Salzburg Fortress - Hohensalzburg - details and images

Hohensalzburg Fortress is the largest fortress in central Europe, a castle which emits force, located in a favorable position and the most important attractions of Salzburg. Hohensalzburg Fortress Salzburg tourism objective is really to be visited if you are on vacation here.

The first documentary attestation of a fortress on the southern slope of Mount Mönchsberg dating from Roman times. Although not very clear, the existence of a fortification here would have very much sense because of the excellent position. From where is located, you can see perfectly Salzach river and all around the town.

Prince Archbishop Eberhard raised the first castle here in 1077. There was nothing more than a yard with a wooden wall, which served to protect the imperial troops of the Holy Roman Empire.

During the reign of Prince Archbishop Konrad I built a tower of stone and then over the years coming in 12th and 13th centuries, the fortified area was gradually increased until they were imposing high walls surrounding the castle login. Conflicts between Bavaria and Austria have brought new threats to Habsburg Salzburg Hohensalzburg Fortress and we need new improvements.

Burkhard III von Weisspriach Prince Archbishop raised four main towers along the outer wall. During the reign of Archbishop Bernhard von Rohr Rohr bastion was built. Bernhard had trouble with the miners south of Salzburg, which were increasingly unhappy with their situation, wealthy patricians of Salzburg demanded more privileges, while Salzburg may fear a Turkish invasion. It was clearly a need for even better castle.

From the palace fortress Hohensalzburg
During the reign of Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach for fortress or castle has changed from a military into a purely strategic and political. During this period some mines Prince Archbishop brought huge revenues, representing 10 percent of global production of gold, much gold, silver and white of course Salzburg, Hallein salt.

To make a castle fortress nice Leonhard von Keutschach invested huge amounts of money in decorations, renovations and extensions. Crest or found in all places where changes were made in his order. In total 58 of these can be found in the fortress of shields. Keutschach was known as a man riled up very quickly. One legend says that a patrician rich fortress of Salzburg, Georg von Wisbeck Keutschach blamed on a property that has taken them belonged. The quarrel between the two degenerated from the castle Hohensalzburg and failed to reach an agreement. Eventually Prince Archbishop who was very tall and strong, grabbed the neck von Wisbeck and kept hanging on the glass of one of the towers. Eventually von Wisbeck has admitted it wrongly accusing the Prince Archbishop of theft.

Adult - € 10.50, children and youth (6-14 years) - 6.00 €, € 24.30 family ticket
Salzburg Card includes a visit to the Fortress Hohensalzburg including funicular.

from January through April: 9:30 to 5:00 p.m.
from May to September: 9:00 to 7:00 p.m.
from October to decemprie: 9:30 to 5:00 p.m.
December 24: 9:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Pasta: 9:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Festung Hohensalzburg Verwaltung
Mönchsberg 34
5020 Salzburg

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