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Hohensalzburg Fortress

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Mönchsberg 34
5020 Salzburg
+43662 842430-11
+43662 842430-20

Salzburg’s most famous landmark
Building work on Hohensalzburg Fortress was initiated by Archbishop Gebhard in 1077. It is the largest completely preserved castle in central Europe.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

The fortress is over 900 years old and was originally built to guarantee the safety of the archbishops; while also serving as barracks and a prison. Today’s exterior was designed by Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach. Of particular interest are the fortress museum and the medieval stately chambers. The interior of the fortress was furnished to impress with magnificent gothic carvings, ornamental paintings and frescos, and decorative gold leaf – all of which attests to the wealth of the prince bishops.
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Tour of Hohensalzburg Fortress

Hohensalzburg Fortress can be visited the whole year round. It can be easily reached on foot using the path up the mountain, and since 1892 a convenient railway service has been provided by the Salzburg Fortress Funicular in Festungsgasse. Besides the medieval rooms the romantic courtyard and the bastions regularly serve as scenery for events like the Fortress Concerts.

New from 2016: Magical theatre, online ticketing and tower fanfares

  • Comprehensive renovation work has now been completed and the Hohe Stock of Hohensalzburg Fortress has been restored and modernised. The list of great new features includes a multimedia Magic Theatre and ultra-modern media stations.
  • Other innovations introduced in the spring of 2016 are the practical online ticketing service and the ‘Early Bird Discount’.
  • Every Sunday at 11.45 from April 2016 the buglers put on baroque fanfares and festive performances from the bugler’s tower in the castle. The performances can be heard all around the historical part of the town. more...


Opening hours 2017:
January-April*: 9:30 am-5 pm
May-September: 9 am-7 pm
October-December*: 9:30 am-5 pm
*Easter and Advent weekends: 9:30 am-6 pm
Dec. 24: 9:30 am-2 pm* (*last admission)

Guided tour of the interior rooms and look-out tower with audio guide.
Guided Tours for groups (10 persons or more) by prior arrangement (2-3 weeks before).
Handicapped persons: visit difficult and only possible by prior arrangement, no facilities for handicapped persons. Ride by funicular and visit of restaurant possible.
Dogs not allowed (only in the courtyards)

Admission fees 2017:

Basic Ticket
Ascent and descent by Fortress funicular, entrance to fortress precincts, guided tour with audio guide in eleven languages (salt storeroom, torture chamber, look-out tower, ‘Salzburg Bull’ - mechanical organ), Fortress Museum, Rainer Regiment Museum, Marionette Museum, Alm passage.
Adults € 12.00
Children (6-14 years) € 6.80
Groups (of 10 adults or more) € 11.00
Groups (of 10 children/youths or more 6-19 years) € 6.30
Families € 26.60
SalzburgCard: one time free admission and quick access. (Tip! Entrance before 11 am includes access to state rooms free of charge)

Standard Ticket
In addition to the basic ticket, it includes the unique Princes’ Apartments in the main castle and the Mechanical Theatre (Golden Hall, Golden Room, bedchamber of prince archbishop Keutschach † 1519).
Adults € 15.20
Children (6-14 years) € 8.70
Groups (of 10 adults or more) € 14.00
Groups (of 10 children/youths or more 6-19 years) € 8.00
Families € 33,70

Early Bird - Standard Ticket (July, August & Dec. 25-Jan. 6)
Purchase the standard ticket by 10 am and receive the Early-Bird rebate!
Adults € 13.20
Children (6-14 years) € 7.50
Groups € 12.10
Families € 29.30
Book tickets online and save as much as € 8.00.

Basic Ticket footpath - ride down on the funicular included, only available at the “Sperrbogen” (entrance gate to the fortress grounds)
Adults € 9.20
Children (6-14 years) € 5.20
Groups (of 10 adults or more) € 8.50
Groups (of 10 children/youths or more 6-19 years) € 4.80
Families € 20.40

Standard Ticket footpath - ride down on the funicular included, only available at the “Sperrbogen” (entrance gate to the fortress grounds)
Adults € 11.50
Children (6-14 years) € 6.60
Groups (of 10 adults or more) € 10.60
Groups (of 10 children/youths or more 6-19 years) € 6.10
Families € 25.50

(as of December 2016)

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