Thursday, January 3rd,
When you think about Salzburg, the fisrt thing that you think about is his castel. The castle in Salzburg is an unmistakable landmark providing the city’s world famous silhouette, up on a little mountain which gives a lot of charm at the city.
The construction of the fortress began in 1077 under Archbishop Gebhard von Helfenstein.
Hohensalzburg castle was refurbished from the late 19th century onwards and became a major tourist attraction leading up from the town to the Hasengrabenbastei.
It stands today as one of the best preserved castles in Europe.
During the early 20th century it was used as a prison, holding Italian prisoners of war during World War I and Nazi activists (before the Anschluss with Germany) in the 1930s.
Today’s exterior was designed by Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach.
Of particular interest are the fortress museum and the medieval stately chambers. The interior of the fortress was furnished to impress with magnificent gothic carvings, ornamental paintings and frescos, and decorative gold leaf – all of which attests to the wealth of the prince bishops.