The Mönchsberg rises steeply from the surrounding city and at the top is one of the greatest sights in Salzburg. The Hohensalzburg Fortress can be seen from afar and, as the largest completely preserved castle in Central Europe, is a real tourist magnet.
You can both climb to the castle and use the fortress train. The castle is open all year round and offers you an impressive insight into its history. When you stroll through the huge fortress, an audio guide will explain the most important facts to you.
March 15, 2018
Not only the fortress is a real highlight, it is also worth visiting the year-round events such as fortress concerts, evening tours, or the festive Advent market during Advent.
July 10, 2018
The Hohensalzburg Fortress is the landmark of the city of Salzburg. It is located on a city mountain above the city of Salzburg, the Festungsberg, which continues to the northwest into the Mönchsberg. The branch in the east of the fortress mountain is called Nonnberg, on which the Benedictine women's monastery Nonnberg is located directly under the eastern outer facilities of the fortress - the Nonnbergbasteien. The Hohensalzburg Fortress is one of the largest castles in Europe with over 7,000 m² of built-up area (including the bastions over 14,000 m²). It is Europe's largest castle complex, which dates back to the 11th century, it is the largest completely preserved castle in Central Europe and, with over one million visitors annually, the most frequently visited attraction in Austria outside of Vienna, although only Schönbrunn Palace and the zoo in the federal capital Schönbrunn and the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is surpassed
July 30, 2019
Hohensalzburg is thanks to the good state of preservation and the location a crowd puller. The outer fortification can be visited without a guide; for an inside visit (salt magazine, torture chamber, tower, battlements, Salzburg bull) a guided tour with audio guides is available; the interiors in the high floor (prince rooms, museums) are visited alone.
November 24, 2016
The Salzburg Fortress has a very extensive museum. From the various terraces you have a wonderful view over Salzburg.
The footpath to the fortress is quite steep !!! A trip on the funicular is recommended. If you have problems with your knees, you should take the train back down to town.
August 16, 2018
From 2017 to the end of 2018, the fortress museum with its 1,270 square meters was redesigned step by step. It was completed in 2019, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach and the assumption of office of his successor Matthäus Lang in 1519. 750,000 euros were invested for this.
The tour through a total of 13 rooms is designed as a sequence of topics. The presentation focuses on one story per room. It all starts with the construction of the fortress, the sequence and the special status of the Salzburg archbishops. Then you can follow the early urban development of Salzburg and in the museum kitchen of the fortress you not only get an insight into the supply and nutrition of the population, but also into the social order of the Middle Ages. The focus is on the doctor Paracelsus and the "Mönch von Salzburg", who works as a songwriter and composer. An archeology insight reveals finds of medieval toys and evidence of the early settlement history of today's fortress area.
July 30, 2019
The over 900 year old fortress is Europe's largest fortress from the 11th century and one of the best preserved fortresses in Europe. The construction of the fortress began during the investiture dispute between the German Emperor Heinrich IV and Pope Gregor in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard with the aim of protecting the prince-archbishopric and the population. The archbishop was logically committed to the Pope at the same time. At that time Salzburg was still part of Bavaria (until around 1330/50) and also part of the Roman-German Empire (until 1803).
The fortress is not only worth a visit with a guided tour because of its exciting history: the view over the city and the Salzburg basin up to the peripheral mountains (Osterhorn group, Salzburg Kalkhochalpen, Berchtesgaden and Chiemgau Alps) make the Hohensalzburg fortress a popular excursion destination. The fortress is visited by around 900,000 people every year. On peak days in August, up to 7,000 people come to the fortress, which is also the capacity limit. With 996,000 visitors, the Hohensalzburg Fortress recorded the best result ever in 2012.
October 21, 2019
Super day trip by rail to Salzburg. From the station over to the Kapuzinerberg, the stairs up and over the mountain in the middle of the city. Then down into the city, through the pedestrian area through the cathedral square and on up to the Wannsberg fortress Hohensalzburg. Even if the price is not cheap, the fortress is always worth a visit and the view of the mountains and the city is just great. If you get hungry and thirsty then go on over the Wannsberg over to Augustiner Bräu and finish there with great food and drink and then back to the train station and take the train home :-)
March 23, 2018
The fortress Hohensalzburg towers high on the Mönchsberg above the roofs of the baroque old town. As the largest completely preserved castle in Central Europe, the landmark of Salzburg attracts millions of tourists every year to the city of Mozart. Archbishop Gebhard built the fortress in 1077 and decisively shaped the Salzburg city panorama. In the following years his successors were responsible for the further development of the fortress architecture. Around 1500, the fortress under Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach received its current appearance. The original purpose of the fortress was to protect the principality and the archbishops from enemy attacks. In all these years she was never taken by foreign troops.
The fortress is open all year round. Since 1892, it is easily accessible not only on foot, but also with the fortress railway from the Festungsgasse. A special highlight of the fortress, in addition to the medieval princely rooms, is the fortress museum with historical exhibits from the archiepiscopal court life. The Marionette Museum as well as the Rainer Regimental Museum also invite to a journey into the past. In addition, the more than 900-year-old fortress is the venue for the well-known Salzburg Fortress Concerts.
June 6, 2017
The Princely Rooms on the 3rd floor consist of the Princely Hall or the Golden Hall and the Golden Room, which consists of two rooms. Its equipment is original and unchanged since 1501/1502.
The coffered ceilings were set in lapis lazuli  blue, azure or royal blue, the knobs (stars) are gold-plated; this gives an artistic imitation of the night sky.
In the Golden Hall there are four mighty twisted columns made of Adnet marble and the ceiling is supported by a single tram beam with a span of more than 20 m.
The tiled stove in the Golden Room is equipped with many representative enamel fields or other unique details: e.g. B. Coat of arms of Salzburg and Prince Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach; Adoration by the Magi; the 'long Hans' (in the corner), the supernaturally elongated figure of a young man, dressed in the fashion of the High Middle Ages; the lion feet under the base.
July 30, 2019
On the third floor of the fortress, next to the fortress museum and the Rainer regiment museum, there are the so-called prince rooms, consisting of the prince's hall, the golden room and the golden hall. The furnishings in these rooms are original and have been unchanged since 1501/1502. The imitation of the night sky, consisting of golden stars on an azure and royal blue background, and the tiled stove in the golden room are particularly impressive.
Info: City of Salzburg
February 8, 2019
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