Fortress Hohensalzburg

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34 Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria

Fortress Hohensalzburg Reviews

Maurizioago Maurizio…
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The fortress. Apr 04, 2017
It is possible there was a Roman fortress on the site of this citadel. Yes, Hohensalzburg fortress is a kind of little village on a hill. The first buildings on its site were built by prince archbishop Eberhard in 1077. The fortress was enlarged between 1495 and 1519.

Inside you can see some museums as a museum of marionettes; which I liked very much. There is a collection of weapons and the state apartments dated to 1500. There is also a small church and a couple of chapels.

Among the facilities inside the fortress, there are a couple of restaurants and a souvenirs shop.

The fortress serves as a venue for evening concerts.
Landscape from the castle.
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vtjojes says:
I love this place. We've been there a couple of times but I always love to go back.
Posted on: Apr 04, 2017
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Festung Hohensalzburg Jan 24, 2017
The fortress of Hohensalzburg sits proudly above Salzburg and is the most distinguishable feature in the city. The fortress is one of the largest and best preserved Middle Age fortresses in Europe. The current fortress design was carried out by Archbishop Leonard von Keutschach in the early 1500's. The fortress has existed, however, since the 11th century and has been added to over time. The building has been a formidable protector of the city. It has never been taken by force despite an attempt and was only ceded to Napoleon's forces without a struggle. The views of the city and the Alps foothills make this landmark even more worthy of a visit.

In order to reach the fortress, you can use a steep footpath which will take approximately 20-30 minutes depending on your state of fitness and weather conditions. If you choose this option, take good shoes! The path is pretty steep. I walked back down from the fortress and nearly slipped over a few times! Another more sedate option is the funicular cable car. The ticket office is located in the Festungsgasse. The funicular is a much quicker option as you will reach the fortress in under a minute.

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Views to the foothills of the Alps
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Inside the fortress walls
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anewchapter anewchap…
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Impressive from a mile away....So keep your distance Nov 07, 2014
When you arrive in the centre of Salzburg one of the first sights you see is the Fortress Hohensalzburg overlooking the city. Its a very impressive sight and certainly makes you want to go visit the fortress up close. Unfortunately thats where the impressiveness ends.

Firstly, the funicular that takes you up to the fortress is really unnecessary and should be free. Instead the cost of the ride is €3.50 (included in the €11.30 price tag), the journey lasts all of 20 seconds. €3.50 isn't alot of money but for a 20 second journey it is, I guess the return makes it 40 seconds so that bumps the price up, huh?

When I stepped inside the fortress the first thing I saw was...workmen digging up the path with an excavator. Infact, they seemed to have no clue that the place was intended for visitors and nearly ran over a few people.

From there I went on the 15 minute audio tour. This was the longest 15 minutes of my life. At one point I wished I was in the fortress back in the 13th century being hung, drawn and quartered.

You can't take the tour solo, it has to be done in a group. There was a few times when I exchanged glances and rolled eyes with a few of the younger visitors there. The audio was really boring and I guess it complimented the rooms, because they were boring too. After the first room I wrapped the audio set up and never put it to my ear again.

The second room was the "torture chamber" described as "the most attractive gothic secular chambers in Europe". I thought it was going to have some really cool stuff in and I would get to stick my head through some kind of torture device and get a cool photo, instead there was a set of shackles hanging from the ceiling and that was it. You call this a torture chamber? I could have visited a dominatrix and seen more torture equipment than this. Pathetic.

After that you take a winding staircase up to the roof to see the views of Salzburg. The views are great and are the only highlight of the visit.

Away from the audio tour there are other rooms you can visit. These are mainly creaky, old and boring.

The final room I went in was the 'Marionette Museum' who's main feature is...Puppets. Puppets? fucking Puppets?! I have to admit, this room made me smile but it wasn't a happy smile. It was the kind of smile you get when you think someone is playing a prank on you, but your not quite sure and your waiting for them to jump out from behind a curtain and say "surprise, the whole thing has been a joke". Unfortunately, this wasn't a joke, this was Hohensalzburg Fortress!

Needless to say my camera didn't get its button pushed too many times and the whole trip lasted around 40 minutes.

Fortresses and castles are always hit and miss. This one is a definite miss. To put it better, its a missed opportunity. A beautiful setting but this place really needs to be more appealing once inside.
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jendara says:
Congrats on your featured review:)
Sorry by the delay!!!
Posted on: Nov 17, 2014
anewchapter says:
Yes, Salzburg is beautiful
Posted on: Nov 13, 2014
delsol67 says:
Love Salzburg
Posted on: Nov 12, 2014

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