A short climb up the Nonnbergstiege staircase from Kaigasse or along Festungsgasse brings you to this Benedictine convent, founded 1300...
The fortress is a steep 15-minute jaunt from the centre or a speedy ride in the glass Festungsbahn funicular.
Sound of Salzburg Show
This all-singing show at Sternbräu is a triple bill of Mozart, The Sound of Music and operetta faves performed in traditional costume....
St Paul's Stub'n
Up the cobbled Herrengasse lies this gloriously old-world tavern, with a dark-wood interior crammed with antique curios, which attracts...
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Festung Hohensalzburg information
Salzburg's most visible icon is this mighty 900-year-old cliff-top fortress, one of the biggest and best preserved in Europe. It's easy to spend half a day up here, roaming the ramparts for far-reaching views over the city's spires, the Salzach River and the mountains. The fortress is a steep 15-minute jaunt from the centre or a speedy ride in the glass Festungsbahn funicular .
The fortress began life as a humble bailey, built in 1077 by Gebhard von Helffenstein at a time when the Holy Roman Empire was at loggerheads with the papacy. The present structure, however, owes its grandeur to spendthrift Leonard von Keutschach, prince-archbishop of Salzburg from 1495 to 1519 and the city's last feudal ruler. Highlights of a visit include the Golden Hall , where lavish banquets were once held, with a gold-studded ceiling imitating a starry night sky. Your ticket also gets you into the Marionette Museum , where skeleton-in-a-box Archbishop Wolf Dietrich steals the (puppet) show, as well as the Fortress Museum , which showcases a 1612 model of Salzburg, medieval instruments, armour and some pretty gruesome torture devices.
The Golden Hall is the backdrop for year-round Festungskonzerte (fortress concerts), which often focus on Mozart's works. See www.mozartfestival.at for times and prices.