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Hohensalzburg Fortress

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Mönchsberg 34
5020 Salzburg
+43662 842430-11
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Hohensalzburg Fortress, built in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard, considerably enlarged by Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach (1495-1519), largest, fully-preserved fortress in central Europe. The medieval princes' apartments and the Fortress Museum are of particular interest. Since 1892 the fortress can easily be reached by funicular railway departing from the Festungsgasse.

The more than 900-year-old citadel dates back to the investiture controversy between emperor and pope over the right to appoint the bishop. As a faithful servant of the pope, Archbishop Gebhart von Salzburg had the strongholds of Hohensalzburg, Hohenwerfen and Friesach built on his sovereign territory in 1077. Expansion of Gebhart's fortifications were temporarily completed under Konrad I (1160 - 1147).
During the 15th and 16th centuries, during the turmoil of the so-called Hungarian War and the Peasants' War in which the province of Salzburg was involved, the archbishops took refuge behind the battlements of the fortress. It was during this period that the main building was enlarged and the arsenal and the granary erected. Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach (1495 - 1519) enlarged the fortress and its exterior has remained substantially unaltered since then. The fortress' interior was richly decorated: intricate Gothic wood-carvings and ornamental paintings decorate the Golden Hall and the Golden Chamber. 58 insignia and coats of arms with the beetroot are commemorative of Leonhard von Keutschach. The fortress' symbol, the lion, holds the beetroot in its paws. One of the last extensive modifications was the addition of the great Kuenberg bastion.

During its long history the Hohensalzburg Fortress has always remained unconquered by enemy troops.

Having served as a fortification and temporary residence of the prince archbishops for many years, the fortress also served as military barracks and a prison. Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich was held captive in the fortress for five years by his nephew and successor, Markus Sittikus, up to his death in 1617.

Today the fortress is open to the public all year round and artists from around the world meet here for courses at the International Summer Academy. Besides the medieval rooms the romantic courtyard and the bastions regularly serve as scenery for events like the Fortress Concerts.

Opening hours 2016:
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 am-6 pm
(last admission to the inner rooms 30 min. before closing)
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.

Admission fees 2016:

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.
Entrance before 10 am includes access to state rooms free of charge!
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 without having to stand in line.

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

Standard Ticket online
Adults € 13.00
Children (6-14 years) € 7.40
Groups (of 10 adults or more) € 12.00
Groups (of 10 children/youths or more 6-19 years) € 6.80
Families € 28.90

Early Bird Ticket
= Standard Ticket for admission before 10 am
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

Basic Ticket Sperrbogen - walk up to the fortress (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) € 8.20
Groups (of 10 children/youths or more 6-19 years) € 4.80
Families € 20.40

Standard Ticket Sperrbogen - walk up to the fortress (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) € 10.20
Groups (of 10 children/youths or more 6-19 years) € 6.10
Families € 25.50

Basic Ticket during maintenance of the funicular
Adults € 7.00
Children (6-14 years) € 4.00
Groups (of 10 adults or more) € 6.40
Groups (of 10 children/youths or more 6-19 years) € 3.70
Families € 15.50

Standard Ticket during maintenance of the funicular
Adults € 9.00
Children (6-14 years) € 5.10
Groups (of 10 adults or more) € 8.30
Groups (of 10 children/youths or more 6-19 years) € 4.70
Families € 20.00

Advent Market at the Fortress
November 25-December 18: Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Dec. 8, 10 am-6 pm
Ride on the funicular and admission to fortress: adults € 9.40*
Walk up to the fortress and admission: adults € 5.00*
Ride on the funicular and admission to fortress: group of adults € 8.30*
Walk up to the fortress and admission: group of adults € 4.50*
Free admission from 5 pm
*prices 2015!!

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