Fortress Hohensalzburg is an absolute eye-catcher peaking out high above the baroque towers of the city as you can see. The castle is an unmistakable landmark providing Salzburg’s world famous silhouette.
|Festungsbahn - the funicular railway|
|Fortress Hohensalzburg viewed from the cafe|
When you start to explore the fortress though it soon becomes apparent that it is far more than just any old castle. It is more akin to an easily defended walled city, with an impregnable keep within.
There were malt houses, brew houses, bakeries, a hospital, a school... well as I said, it's a walled city so there's everything you'd expect to find and a little more too.
You'll find a central courtyard with trees and a deep water well. There's also a rear access to the main hall here... take a close look at the building below.
Notice those archways halfway up the wall? Can you guess what they were?
There's a second deep well inside the keep, so even if the outer walls were breached the defenders could still rely on a fresh water supply.
The builders were mindful of decoration too...
Quite an impressive crest, eh? But wherever you go around the fortress there are reminders of the structure's main purpose.
Although these days the munitions have been turned into art for the pleasure of the visitor.
Gun ports ring the external wall, but can you imagine trying to storm this castle in the first place? I'll pass on that idea thanks... not that I'd have had a choice in the matter back in history.
There's natural beauty here too though... Nature is making her presence felt.
Campanula are self seeding and thriving on the old stone walls.
Beautiful aren't they? And while I love natural beauty I'm also appreciative of human effort.