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Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) Tours

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Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)
Built in 1077, Austria’s Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) is one of the largest fully-preserved castles in Central Europe. Here you can enjoy incredible countryside views and guided tours of the baroque state rooms, lookout towers, and museum collections. 
 
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. 

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.
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
Address: Mönchsberg 34, 5020, Salzburg, Austria
Admission: Varies
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Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg

Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg

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Make romantic memories in beautiful Salzburg during this dinner experience at Salzburg Fortress with Mozart concert. Take your seat with your significant other inside the 900-year-old Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg). Savor a delicious dinner of traditional Austrian dishes in the fortress’ spectacular surroundings. Afterward, enjoy a recital of some of Mozart’s most famous pieces courtesy of The Mozart Chamber Orchestra of Salzburg. Upgrade to a VIP experience and enjoy a special dinner menu.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Mozart and Advent/Christmas Concert with Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg

Mozart and Advent/Christmas Concert with Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg

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Culinary and musical delights high above the rooftops of the city – more than just a concert! Enjoy a romantic Dinner or VIP Dinner at Panorama Restaurant located at world famous Salzburg Fortress, followed by an Impressive Mozart & Advent or Christmas Concert with unforgettable panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. After the concert, the illuminated city lays at your feet.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Salzburg with River Cruise

Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Salzburg with River Cruise

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Experience the baroque city of Salzburg at its most romantic with an evening of sightseeing, cuisine, and live music. Cruise the Salzach River through Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dine by candlelight at the Salzburg Fortress’ Panorama Restaurant, then see Mozart’s most beloved works performed inside the historic castle. This Salzburg experience includes the option to upgrade for a VIP experience featuring a special menu, Champagne, and a souvenir program.
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  • 4 hours 10 minutes
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Panoramic Salzburg City Tour with Coffee and Cake

Panoramic Salzburg City Tour with Coffee and Cake

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Discover the highlights of historic Salzburg on a 1-hour city tour by bus of the city that includes coffee and cake at a local restaurant after the tour. Join a guide and small group on a specially-designed route that offers the perfect introduction to Salzburg. This 1-hour city tour of Salzburg has departures throughout the day.
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  • 2 hours
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Regional Food Tasting Tour in Salzburg

Regional Food Tasting Tour in Salzburg

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Join your private guide on a 3-hour walking tour to discover (and sample) the food that makes Salzburg such a popular destination.  You’ll stop at major markets as well as artisanal shops to sample drinks, sweets, and signature Austrian cuisine, such as pumpkin seed sausages, mozartkugel (local chocolate), and dumpling secret. Along the way, you'll see some of the city’s most famous attractions.
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  • 3 hours
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Welcome to Salzburg: 48-Hour Salzburg Card, Mozart City Tour

Welcome to Salzburg: 48-Hour Salzburg Card, Mozart City Tour

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Enhance your Salzburg vacation with a sightseeing add-on that includes a Salzburg Card — valid for 48 hours — plus a Mozart-themed sightseeing tour. Use the city card for free or discounted admission to famous Salzburg attractions like Hellbrunn Palace and Mozart’s Birthplace, and see Mirabell Palace on the Mozart tour. Bonus: free public transport around Salzburg is included, too.
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  • 2 days
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Best of Salzburg with a licensed guide

Best of Salzburg with a licensed guide

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Skip the run-of-the-mill sightseeing tours and enjoy an in-depth, personalized experience of Salzburg with this guided tour. In the company of just your party and a guide, explore the most important sites of the Austrian city, such as Mozart's home.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Customized Salzburg City and Country Tour

Private Customized Salzburg City and Country Tour

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Get to know Salzburg's most important landmarks and highlights on this full-day private walking tour. Visit sites such as the Felsenreitschule, the University Church, the Franciscan Church, Getreidegasse, Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mirabell Gardens, and others. Hotel pickup and drop-off included. This private tour ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
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3-Night New Year's Package in Salzburg

3-Night New Year's Package in Salzburg

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Spend New Year’s Eve in Salzburg as part of a 3-night stay in the handsome alpine city. The package includes accommodation in a 4-star Salzburg hotel plus a New Year’s Eve concert-and-dinner night at Festung Hohensalzburg — the hilltop fort that dominates the city. Choose to include an afternoon Salzburg tour and visit to Salzkammergut (aka the Austrian Lake District) or spend a day in the Austrian Alps and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy landscape. Plenty of free time is also factored in.
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The Best of Salzburg Walking Tour

The Best of Salzburg Walking Tour

Looking for new holiday destinations around Eastern Europe? Why not trying Salzburg? What to do and where to go to Salzburg? The hometown of great composer Mozart offers a long collection of sights, churches, museums and unique attractions that you must visit once in a life. Which are Salzburg's best attractions? Is it all about Mozart? The Old Town is just the beginning of the city's charms. The vibrant city offers you the chance to discover some of the richest examples of Austrian music history. Get stunned with the streets full of history and its beautiful architecture examples. Get ready to experience Salzburg from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal the secrets and interesting facts about this beautiful city.
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Sigh running: City of Salzburg Mountains Tour

Sigh running: City of Salzburg Mountains Tour

Tour 1 City of Salzburg Mountains Mönchsberg, Fortress, Mülln, Kapuzinerberg, Steingasse Distance 11 kilometers elevation About 350 meters. Duration About 75 minutes Prices 40 € / per person
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amphibious Splash Tour on the Water and on the Land in Salzburg

Amphibious Splash Tour on the Water and on the Land in Salzburg

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Skip the typical sightseeing tours and embark on a unique experience in Salzburg. Board an amphibian vehicle and see the sights of the city from both land and the water, concluding with "splash down" into Salzach.
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Salzburg's 3 Hours Private Walking Tour with Guide

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Salzburg's 3 Hours Private Walking Tour with Guide

On this 3 hour Tour, you will visit the most important historic sites avoiding the big tourist crowds as much as possible. You will also see several famous film locations and a few hidden gems. This Tour can be customized to your interests. It provides you with profound historic and practical information you need for your stay in Salzburg.
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The Sound of Music and Culture Walk with a Local

The Sound of Music and Culture Walk with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. If you want to follow the steps of Maria and the children, and go on a real time travel with me, this is THE Experience for you! Join me on this walk to discover the city of Salzburg through the most iconic places in the movie the “Sound of Music”. You will experience the city completely differently and at the same time get to know the city with a local that will show you the nicest places, interesting facts and awesome stories about the city of the Do Re Mi song!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Walking Tour in Salzburg with a Guide

Private Walking Tour in Salzburg with a Guide

During the private tour you will get to know the history and culture of Salzburg and Austria. See iconic highlights as Mirabell Palace and Salzburg Cathedral, but also discover hidden gems of the city with incredible stories! Highlights: • You will explore the highlights of Salzburg during the tour led by a licensed guide • Learn the history of Salzburg and discover places related with Mozart, like his Birthplace. • Visit fantastic Salzburg Cathedral, Mirabell Palace and amazing Fortress. • See on your own magic scenery from movie “The Sound of Music” • Enjoy a private tour only with your family and friends Learn the facts and legends of picturesque Salzburg city on a private walking tour. You will see the best selected highlights and main attractions. Get a great portion of knowledge from your local professional guide and enjoy vibes of this historic city. The guide lead you through multiple alleys and parts of the city to deliver you unforgettable memories!
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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3-Night Salzburg Winter Package with City Highlights Tour

3-Night Salzburg Winter Package with City Highlights Tour

Salzburg in winter means markets, mountains and centuries-old architecture dusted with snow. Make use of ample free time to experience Salzburg at its most magical time of year with this 3-night city break, and enjoy a range of inclusions, too. Stay in a central 3-or 4-star hotel; learn about Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg Dom and other landmarks on a 1-hour city tour; and visit Salzburg beer halls, if you wish.
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  • 4 days
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