Views for Days From Festung Hohensalzburg // Salzburg, Austria

June 23, 2015

While I was in Salzburg this past spring, the weather was absolutely amazing. The sun was shining and it was actually warm enough outside for me to ditch my jacket. After driving in from Rothenburg, I checked into my hotel in Old Town and went exploring around the beautiful city. One of the things I wanted to do and see for sure was Hohensalzburg Castle (Festung Hohensalzburg in German). 

Hohensalzburg Castle is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Construction on the fortress started in 1077 and at the time, was only a small castle with a wooden wall. There is a really cool video you can watch inside one of the rooms of the castle that shows all the different expansions done on fortress. Definitely check it out. It's pretty cool to see what this massive castle above Salzburg once looked like.

It was getting late in the afternoon by the time I made my way over to the cable car ticket office. The cable cars were still running at the time, but I know they told me that the museum inside the castle was closing soon. While the museum would have been interesting, I mostly wanted to walk around the grounds and take in all the views. On one side of the castle, you can see the town below with the impressive alps in the near distance. I honestly could stare at that view for days. The green grass, the blue skies and the snow capped mountains, ingredients for a picturesque postcard.           


On the other side of the castle, you get an amazing view of Old Town, the Salzach River and fields that go on for miles and miles. While the museum take up most of the interior of the castle, you can still walk around the grounds and a couple of rooms. It's crazy to imagine that this once was a full functioning castle.

I walked around for about an hour before making my way back down the cable car. For those of you who wish to dine at the fortress, there is also a restaurant on location. The restaurant was closing up when I got there so I'm thinking it's more of a lunch spot.

I'm so glad I got to go up and see this incredible castle. If you're going to be in Salzburg, definitely head up to the fortress. If nothing else, you can witness some amazing views!           


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40 comments

  1. Travel with IntentJune 23, 2015 at 6:39 AM

    I was there earlier this year too, but the weather was bad when I went up here. Nice to see your views instead :)

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  2. Such beautiful views. I miss seeing mountains! I've never been to Salzburg, but it looks like you were there on a beautiful clear day. Thank you for sharing and for hosting the link party. I linked up for the first time today.

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  3. So beautiful!! There is nothing better than mountain views, seriously :)

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  4. Houston is so flat so when I see mountains, I get giddy lol. They are so beautiful and I wish this part of the country had some!

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  5. It was perfect, we couldn't have asked for better weather. Salzburg is such a gorgeous city, definitely worth a visit one day :) I'm glad you stopped over from Travel Tuesday! x

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  6. Oh nice, when were you there? We went in April. We couldn't have asked for better weather, totally got lucky! But when we got to Munich, it was rainy so I guess you win some, you lose some lol

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  7. Thank you for the feature! You know, next summer you MUST plan a trip to Greece!! Salzburg is very pretty from above! As for the weather indeed in March it can be exceptionally good in central Europe (and be rather blah come summertime)

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  8. Those views! And it just seems too mad that the castle can be from 1066?!! I always really think about that - I mean that is almost 1000 years ago!

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  9. You got some gorgeous shots! I enjoyed a glass of wine up there and never wanted to leave! Salzburg is so magical.

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  10. Whoa that other train was close! haha Beautiful pictures! And agree, the top 10 beaches to visit in Greece was a great article!

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  11. Austria is always winning with the views! This would be perfect for me, I'm not a big museum fan so I don't mind that it was closing, but just to walk and take in the views, that's what I like :)

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  12. You're very welcome! I'm seriously thinking about it... I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Greece and now I'll have a tour guide ;) lol. I seriously can't stop looking at those beach pictures, gorgeous!

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  13. I know! I feel like every time we are in Europe, we are super fascinated at how old buildings/structures are in Europe. We do the whole "America wasn't even a country yet!" thing lol. And in this instance, Christopher Columbus wasn't even born yet! lol

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  14. Thanks Ashley! A glass of wine would have been perfect! Salzburg just has a great feel to it. While I was uploading my pictures, I thought to myself... I want to go back!

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  15. Those views are just so pretty! I love the one of the arch framing the mountains - what a view you had!

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  16. Haha I was wondering why there was only one track to go up and down. And then saw that the cable cars pass each other at the one spot which kinda freaked me out cause what if they miss that spot? lol

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  17. I'm with you... I'm not a huge museum fan either. Let's just say we weren't disappointed when they said it was closing soon. Some museums I do enjoy but when it's a place like that with amazing views, I rather enjoy the views :)

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  18. Lo {Travel the Unbeaten Path}June 23, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    I love that you're hosting this linkup! And Austria sounds enchanting, especially the castles!

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  19. I have to admit, I would be a bit scared in that cable car but the views are just awesome!!

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  20. Andrea On VacationJune 24, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    I feel like it rained the whole time I was in Austria. I guess I'll just have to go back :) I love European castles- definitely something we can't visit in the USA.

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  21. Those views are amazing! You can't go wrong with lovely old towns and mountains!

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  22. Wow, so SO pretty! Those mountains certainly make for a picturesque backdrop! I am dying to explore more of Austria. This is just so enticing!

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  23. Thanks Jamie! Can't wait to see your pics from Croatia :)

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  24. It was pretty amazing... beats the one I have now of my desk and all the work I have to do! Blah lol Maybe a vacation to NYC is in order! :)

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  25. Thanks Lo! Gotta love a good castle! Austria is a gorgeous country. As I was uploading these pics, I thought to myself, I wanna go back!

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  26. I know, right?! There's a dessert based on those mountains that was a favorite of Mozart. Jimmy and I tried it and it was a. HUGE and b. interesting lol.

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  27. Me too, I heard Vienna is also gorgeous so I'm wanting to head there one day! Since Houston is so flat, I'm always fascinated by mountains and the Alps don't disappoint!

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  28. My thoughts exactly! Seriously, nothing beats a great view!

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  29. My dad has cousins who live in England and they came to visit us over the holidays and they said something about how some of the "castles" here are huge! We all looked at them all confused and they were like "You know castles, those big houses"... we were like "Ohhh you mean mansions" lol Lost in translation for ya! I mean I wish we had castles here in the States lol

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  30. The cable car did kinda freak me out at first cause there's only one set of tracks and they were going up and down at the same time! Good thing it was only a short ride!

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  31. So picturesque! I especially like the views of the green pastures and the colorful little town sprawled out below. That is what I imagine little Austrian towns to look like!

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  32. The view Is breathtaking. I see why so many stories are inspired by castles. How cool to enjoy that in a nearly 1000 year old castle.

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  33. Omg those photos though...how beautiful! Isn't Austria just the best?! I feel like there isn't one corner of that country that isn't absolutely gorgeous!

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  34. I can't wait for us to get to visit Austria, Great shots of the fortress!

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  35. Thanks Diana! Austria is so beautiful! You can't go wrong with any part of the country!

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  36. Salzburg is gorgeous! Before the trip, I asked my cousin which city she recommended around Munich and she said Salzburg cause it's beautiful and she was totally right!

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  37. I mean America wasn't even America yet! ha I keep thinking, I would love to go back in time and live in a functioning castle... but my luck, I would be a peasant carrying around a bucket with no shoes lol

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