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Hohensalzburg Fortress

The Hohensalzburg fortress consists of a walled Romanesque palace, and the living quarters, that still constitute the core of the complex.

Numerous outbuildings and an own church are definitely not missing in the fortress complex.

The Hohensalzburg fortress was converted at the end of the 19th century.

Fortress Hohensalzburg

It can be easily accessed with the fortress train from 1892. The ascent is barely 1 minute.

  • Magnificent view in all directions of the city and the country of Salzburg
  • Tour through the main castle of the Salzburg sovereigns with personal audio guide in 7 languages
  • Salzburg’s landmark, high above the roofs of the city. Access with the fortress train or with a steep footpath
  • Medieval castle complex and modern fortress with 900 year of building history
  • Opened daily
  • Fortress museum with museum café and museum shop
  • Rainer-Regiment museum, marionettes museum (opened May-October)
  • Multi-vision show (German, English, Italian)
  • Evening concerts in a stylish setting
  • Castle tavern and fortress restaurant
  • Visitors & information centre
  • Many special programs and events


The fortress was built in 1077 by the sovereign Gebhard I. von Helffenstein in the course of the Investiture Controversy between the German Emperor Heinrich IV and Pope Gregor.

The Archbishop Gebhard was forced into exile in 1085 and his castle projects where completely ended by his successor. It is nowadays Europe’s largest fortress complex with more than 14.000 sq. m. building site.

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is owned by the country. However it is administered by the state of Salzburg since 1953. Numerous events vivify the fortress all year round, as well as the romantic inner ward and the bastions.

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