The Hohensalzburg Fortress is a real eye catcher high above the baroque towers of the city. As landmark in the castle’s distinctive part of the world famous silhouette of Salzburg. Powerful it appears to visitors from afar, up close history can be experienced behind its thick walls. It is a 900 year old monument and one of the largest existing castles in Europe from the 11th century. In every crevice in the wall and in every corner seem hidden legends and myths; interesting backgrounds as narrated stories.
Moreover, it is important to discover the torture chamber, the lighted lower chapel and the palace Museum. Or just stay for a few moments under the ancient lime tree in the idyllic courtyard.
The steep rock cone has been estimated over the centuries as a strategic location at the northern edge of the Alps. In 1077 for the first time a fortification on the residential town was built under the Archbishop’s then Gebhard I von Helffenstein. The reason for this first construction was the investiture controversy between the German Emperors.
After Archbishop Gebhard 1085 forced into exile, his successors have completed the other construction projects. The Hohensalzburg Fortress was built in three phases, which always opposed the development of far reaching offensive weapons stronger fortifications. With the cozy castle tavern and the restaurant Fortress Hohensalzburg invite two renowned restaurants a on the Fortress for culinary retreat.
The premises of the restaurant include the Wappensaal that Zirbenstube that Prince room that Wolf Dietrich room that Leonhard room and the Paris Lodron Stube. Urban and panoramic terrace promise a splendid view over the Mozart city and the mountains. Particularly quaint are the historic Castle Hall and the Gothic vault of the castle tavern.
The Hohensalzburg Fortress is located in the heart of Mozart’s Salzburg and can be reached by funicular or on foot. The valley station of the funicular to reach the old town. The funicular runs every ten minute intervals and takes just a minute to the mountain fortress.
The walk will take about twenty minutes to complete. The road leads through the Festungsgasse up to the entrance and continue through the barrier sheets in the courtyard. Due to the relatively steep terrain sturdy footwear is recommended. While the audio guide guides take you through the interiors in groups, museums and state rooms can be visited individually. Take for your trip at least one to two hours time and decide your journey back to medieval Salzburg with a culinary stop at the castle tavern or in the fortress restaurant.
Of the popular fortress concerts up to the romantic Christmas market in the castle courtyard throughout the year numerous events are held on the Fortress.