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Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)
Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)

Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)

Mönchsberg 34, 5020, Salzburg

The Basics

One of Salzburg’s major landmarks, Salzburg fortress is included in most city sightseeing tours along with other attractions such as Salzburg Old Town, Mozart’s Square, Salzburg Cathedral, and the Horse Fountain. Salzach River cruises allow you to view the fortress from multiple vantage points, and often include a candle-lit dinner. To see the castle on your own schedule, visit on a hop-on hop-off tour or purchase a Salzburg Card, which includes discounted entrance to the fortress and other city attractions.

It’s also possible to visit Hohensalzburg Fortress (also known as Hohensalzburg Castle) on a day trip from Ljubljana, Vienna, Munich, or Prague. Excursions that combine visits to Salzburg, Melk, and Hallstatt are ideal if you have one or two full days to explore, while customized private day trips are ideal for time-pressed travelers.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salzburg

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Special evening
Erin_W, Dec 2021
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
We booked the concert and dinner on our first night in Salzburg. It felt like a very special evening and a great way to start our vacation. The music was fabulous and lock-in an intimate setting. The Fortress offers beautiful views of the city.
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Spectacular
David_G, Aug 2021
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
Have been in Europe for mine days and this was the best experience my daughter and I have had yet. The food was great and the view from the castle spectacular. The setting of the concert intimate.
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A memorable night out
Jim_E, Oct 2021
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
We loved the concert! Thought the whole event was a wonderful evening. Paid extra for the VIP- after reading other reviews, not sure if this time of year (October) gives you much of a seating advantage for dinner. The dinner and concert view must be different in the summer months. We did have better concert seats than some but still off to the side and third row back from the musicians. No view of the city during the concert. But it was great to look out from the fortress balcony before and after the event. Food was delicious. Overall a very entertaining night.
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Totally worty.
Oleksii_B, Sep 2020
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
The dinner wiht the concert event was worty. We celebrated birthday there and were not dissapointed. The view from restorant is amazing, dishes are big and tasty. A pleasant concent with classic music is a great ending of the evening.
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Top!
Alfred_v, Aug 2020
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
VIP dinner was really excellent and the location (outside with a bright view) was perfect. Nice concert in the vastleggen, only a bit warm
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Amazing experience
Priti_S, Jul 2020
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
Amazing experience. Would definitely recommend. Food was really tasty and service was good too. Concert was impressive. Attending the concert on top of the hill with amazing view was one of the best things of our trip to Salzburg
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Back to Medieval times
EVANTHIA K, Dec 2019
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
Well organised event!I would like to have more time for the classical music concert Delicious food at the restaurant and polite staff! Stroll around the narrow alleys of the castle at night!It was such a beautiful moment!
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Nice evening out
Jade_H, Dec 2019
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
lovely experience cable ride included up to the fortress good to take in the views meal was nice and good options concert was something different and nice to do
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Concert
janth0mps0n, Nov 2019
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
The Dinner was very good and venue great, but Concert was average at best, The musicians looked bored and the area was far too hot , no ventilation, we left at half time .
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What are these people talking about this was GREAT and the View
Kev B, Oct 2019
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
I read all kinda negative crap about this event, not only was the food lovely and that view but the entire night even the show was 90 minutes and my gosh its romantic up there
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Wonderful experience
PAUL_N, Sep 2019
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
Beautiful atmosphere for dinner and in the concert room. Did the VIP and the stairs are arduous but doable. Would recommend .
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Fabulous!
Therese_A, Aug 2019
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
Truly what it advertised and more. Dinner was excellent, view superb, service fabulous, concert great

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Hohensalzburg Fortress is a must-see for nature and history fans.

  • Wheelchair and stroller access is limited, as many surfaces within the castle are uneven.

  • Audio guide options are available for children and adults.

  • See if you can spot more than 50 examples of the castle’s symbol—a lion holding a beetroot.

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How to Get There

While Salzburg Fortress tours typically include round-trip transport, you can also reach the castle via the funicular railway, which leaves every 10 minutes from Salzburg’s historic center. Walking is also an option, and takes roughly 20 minutes. It’s not possible to reach the fortress by car.

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When to Get There

Hohensalzburg Fortress is open 365 days a year, even during holidays. The area tends to be most crowded during July and August—during this time, it’s a good idea to purchase Early Bird Tickets online to beat long lines.

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Hohensalzburg Fortress Concerts

Pair classical music with your visit to fully experience Austrian history. Enjoy a Best of Mozart Fortress Concert in the structure’s Golden Hall, and choose to combine your concert ticket with dinner. The advent and Christmas concerts are particularly magical.

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