The Hohensalzburg Fortress is perched high on the peak of Festungsberg. The castle served as a refuge for the Archbishops when ever they felt threatened. The best way to get to the fortress is by taking the funicular. You can walk up the mountain if you wish but the funicular is quick, inexpensive and very comfortable. The ride takes less than a minute. With your ticket you get a tour of the inner rooms, it is a guided tour that has a audio tour in your language. I might recommend bringing some ear buds, you arms can get tired holding up the radio. The first room was the stable, but they did not house the horses here it was actually used for salt storage. On the tour it show you the progression of the fortress over the years how it was added onto and added military forces through each of the different archbishops. Next came the torture room, this room was not actually used for torture, it was actually a holding cell where the prisoners were chained to the wall and kept prisoner. We climbed many stairs to the Reck tower which is the highest point of the fortress. It gives a great view of the city and the commentary that is provided points out many of the cities points of interest. After coming back down we walked across the top of the wall were the solders would have taken up military positions. The last room houses the "Salzburg bull", a org ran dating from 1502. After the tour we went to the fortress museum.
Date taken: 2007 12 22 11:20 Saturday
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