Hohensalzburg Castle

Famous Sight in the City of Mozart

Medieval Landmark of Salzburg

Hohensalzburg Castle can be seen from afar as it sits enthroned above the UNESO World Cultural Heritage that is Salzburg. It was built in 1077 by archbishop Gebhard and is Central Europe's biggest complete extant castle. A funicular takes you all the way from Festungsgasse up on the Festungsberg, the mountain where the fortress is located; you can also walk all the way up. From the castle on the mountain top guests will be able to enjoy marvellous views over the city and the Salzburger Land.

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A Look Back in History

View from the old town to Hohensalzburg Castle
Hohensalzburg Castle in the city of Salzburg

The Salzburg fortress' origins go back to the time of the Conflict of Investitures, the controversy between the Pope and the King as to who should have the right of the episcopal nomination. Archbishop Gebhart of Salzburg, who was very loyal to the Pope built the fortifications Hohensalzburg, Hohenwerfen and Friesach in his territory. The fortresses was temporarily finished between 1147 and 1160. In the 15th and 16th century the castle used to be a refuge for archbishops and was redesigned as a residence by Leonhard von Keutschach; it has remained more or less the same since then and sits enthroned above Salzburg. The interior also underwent a refurbishment: impressive gothic  carvings and ornamental paintings give the Golden Room and the Golden Parlour their magnificent look.

Today Hohensalzburg Castle is open for visitors all year round. Artists from all over the world offer courses during the International Summer Academy. The medieval premises, the idyllic castle yard and the bastions are venues for events, like the castle concerts or the Everyman performance in summer.

Opening Times 2014

  • January to April and October to December: 9:30am-5pm
  • May to September: 9am-7pm
  • Advent weekends and Easter: 9:30am-6pm

The inside premises can be visited with an audio guide. If you want to take part in a tour, please book 2-3 weeks in advance (groups from 10 people).

The castle funicular operates every 10 minutes; additionally there are various paths leading to the fortress.

Free Entry With the Salzburg Card

The Salzburg Card is available at the Kolping Hostel reception; with it you will get one funicular ride for free and have also free access to the castle museum!

Don't miss out on the Hohensalzburg Castle and other sights in the charming city on River Salzach. A friendly room with great value for money awaits you at Kolping Hostel Salzburg. Located close to the city centre, you will reach all attractions in the old town in no time. In order to make a reservation for your room send us a no obligation enquiry or book directly online!

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