Private Salzburg Guided Walk with Hohensalzburg Fortress Tour

Private Salzburg Guided Walk with Hohensalzburg Fortress Tour

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      Salzburg, Austria
      2 Hours
      From (USD)
      $ 285
      • Mirabell Gardens: The lovely gardens at the home Archbishop Raitenau built for his mistress in 1687 boast meticulously landscaped flower beds, mythology-themed statues, and the Garden of Dwarves.
      • Getreidegasse: Window-browse the luxury boutiques that dot a shopping street going back to medieval times, site of the house where Mozart was born.
      • Salzburg Cathedral: Built in 774, the Baroque style you see today came from the cathedral's renovation in the 17th century. The stunning Immaculate Mary column dominates the cathedral's square.
      • Hohensalzburg: Take the world's oldest operating railway up to this centuries-old fortress for a private tour and stunning views of the city, the river, and the peaks of the Alps.


      Meeting point

      Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.

      Helpful hints

      Bring small coins for the bathroom. Don't miss out on tasting the original "Kaiserschmarrn" (sweet pancake style desert).

      Getting around

      Plan on walking for 2 hours through the streets at a leisurely pace. Expect to stand for periods of time. The tour is not wheelchair accessible but it is suitable for persons with limited mobility. Operator can modify route with advance notice.

      Activity type

      Private Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour

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      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Festung Hohensalzburg literally means "High Salzburg Fortress," and looking out from the battlements of this magnificent structure, 1,660 feet above Old Town, it's clear that any attempt to storm its massive walls would have been foolhardy. (An angry mob of Salzburgers tried and failed in 1525.) But though it couldn't be taken by force, it could be surrendered; Napoleon's forces took it without a fight in 1800, leaving it with a 1-1 record over 900 years.

      The Fortress didn't always look as it will when you see it. It evolved from a simple wooden structure in 1077 to the stout stone stronghold that stands today over centuries of expansions, reinforcements, and refinements. For instance, the ring walls and towers were built in 1462, and the external bastions were completed in the 17th century.

      Inside the wall, the fortress consists of several wings and what many consider a rather romantic courtyard. The archbishop's quarters were on the second floor, and the third floor had rooms reserved for guests and for special functions, such as the richly appointed Golden Hall.

      One thing that hasn't changed is the view, which is what made it the ideal location for a defensive outpost in the first place. The "High Salzburg Fortress" lets you see for miles in every direction; guard duty here wouldn't have been so bad.

      By the way, if you notice one house that's sitting off by itself with no other houses around it on the fortress grounds, there's a reason: No one wanted to be near it. It was the executioner's home.

      Keeping it clean

      Getreidegasse has been the main commerce road in Salzburg since the beginning of the city. As such, it was where the town's doctors, rich merchants, and wealthy craftsmen lived, and many of their original shops and offices are still used today. But it was also the road where the stables and storage areas were located. So to keep the street clean, a canal was used to flood the street at night and wash the mess down to the river. It wasn't great for the river, but the town's elite were happy.


      Non-refundable if canceled within 14 days of requested services.


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