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Monday, July 9, 2012

Our World - Hohensalzburg Castle

One of the top tourist attractions in Salzburg is Hohensalzburg Castle, which is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.

There are two ways to get up to the fortress, you can either walk or take the funicular. Due to the great number of visitors waiting for the funicular ride, we decided to walk up to the fortress albeit steeper route up the hilltop.

The extensive castle was built in 1077 and further enlarged during the following centuries. We did not visit the interiors of the castle, but spent a couple of enjoyable hours wandering around the surrounding area.

The walkway was quite slippery and icy in some spots during our visit in March. I think I almost fell a few times.

This is a view towards Hohensalzburg Castle from Mirabell gardens in far distance.

Within the imposing fortress, there are great viewing terraces on several different levels.

We stopped at various points of the journey to take photos and from here, you can enjoy another breathtaking view of the entire city. Something that you shouldn't miss when you're in Salzburg.

During the early 20th century, it was used as a prison, holding Italian prisoners of war during World War I and Nazi activists (before the Anschluss with Germany) in the 1930s. The fortress was later restored in the 20th century and and today is a tourist attraction in Salzburg. What I found particularly fascinating was it had never been conquered throughout the 900 year history of the fortress although several military forces have tried.

Aside from the amazing history and beauty of the medieval architecture, I also enjoyed the lovely and peaceful views of the surrounding countryside.

Another splendid view along the way. The air smells great and refreshing too.

Our World


  1. Hi,
    I know Salzburg. This is a beautiful city! Have a nice day Crissi

  2. we didn't get to the castle when we were at salzburg..

  3. Good photos! The castle is a nice spot, which offers wonderful views.

  4. I was just there, 3 weeks ago.
    And it was hot, hot, hot.

    Beautiful photos.
    I love this part of Austria.

  5. stunning photos! the castle looks magnificent!

  6. Great post, I am going to Salzburg next week.


  7. What a gorgeous place!! I also love the ground just amazing, glad you got the chance to see it!

  8. incredible views. i love pictures showing the rooftops.

  9. Great photos and a great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  10. Wow! Amazing place and awesome photo shots ~~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Fantastic views/photos and such interesting history of the castle in Salzburg! Wonderful post for the day! Thank you for sharing this with us!! Hope you have a great week!


  12. Splendid trips you always had, which i envy indeed. From Pariz to Strasbourg i saw a castle on top of a hill amongst overgrown trees, and till now i haven't know what that castle is called. But i've seen lots of photos in the net and they are all amazing. Thanks for sharing us this one.

  13. What beautiful shots of this lovely place!

  14. What a beautiful place Salzburg is. I always associate the gardens with the 'Sound of music' of course.

  15. It's an amazing castle. Not only the castle but also the town are really cool. :)

  16. Delicious landscape with beautiful castle. Great pictures.

  17. I can't think of Salzburg without imagining Mozart, but Hohensalzburg Castle goes wa-a-ay back before that time! Incredible! Your photographs really bring this tour to life!

  18. Europe is the best place for vacay, don't u think? LOL... :)

  19. The castle is amazing.. and I bet equally stunning on the inside.. ;)

  20. When is ur next Europe vacay, sweetie?

  21. Wow, it seems that there is no end to the interesting things to do and see in Salzburg! I love these photos. My favourite is the fourth one with the black domes.