum looking at the progression of the military. Interesting history displayed although not too much to differentiate it from other fortresses in Europe. The views make up for it. There is a really great restaurant up there as well where you can feast like kings for reasonable prices.

  • We loved exploring the fortress, it was beautiful and really well organized. We ran out of time to explore everything there and would have happily spent many hours there. The exhibitions were detailed and interesting and the combination of free roaming and audio guided tour was good. The price was excellent value in my view, we spent €15.50 each for 2 adults for a ride up in the little fenicular railway and entry to all the exhibits. The views were spectacular. Well worth a visit. Top tip, keep an eye out for the entrances to the sections as the are not all that obvious, and you could easily miss sections!

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  • Too good location and on one day route for whole Salzburg. You can spend all your day too here. Well managed place and the train to go at top is also a great thing. It meant to create for travellers and tourists. Saw too much foreigners here. Mostly from East Asia and South Asia.

  • A must visit place! There is an upscale restaurant located up in fortress. If you don't have payed for the classic music concert room, make sure you visit this place before 5 PM (except the restaurant and the concert room, they close pretty much all other places up there).

  • Awe inspiring vistas. Take your time to read through the displays, as the exhibits do a better than average job infusing regional or continental affairs with the expansion and ebb of the fortress. In many ways it's a minimalist tour but you come to appreciate the frequent reveals of the old walls, foundation, and other workings. You can skip the creepy marionettes, however...

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