With more than a million visitors annually, Hohensalzburg Fortress is not only the symbol and landmark of Salzburg, but also its most popular tourist destination. Started in the 11th century, it was extended over the years to become one of the largest fortress complexes in Europe. Art history has much to offer here, particularly in the state-rooms in the "Hoher Stock", which – with the "Goldene Stube" – are amongst the finest secular Gothic rooms in Europe. From the Fortress, the visitor has a 360° panoramic view over the town and far beyond.
New panoramic tour of Salzburg's landmarks
The latest highlight offered on Hohensalzburg Fortress is the detailed panorama tour, from the salt store via the "Reckturm"[warrior's tower] through the historic parapet walk and up to the famous "Salzburger Stier" [bull], a huge mechanical organ. This new tour is devoted to spectacular views, taking visitors up to the highest point of the Fortress, where a breathtaking view over town and mountains awaits them. In addition, the tour gives fascinating insights into the history of the Fortress – ranging from centuries-old legends to the dark side of the edifice. Walk-in artistic installations, imaginative peep-shows and an attractive booklet make the tour an experience for all the senses – appealing to young and old alike. The highlights include a multi-media magic theatre, where visitors can enter the world of Prince-Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach. The exhibition in the armoury will be new to many visitors; for centuries, ordnance, armour and small-arms were stored here for emergencies. Over time, these armaments were either sold or disappeared into the murky underground of history. A new exhibition tells the story of the weapons, armour and small-arms in the Fortress. Using interactive models, visitors can try out the various possibilities for attack and defence in a mediaeval fortress.
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Salzburg castles & palaces Management, Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg
Birgit Meixner, phone +43 662 846181-21, email@example.com