View of the Old Town with Hohensalzburg Fortress from Kapuzinerberg Hill ©Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Tour of the fortress Hohensalzburg

You can also visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress online with a tour of the fortress. On the fortress tour in the video you can enjoy the great view of the city of Salzburg and the surrounding area. And experience 1000 years of history in fast forward and let it come alive.

“The Mozart city of Salzburg is overlooked by the walls of Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of the largest existing castle complexes in Europe, dating from the 11th century. The impressive structure is remarkable evidence of the former representational aspirations and authoritarian-political demonstration of power of the prince-archbishops. The aim of this complex was to protect the principality and the archbishops from attacks. In fact, the fortress never had to prove its defensive function. Most of the time the prince archbishops lived in the Residenz zu Salzburg, the city palace in the heart of the old town,” says Hohensalzburg Fortress in its self-description.

It is exciting to look through the windows and loopholes at the top of the fortress to the city below and imagine how our ancestors organized their lives a thousand years ago. There are numerous videos about this, including approaching the fortress with a parachute. Thus, a visit to the fortress is an experience that makes 1000 years of history come alive. No matter which way you approach it, be it with the fortress train, on foot or even with a parachute.

Landmark of the city

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is the landmark of the city and the province of Salzburg and a must for visitors. The fortress train takes you quickly up the mountain, and the fortress train can be used with the Salzburg Card. But you can also walk up – or maybe better walk down? In any case, a visit to the fortress is an experience. Here’s to hopefully seeing you live in Salzburg again soon.

Hohensalzburg Fortress is open to visitors July and August: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (museums, Fürstenzimmer, Magic Theater 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.). September to December: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Advent weekends 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Published 4. April 2020Updated 28. March 2023
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