The 640 meters-high Kapuzinerberg lies to the right of the River Salzach. Its green plateau provides a population recreation area for walkers, hikers and fans of all kinds of outdoor sports. The mountain is home to churches, an abbey, along with meandering hiking paths, and even chamois!
The religious section of the Kapuzinerberg
From the Felixpforte gateway, a pathway leads past several chapels marking the Stages of the Cross on its way up to the Capuchin Abbey enthroned atop the Kapuzinerberg, actually the first joint noviciate of all German-speaking Capuchin provinces.
Aside from the abbey itself, an abbey church and the Imbergkirche are also to be found here. As for your culinary enjoyment, you might want to pay a visit to the Franziski Schlössel.
Ancient fortifications, Mozart, mountaineering and chamois
On the Kapuzinerberg you will also discover an old fortified wall with 14 watchtowers. The view over Salzburg from Hettwerbastei is especially worth-seeing. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is also represented on the Kapuzinerberg, in the form of a Mozart monument.
For rock climbers, the steep north face of the Kapuzinerberg provides an excellent opportunity: Use of the so-called City Wall is permitted from July until March. Climbing activities are not permitted during the remaining months since this is also a protected habitat for birds during nesting season.
With a little bit of luck, while you are exploring the Kapuzinerberg you might also catch sight of some of the chamois that live there. This colony of free-roaming chamois is quite unique in a city environment. Clearly they feel very much at home on the rocky, shaded northern slopes of the Kapuzinerberg.
Three Paths up the Kapuzinerberg
- via the Imbergstiege stairway from Steingasse (Route...)
- from the Franziskustor gate in Linzergasse (Route...)
- from Fürbergstraße in the north-east, then up the Doblerweg (Route...)