Hohenwerfen Fortress

Hohenwerfen Fortress - falconer with a bird of prey on his glove in the open-air area on the Lindenwiese
Hohenwerfen Fortress - Birds of prey show

Towering above the Salzach valley is Hohenwerfen Fortress, one of the best-preserved late-mediaeval edifices: a mighty fortified castle with typical turrets, embrasures and machicolations. There is a drop tower with wall 4m thick, a dungeon, a torture chamber, parapet walks and a 14m-high bell-tower. A fortress guide in historical costume offers fascinating insights into the "chivalric"  life in the fortress. There's a rally quiz for children and an audio-guide in six languages. The highlights include daily demonstrations with birds of prey in the historical falconry. Besides special exhibitions, a programme of events offers plenty of variety for the whole family, and an exciting rally quiz through the grounds. New highlights are the renovated chapel and the current special exhibition Mythos Jackl – witches and wizards in Salzburg.

"Jackl the sorcerer" was Jakob Tischler or Jakob Koller, a Werfen craftsman with a band of followers. On four floors of the historic armoury, visitors are plunged into the world of witches and wizards – ranging from the events surrounding the Salzburg witch trials right up to present-day witch cults throughout the world. The exhibition is spellbinding, with authentic and sometimes macabre exhibits, multimedia Installations and legendary figures.

Open April - early November | Audioguide in 11 languages | Lift | www.burg-hohenwerfen.at

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Hohensalzburg Fortress | Hohenwerfen Fortress | Mauterndorf Castle
Salzburg castles & palaces Management, Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg
Birgit Meixner, phone +43 662 846181-21, meixner@salzburg-burgen.at