Festung Hohensalzburg


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Festung Hohensalzburg

Perched atop the Festungsberg at an elevation of 506 metres, Hohensalzburg Fortress stands as an expansive medieval stronghold. Commissioned by the prince-archbishops of Salzburg, this grand fortress spans an impressive length of 250 metres and a width of 150 metres, making it one of Europe's largest medieval castles. Ascend to Hohensalzburg Fortress via the cableway and be treated to awe-inspiring vistas. To the north, the city reveals its array of church spires, while to the south, the majestic Alps paint a breathtaking backdrop.

Do & See

The medieval and baroque area of the city holds the esteemed status of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, boasting an array of impressive historical landmarks, museums, and other attractions. Take a stroll along the banks of the River Salzach and immerse yourself in the town's rich history while also catching glimpses of contemporary architecture and the modern world. Fortress Hohensalzburg perches regally at the top of the 'Festungsberg' and is one of the largest fortified defence systems in Europe. Gazing down to the foot of the Mönchsberg visitors see the festival district and the large festival hall, Felsenreitschule riding school built into the mountainside, and the 'Haus für Mozart'. The Getreidegasse is a well-known attraction and is one of the most attractive and heavily frequented shopping streets in the world. A stone’s throw away is the Salzburg Cathedral with its imposing dome and magnificent facade made of marble hewn from the Untersberg.