In 1077 Prince Archbishop Gehard ordered that a castle be built to guard the southern approach to Salzburg in the valley known locally as the Salzach Gap. This refers to the steep valley that the Salzach river has carved out of the mountains. The original castle was probably made of wood with the impressive fortress you see today dating from the 15th Century.

There is a lot to see and do at the fortress with many attractions including a museum and falconry displays. Film fans will recognise the castle from “Where Eagles Dare” where it was used as Schloss Adler. In the Sound of Music you can see it in the valley when Maria and the Children are having the picnic in the high alpine meadow.

Hohenwerfen is located about 25 miles south of the city of Salzburg and can be reached easily and comfortably by car and by public transport. If you want to travel by train, there is a direct connection from Salzburg to the village of Werfen. The castle is about a 30 min walk from the station.

Opening Times: Daily from May to the end of September with reduced opening in March and April and October.

Cost: €16.50 for adults and €9.50 for children (6-14 yrs) includes cost of the funicular railway to the castle. Save up to €4 if you walk up!

Top Tip: You can save money if you book online.