Fortress Hohensalzburg

The fortress sits in majesty on a mountain above the city, the emblem of the State of Salzburg. Fortress and cathedral are an expression of the worldly and ecclesiastical powers which were unified in the hands of the Archbishops.

Historical documents never refer to Hohensalzburg as a "castle". Three other names were used: until 1516 it was spoken of as the "Bishopric Fortress and Castle Salzburg"; from 1522 onwards the archbishops called it the "Main castle (of) Salzburg", and the name generally used today stems from an inventory from around 1727: "Fortress Hohensalzburg."

The most impressive views to take away with you - over 130 photographs and colour illustrations present Hohensalzburg fortress at its most beautiful.
Vivid and immediate - clear illustrations give an authentic taste of daily life 500 years ago.

The sights in overview - elevation drawings and a map of the area provide insights and connections

Overview of the history - a timeline sets out the significant events and aids understanding of overall historical context.

Golden Treasure

Fortress Museum


Salzburg Bull

Leonhard v. Keutschach

Legend of the Bullwashers

Wolf Dietrich v. Reitenau


Prince's Apartments

Fortress Hohensalzburg

In the ecclesiastical Principality of Salzburg