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“A must see.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)

Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)
Monchsberg 34, Salzburg 5020, Austria
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Ranked #11 of 90 Attractions in Salzburg
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, History Museums, Lookouts, Landmarks
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Owner description: This amazing 11th-century castle overlooks Salzburg from a hill on the outskirts of the city.
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“A must see.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This was the highlight of our very rainy day in Salzburg. A day that would have been a total bust, if not for this highlight. We took the tram up, which was covered by our Salzburg day pass (well worth it for 24 (or so) Euro. The views from up the castle are just breathtaking, and we didn't even make it all the way to the top, where an elevator takes you on a small tour! The city looks so perfect nestled next to the river. It looks like you imagine old Europe to look like. Well worth the visit, especially if you are interested in old castles, with a lot of history.

Visited September 2013
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“Worth it for the view alone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Great experience and amazing views! Take the tram up as there is plenty of walking to do once you are at the fortress. The tour is brief, but the audio narration in several languages is nicely done. The self-guided tour through the museum was ok, but most of the display descriptions are written in German. Didn't have a chance to try the cafe or restaurant, but the outdoor seating provides a nice view of Salzburg. Plan to spend at least two hours here.

Visited October 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Greatest medieval castle visited”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

You could spend all day visiting this castle. There is a lot to see -- stay for an hour or spend an entire day here. The views are amazing and the history is fascinating. This is an attraction to be missed if you're visiting Salzburg. It's been mentioned numerous times, but the views are amazing.

Visited October 2013
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“Great views”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This fortress provided amazing views of the area. The museum was very average. A lot of walking is involved, especially if you choose to walk over to the Modern Museum (the Monchsberg walk), I was tuckered out halfway there. Having lunch with the fabulous views was great, but be prepared to breathe a lot of cigarette smoke. Ugh.

Visited October 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Great views, unimpressive museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Visit the fortress for the outstanding views. We weren't impressed with the museum in the castle, there was not much information or depth.

Visited October 2013
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