The Mönchsberg towers steeply out of the surrounding town and up there is one of the biggest attractions in Salzburg. The fortress Hohensalzburg can be seen from afar and as the largest fully preserved castle in Central Europe a real tourist magnet.
You can either climb up to the castle or use the fortress path. The castle is open year-round and gives you an impressive insight into their history. As you stroll through the mighty fortress, an audio guide will explain the most important facts.
March 15, 2018
The fortress Hohensalzburg is the landmark of the city of Salzburg. It is located on a city hill above the city of Salzburg, the fortress mountain, which continues northwest into the Mönchsberg. The foothills in the east of the fortress hill is called Nonnberg, on which directly below the eastern grounds of the fortress - the Nonnbergbasteien - the Benedictine nun Nonnberg is located. Fortress Hohensalzburg is one of the largest castles in Europe with more than 7,000 m² of built-up area (including the bastions over 14,000 m²). It is Europe's largest castle complex dating back to the 11th century, it is the largest fully preserved castle in Central Europe and with over one million visitors a year the most visited sight of Austria outside of Vienna, and in the federal capital only of Schönbrunn Palace and the Tiergarten Schönbrunn and the Kunsthistorisches Museum ViennaSource: Wikipedia
July 30, 2019
Not only the fortress is a real highlight, it is also worthwhile to visit the events that take place all year round, such as fortress concerts, evening tours, or the festive Advent market during the Advent season.
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July 10, 2018
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 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
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 of Salzburg has a very detailed museum. From the various terraces you have a beautiful view over Salzburg.
The walk to the fortress is quite steep !!! Highly recommended is the ride on the funicular. If you have problems with your knees, you should take the train down to the city again.
August 16, 2018
The prince rooms on the 3rd floor consist of the Fürstenaal or the Goldener Saal, as well as the Goldene Stube, consisting of two rooms. Their equipment is original and unchanged since 1501/1502.
The Kasettendecken were in lapis lazuli  -Blue, azure or royal blue taken, the nubs (stars) are gilded; this results in an artistic imitation of the night sky.
In the Golden Hall are four mighty twisted pillars made of Adnet marble and the ceiling is supported by a single Trambalken with a span of more than 20 m.
The tiled stove in the Golden Stube is equipped with many representative enamel panels or other unique details: z. B. Coat of arms of Salzburg and Prince-Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach; Adoration by the Hl. Three kings; the 'long Hans' (in the corner), the supernaturally stretched figure of a young man, dressed in the fashion of the High Middle Ages; the lion's feet under the pedestal.
July 30, 2019
From 2017 until the end of 2018, the fortress museum was gradually redesigned with its 1,270 square meters. In 2019, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach and the inauguration of his successor Matthäus Lang in 1519, it was completed. For this, 750,000 euros were invested.
The tour through a total of 13 rooms is a series of themes. Each room is a story in the center of the presentation. At the beginning there is 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 receives in the museum kitchen of the fortress not only insights into the supply and nutrition of the population, but also in the social order of the Middle Ages. The doctor Paracelsus and the acting as a song poet and composer "Monk of Salzburg" are dedicated emphases. An archaeological insight reveals findings of medieval toys and testimonies of the early settlement history of today's fortress area.
July 30, 2019
The more than 900-year-old fortress is Europe's largest fortress from the 11th century and one of the best-preserved fortifications in Europe. The construction of the fortress began during the Investiture Controversy between the German Emperor Henry IV and Pope Gregory in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard with the purpose to protect prince bishopric and population. The archbishop was, however, logically obliged to the pope at the same time. At that time Salzburg was still a part of Bavaria (until around 1330/50) and also part of the Roman-German empire (until 1803).The fortress is worth a visit, not only because of its exciting history: the views over the city and the Salzburg basin to the edge mountains (Osterhorn group, Salzburger Kalkhochalpen, Berchtesgaden and Chiemgau Alps) make the fortress Hohensalzburg a popular destination. The fortress is visited annually by about 900 000 people. On peak days in August, up to 7,000 people come to the fortress, which also reaches the capacity limit. With its 996,000 visitors, the Hohensalzburg Fortress had the best result ever in 2012.sn.at/wiki/Festung_Hohensalzburg
October 21, 2019
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