Photo by Zac Steger
As the largest fully preserved fortress in central Europe, the more-than-900-year-old Hohensalzburg has long been the medieval crown above an elegantly baroque city. Its current appearance dates back to the 1495–1519 reign of Prince-Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach, during which the fortress was expanded using funds generated from the nearby salt and silver mines. Inner courtyards lead to an extensive, but not exhausting, collection of medieval curiosities and other artifacts from the political elites of the Holy Roman Empire. The apartments of the prince-archbishops—including the ornately decorated Golden Chamber and Bed Chamber—are highlights of a wonderfully maintained interior, while the views over the city are simply stunning. Access to the fortress is by foot or a short funicular ride.
By Zac Steger, AFAR Local Expert
Fortress Hohensalzburg is one of the largest fully preserved castles in Europe. It graces the city’s skyline with a certain gravitas, drawing everybody’s attention to its towering white walls and showcasing the city’s immense cultural heritage. This bastion has seen 900 years of history pass by and certainly has tales to tell. Discover the fabled past of Fortress Hohensalzburg by taking a tour of the castle. You can either walk up the hill, or take the funicular, which will bring you right to the top. Inside the castle, you can see the Golden Hall and Golden Chamber and even visit the spooky dungeon.
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