As promised on Instagram I will be contining to post about my Travels and if you are looking for news, head to a news outlet! You may recall that we went on a family trip in November which included a few days in Salzburg and I realized I only shared the Sound of Music Bike Tour. One of the top things to do in Austria outside of Vienna is to visit the Fortress Hohensalzburg. The locals call it Hohensalzburg Fortress and it is one of the biggest medieval castles in Europe. Now I might need to take a history refresher because I thought Middle Ages meant 1400 to 1600 AD but this fortress was started in 1077 by the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg.
I have been to many a castle and apparently this is the biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, which is fascinating as Corfe Castle which dates from the same period is in complete disrepair. To get to this fortress you either have quite an uphill trek or you can take the funicular railway, but clearly my family walked up to the top of Hohensalzburg Fortress.
We bought tickets for the whole fortress which included a tour of the various wings and then we explored the courtyards. I found it a bit odd that while there are timed tours there is not actually a guide – you get a headset in your language – but they only let people in at certain times. The tour goes through the history of the castle including all of the bishops and church history but I liked the facts about how it was used as a prison in the World Wars (shackles still intact). My favorite part was the top of the tallest tower which had great views over all of Salzburg.
You can check out the website to pre-purchase tickets or find out more about the special events like the weekly, a fanfare is performed from the Trumpeter’s Tower every Sunday morning which apparently can even be heard in the main city!
Would you visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress?