The Fortress & Palaces in Salzburg

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Hohensalzburg Fortress is Salzburg’s best known landmark, sitting majestically high up above the city. It’s just one of many castles, palaces and stately homes you can visit in Salzburg.


While on holiday in Salzburg why not make a hands-on tour of sites that provided the backdrop to so much medieval and baroque life, and soak up the charm of ages gone by.


A historical gem: Fortress Hohensalzburg

Which child has never dreamed about being a king or a princess in his or her own palace? In Salzburg these dreams can come true on a visit to one of the many state residences and palaces. The Festungsbahn funicular railway takes passengers right up to the largest preserved fortress in central Europe, Fortress Hohensalzburg. The castle and defences are perched on ‘Festungsberg’ at the heart of the old town of Salzburg. They are up to 250 metres in length and up to 150 metres wide. After a visit to the fortress, enjoy a pleasant stroll from Festungsberg to Mönchsberg and take in some magnificent views across the city.


Palaces in the old quarter of Salzburg

The Salzburg Residence is another example of architectural splendour at the heart of the old town. Within the magnificent early baroque complex there are a number of elaborately furnished and decorated stately rooms, previously used to accommodate Salzburg’s ruling prince-bishops, and to entertain and impress their guests. Visitors to the Residence Gallery in Salzburg can marvel at the fantastic collection of works by famous painters from the 16th to the 19th centuries.


Mirabell Palace concert audiences will also enjoy the astounding elegance of the Marble Hall, considered one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the world.

Worth a visit: The opulent architecture on the outskirts of the city

Enjoy a stroll around Leopoldskron Lake and marvel at the beauty of privately-owned Schloss Leopoldskron palace. Since 1965 it has also been famous all over the world as one of the locations featured in the musical ‘The Sound of Music’.


Whatever you do, don’t leave without seeing Hellbrunn Palace on the edge of the city. It was built as a pleasure palace for parties, celebrations and as a place to relax. This architectural treasure was built in the Italian style of the age and is considered one of the most magnificent examples of Renaissance architecture north of the Alps. Stroll around the park like the archbishops of a bygone age and enjoy the merriment and surprise of the hidden jets of water known as the ‘Wasserspiele’.

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