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.
I know Salzburg. This is a beautiful city! Have a nice day Crissi
we didn't get to the castle when we were at salzburg..ReplyDelete
Good photos! The castle is a nice spot, which offers wonderful views.ReplyDelete
I was just there, 3 weeks ago.ReplyDelete
And it was hot, hot, hot.
I love this part of Austria.
stunning photos! the castle looks magnificent!ReplyDelete
Great post, I am going to Salzburg next week.ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous place!! I also love the ground just amazing, glad you got the chance to see it!ReplyDelete
incredible views. i love pictures showing the rooftops.ReplyDelete
Great photos and a great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.ReplyDelete
Wow! Amazing place and awesome photo shots ~~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
What beautiful shots of this lovely place!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful place Salzburg is. I always associate the gardens with the 'Sound of music' of course.ReplyDelete
It's an amazing castle. Not only the castle but also the town are really cool. :)ReplyDelete
Delicious landscape with beautiful castle. Great pictures.ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
Europe is the best place for vacay, don't u think? LOL... :)ReplyDelete
The castle is amazing.. and I bet equally stunning on the inside.. ;)ReplyDelete
When is ur next Europe vacay, sweetie?ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete