Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen, Werfen

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Hohenwerfen Castle is a medieval rock castle, situated on a 623m precipice overlooking the Austrian market town of Werfen in the Salzach valley, approximately 40km south of Salzburg. The fortress is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps and the adjacent Tennen Mountains. Hohenwerfen is a "sister" of Hohensalzburg Castle, both built by the Archbishops of Salzburg in the 11th century.
The fortification was built between 1075 and 1078 at the behest of Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg during the Imperial Investiture Controversy, meant as a strategic bulwark atop a 155m high rock. Gebhard, an ally of Pope Gregory VII and the anti-king Rudolf of Rheinfelden, had three major castles extended to secure the route across the Eastern Alps along the Salzach river against the forces of King Henry IV of Germany: Hohenwerfen, Hohensalzburg and Petersberg Castle at Friesach in Carinthia. Nevertheless, King Henry had Gebhard expelled in 1077 and the archbishop could not return to Salzburg until 1086, only to die at Hohenwerfen two years later.
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  • It is a very neat castle but crowded. You were a lit unlucky that there were 2 tourist buses just pulling in in the parkin when we arrived. The tour was good, a little hectic as there were many... 
    It is a very neat castle but crowded. You were a lit unlucky that there were 2 tourist buses just pulling in in the parkin when we arrived. The tour was good, a little hectic as there were many...  more »
  • A lot better than I expected - after reading some disastrous reviews I was expecting the worse, however, I do not know what the reviewers were expecting. We are a family of 2 adults and 3 children... 
    A lot better than I expected - after reading some disastrous reviews I was expecting the worse, however, I do not know what the reviewers were expecting. We are a family of 2 adults and 3 children...  more »
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  • Very interesting in several ways. The "lift" to the castle was quick and without long queues. Absolutely recommend to take the guided tour! If you don't speak German you get a audio guide (well working, the best I ever used actually!) and can walk more or less in your own pace. Very nice. Also recommend to check out the free museums there. And whatever you do, don't miss the Flight shows with birds of prey like falcons, vultures and eagles. They flew literally a meter over our heads! Wonderful! The only negative part was the long queue to get a table in the restaurant at lunchtime. But that is understandable with so many people.
  • Epic castle, featured in many films and TV series. One of the most beautiful sights in Austria. Easily accessible by car (then cable car to the top). Excellent tour and bird show. Great restaurant, Cafe, and gift shops inside.

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