Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria sits on top of a hill overlooking the walkplatz area of Salzburg. It’s a neat visit and includes a ride on the funicular up and down the mountain. Our teenagers were also happy the the fortress had free wi-fi as well.
Parking in Salzburg can be hectic, know where the Parking lots are, we parked in the one on Petersbrunnstraße it was a 9 min walk to the Mozart platza, shorter to the fortress.
You can walk up to the fortress if you’d like but we decided we might as well ride the funicular while we were at it 😉 Plus we planned to go back down to the walkplatz to eat afterwards. You do have a to walk a bit up to the ticket office and funicular point, pictured above.
We used Rick Steve’s self guided tour in his Vienna, Salzburg, & Tirol book, I got it from the library prior to our trip.
You can get some great views from the fortress!
To see the interior you need to wait on a guided tour, which is really kinda dumb since you don’t see a whole lot that needs protected but it is what it is, LOL.
The Marionette exhibit was a fun area. The wooden puppets were very neat. You can even pay to watch a performance if you so desire, we didn’t watch one as we were happy enough just checking them out.
They had some neat scenes set up too.
The museum was okay, nothing amazing but the wifi keep the teens happy while the adults browsed 😉
As you get off the funicular on the way down you can make a short stop to see the Alm River Canal Exhibit. Photo above is a view from the funicular of the walkplatz area.
There is also cafes available in the fortress if your needing a snack break.
It wasn’t one of the most impressive fortresses we’ve seen but we enjoyed the views of the area and the marionettes. It’s worth doing if your in the area but I would’t say make a special trip just to visit it.
Know Before You Go
What: Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria.
How To Get There: It’s about 6 hours 45 mins from the Spangdahlem, 5 hours 50 mins from Ramstein, 2 hours 23 mins from Garmisch, and 1 hour 45 mins from Munich. GPS Addy: It’s in the Salzburg walkplatz so we parked in the parking lot on Petersbrunnstraße, 5020 Salzburg it’s near the fortress & walkplatz.
Parking: Parking lot on Petersbrunnstraße, 5020 Salzburg it’s near the fortress & walkplatz. We were able to parking a shady area which was great for the hot day. It was €6 for 5 hours.
Cost: €11,30 adult with funicular, €6.50 kids 6-14, €26,20 family pass
Traveling with little kids: Some areas not real stroller friendly, like area that you have to use the guided tour as their is stairs. Probably could park somewhere if needed during this part.
How long: Plan on at least 1 hour to walk around and check it out and ride the funicular up and down.