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Hohensalzburg Fortress

The city's chief landmark

What would Mozart's City be without the most prominent feature in its silhouette? Reigning majestically over the city rooftops, Hohensalzburg Fortress dominates the cityscape.

The 900-year-old Hohensalzburg Fortress, the city's chief landmark, is the biggest and most fully-preserved fortification in Europe. Built by Archbishop Gebhard during the investiture controversy in 1077, it served to protect the clergy and the population.

Over the rooftops of Mozart's city
Hohensalzburg Fortress offers visitors a stunning view of the city of Salzburg and its environs.

The Fortress is accessed from Kapitelplatz through the Festungsgasse; visitors can choose between the funicular, departing every 10 minutes, or taking a 30-minute walk to the top.

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