Situated high on a 155 meter cliff in the Salzach valley, Burg Hohenwerfen is a fortress built between 1075 and 1078. Hohenwerfen has served as a military base as well as a residential and hunting retreat for Salburg’s rulers. It even served as a prison for many centuries. Rulers such as Archbishop Adalbert III (1198), Graf Albert von Friesach (1253), the Styrian governor Siegmund (1525) and Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau (1611) were held captive here.
Today, the castle is home to the historical Salzburg Falconry Center. Impressive falconry flight displays included vultures, red kites, falcons and other birds of prey. Try to keep track as many of the birds fly around the castle and surrounding Tennengebirge mountains.
Know Before You Go
- There are several guided tours of Hohenwerfen Castle daily and the tours are available in eight languages.
- Hohenwerfen Castle is open March 29 – November 3 from 9am – 5pm. It is closed Mondays in April.
- Entry is €14.50 per adult with the funicular or €11 per adult for the footpath. Children are €8 with the funicular or €6 for the footpath. A family ticket is available for €33 and includes use of the funicular.
- The falconry show is at 11:15 and 3:15 March 29 – November 3 and 11, 2:15, and 4:30 July 22 – August 16