Trip Planner: Europe / Austria / Austrian Alps / Salzburg Region / Salzburg / Fortress Hohensalzburg
Perched atop a hill overlooking Salzburg, Fortress Hohensalzburg bears witness to more than 900 years of Austrian history, demonstrating the supreme power of the archbishops. Construction of this massive fortress began in the 11th century at the request of Archbishop Gebhard I of Helffenstein. The project continued over the centuries, finishing in 1501. Visit the regency rooms, torture chamber, illuminated lower church, and the fortress museum. At an altitude of 506 m (1,660 ft), the watchtower provides views of Salzburg. Purchase the Fortress Card to take advantage of the funicular ride up the steep hill, and delve deeper into the fortress' history with an audio guide. Use our Salzburg trip planner to add Fortress Hohensalzburg and other attractions to your Salzburg vacation plans.
Tours to Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Day Trip from Vienna BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $122
Duration: 13 hours
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $68
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Mozart Concert and Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg with River Cruise BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $90
Duration: 4 hours 10 minutes
Fortress Hohensalzburg Reviews
Die Audioguidetour war etwas kurz, aber schon ganz oke. Am besten fand ich den Ausblick vom Reckenturm und die Erklärungen zur Umgebung. more »The audio guide tour was a bit short, but quite ok. I found the view from the Reckenturm and the explanations of the surroundings best.
Firstly, if you walk from the town it's a steep hike, so allow yourself 20 minutes to do it, but it is free. I arrived an hour before closing, so they only allowed me entry into the outside grounds an... more »
If you come to Salzburg you must visit this fortress. Unfortunately during my visit there was some construction but nonetheless the visit is worth it. You need to plan for a few hours if you want a complete visit. The view from the fortress is breathtaking. If you take time to stop at the restaurant the food is surprisingly good. Good footwear is recommended but not necessary.
Great historical location with lots to see for people of all ages. Children will likely enjoy the puppet museum. The main museum was good as well, and I recommend paying the extra for the all inclusive ticket. Section C is worth the extra view euros. The old royal rooms are some of the best in Europe.
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