Known as the “City of Mozart,” Salzburg has so much to offer during your visit. From great food to medieval castles to breathtaking views, your visit to this Austrian gem is sure not to disappoint. One place that you definitely want to make time for is the Hohensalzburg Fortress, which is full of rich history.
As one of the oldest, fully-preserved castles in Europe, The Hohensalzburg Fortress has sat atop the city of Salzburg since 1077. This Austrian castle does a wonderful job of showing some of the medieval histories of the city. As with many fortresses, the original purpose of this complex was to prevent the principality and archbishop from attacks from outsiders. I’m sure they are happy to say that not once has the fortress been captured.
With the help of the Salzburg Card, we were easily able to visit the castle using the Fortress Funicular. This card also gives you free entrance to many of the attractions in Salzburg, so I highly suggest getting one during your visit!
The fortress is open year round, so visiting any time is an option! You can take the easy way up like we did, using the funicular, or you have the option to walk up to the castle on foot. If you have time, I would suggest taking one way there and another on your return journey. If you happen to be there on a Sunday morning, at 11:45 a fanfare is performed from the Trumpeter’s Tower, making your visit feel even a little more special.
This can truly be an all-day affair. Not only does the castle have food offerings, but its many museums can keep you busy for hours on end. Inside of the Princes’ Chambers, you will see rooms that consist of original furnishing that have remained unchanged since 1502. The Fortress Museum consists of historical exhibits that show how the archbishops once lived. You can also check out the Marionette Museum, Altes Zeughaus, and the Museum of the Rainer Regiment during your visit.
Undoubtedly one of my favorite parts about this visit to the fortress was the unbeatable views. From the gorgeous mountains in the distance to the views of the historic churches below, these views are some of the best I’ve had the pleasure to see. Do yourself a favor, and the next time you find yourself planning a trip to Austria, be sure to include this magical city full of views that you won’t soon forget.