First built in 1077, Hohensalzburg Castle sits at the top of Festungsberg mountain.
Before my trip, a few people asked how I’d decided on Austria and Slovakia. And each time I wanted to say, “I mean, have you seen that castle?” Europe has its fair share of castles, fortresses, palaces, etc., but Hohensalzburg Castle in Salzburg is truly a sight to behold.
I happened to go up to the fortress around sunset, lingering with a handful of others to soak up the views. (One of my favorite slides is #12 of Salzburg’s verdant countryside.) This also involved riding my only funicular of the trip, which offers its own kind of thrill. Click into the picture slideshow below to see the rest!
Hohensalzburg Fortress from below, with half a cannonball on the left.
The surprisingly hard-to-find funicular entrance.
Waiting for Hohensalzburg’s funicular to come back down.
The standing booth inside the funicular.
Salzburg spires and rooftops as we ascend Festungsberg hill/mountain up to the castle.
Looking down from the funicular.
View of springtime Salzburg from the fortress.
A view of Kuenberg Bastion
Also Kuenberg Bastion–this view reminded me of Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Hasengraben Bastion, crenelations and all.
A gorgeous view from Hohensalzburg’s cafe, which I didn’t get a chance to try.
A view of Salzburg’s surrounding mountains and countryside from the fortress.
A peaceful overlook.
One of Hohensalzburg’s inner courtyards, including grain storage.
Near the castle keep.
A helpful map to the castle.
A pic of the steep funicular up to the fortress.
An aerial view of Hohensalzburg Castle from Wikipedia.