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Festung Hohensalzburg, also known as Hohensalzburg Castle or Hohensalzburg Fortress, is the castle on the hill in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salzburg, Austria. The fortress on the peak of Festungsberg was built in the 11th century at the time when the Holy Roman Empire was waging a way against the Papacy. Measuring 250 meters long and 150 meters wide, Festung Hohensalzburg is one of the biggest medieval castles in Europe.

Festung Hohensalzburg was a refuge for the archbishops of Salzburg whenever they felt threatened. Originally built in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard von Helfenstein, the castle owes its present appearance to 16th century Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach.

Photos of Festung Hohensalzburg


Festung Hohensalzburg
Author: Hartl
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Kapitelschwemme with Festung Hohensalzburg
Kapitelschwemme with Festung Hohensalzburg
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In the 20th century, Festung Hohensalzburg was used as a prison. Italian prisoners of war were held here during World War I. Since then it has been preserved as a tourist attraction. There is a cable car that goes up to it from the village of Hasengrabenbastei.

Accommodation in Salzburg

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