A few rooms at the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu offer imposing views of Hohensalzburg Castle. The path up to the castle is just a few metres from the hotel’s entrance. Take the opportunity to visit the symbol of Salzburg.
This white fortress has been looming over the rooftops of the city on the Salzach since 1077. It’s the largest complete castle in Central Europe. The fortress was constructed because of a disagreement between the Pope and the King – the Investiture Controversy. Archbishop Gebhart von Salzburg was on the side of the Pope. To protect himself from King Heinrich IV, Archbishop Gebhart von Salzburg commissioned Hohensalzburg Castle.
During the peasant uprisings and in the turmoil of the 30 Years War, the Archbishops of Salzburg retreated to Hohensalzburg Castle. The castle was gradually expanded until it reached the size it is today.
Kasererbräu – the Old Town hotel directly under Hohensalzburg Castle
You can reach Hohensalzburg Castle in around 10 minutes using the funicular. The funicular station is located on Festungsgasse, a small alleyway off Kapitelplatz (Square).