Fortress HohensalzburgCurrently Closed
- 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
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.
Fortress Hohensalzburg is also featured in 15 Days Europe trip Itinerary.
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.
- 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.
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
- 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).
- Bus 270 stops at Salzburg Justizgebaude (Hellbrunner Strabe) bus station.
- Rent or hire a car/taxi.
- Restaurant K & K
- St. Peter’s Stiftskeller
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92.81% 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
Funicular ride was fast- shorter than we expected. The fortress was interesting to the adults in the group, especially because we're into history and military history (especially because of the WWI info). The kids liked the marionette exhibit, but sped through the rest of the stuff.
Great views to enjoy dinner in a majestic castle. Families and couple can enjoy dinner in a friendly staff willing to help. Concert after dinner lasting 1.5 hours during the concert. Make reservations for the dinner in the castle, one will be turned away.
Beautiful place to visit: included in the Salzburg card is the funicular and audio tour which takes you to the tower after an introduction into the birth and development of the castle (and you get to see the old organ). More interesting is the other part of the fortress with furniture and various ancient objects found on the site, some excavations, the regiments museum and the Prince's rooms (consisting of three decorated rooms- charged extra).Crowded.
Amazingly well managed on multiple levels, for a diverse linguistic tourist base. The castle, museums and book shops were fascinating, and the souvenir shop is very cute. The castle is everything one would expect: grand, historically relevant, well preserved and maintained. Worth visiting again.
Doesn't look very interesting from the outside, but once you learn about the history it becomes quite amazing. And you will learn about the fortress through the interesting audio guide tour, 'magic theatre' and various audio explanations within the state rooms. Do book online for a 2euro discount.