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Hohenwerfen Fortress (Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen) Tours and Activities

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The 900-year-old Hohenwerfen Fortress (Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen) squats 510 ft (155 m) up on a rocky hilltop, surrounded by swathes of pine trees and the harsh peaks of the Tennengebirge Mountains. From its lofty position the castle dominates the village of Werfen in the Salzach Valley region of the Austrian Alps.

Accessed by either steep climb or funicular from the car parks, Hohenwerfen Fortress has its beginnings in the 11th century; it was built in tandem with the Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg as a refuge for the ruling prince-bishops. Parts of the fortified medieval walls can still be seen but the castle’s history has been turbulent and it was razed to the ground during the Peasants’ Rebellion of 1525.

Much of what you see today is the result of subsequent 16th-century restyling in Baroque style, when the castle was extended and heavily fortified to protect the prince-bishops from further attack. It was also used to house military prisoners before falling into disuse in the late 18th century; more refurbishment followed by then-owner Archduke Eugen of Austria before parts of the fortress was destroyed yet again by fire in 1931.

Restored once more to its present pristine whitewashed majesty, Hohenwerfen featured as Schloss Adler in the 1968 WWII movieWhere Eagles Dare.

Today an audio-guide leads visitors around the landscaped gardens and battlements, into the kitchens and Romanesque chapel, around the prince-bishops’ apartments, and up the bell tower for far-reaching Alpine views. There are also small museums detailing the history of the castle and displaying weapons used in its protection as well as Austria’s only falconry museum – the summer months see daily flight demonstrations with birds of prey. Tours of Hohenwerfen Fortress are often combined with a trip through the world’s largest ice caves at Eisriesenwelt near Werfen.

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Eagle's Nest and 'The Where Eagles Dare Castle' of Werfen

Eagle's Nest and 'The Where Eagles Dare Castle' of Werfen

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It can be overwhelming to research and plan an itinerary to see multiple dispersed attractions in one day. This day trip from Salzburg takes the stress out of planning by having everything organized for you. After a hotel pickup, you’ll travel to the Obersalzberg region, and see the Berghof ruins. Explore the Eagle’s Nest, Golling Waterfalls, and the Castle of Werfen. You’ll have plenty of time to explore independently, and find a spot for lunch too.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$449.76
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Private Tour: Werfen Ice Caves Adventure from Salzburg

Private Tour: Werfen Ice Caves Adventure from Salzburg

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See the world’s largest accessible ice caves at Werfen with a private guide at your side. The half-day excursion includes round-trip transport from Salzburg, a photo stop outside Hohenwerfen Castle and the highlight: a walking tour of Werfen Ice Caves, aka Eisriesenwelt. Explore the underground icy labyrinth to discover a world of stalactites, icicles and natural ice sculptures, and learn about the caves from their discovery to local folklore. Entrance fees are extra.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$726.53
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Original Sound of Music Full-Day Private Tour

Original Sound of Music Full-Day Private Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of the Von Trapp family and discover filming locations from the international blockbuster, ‘The Sound of Music’, on this private tour from Salzburg. Following breakfast in the opulent Schloss Leopoldskron, embark on a hiking trail featuring landscapes from the film’s opening scenes. Visit the Wedding Chapel at Mondsee and the Hohenwerfen Fortress, a 900-year-old stronghold. Entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off in Salzburg are included.
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  • 9 hours
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$1,141.69
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Zell am See Alpine Village Private Day Trip from Salzburg

Zell am See Alpine Village Private Day Trip from Salzburg

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Discover the beauty of the Hohe Tauern National Park on this private day trip from Salzburg. Loved for its landscape of lakes and mountains, the park is home to some of Austria's most stunning scenery including the alpine village of Zell am See. Explore the village on your own, perhaps cruising around the lake or ascending the Schmittenhoehe at your own expense. The day trip also includes a visit to the 11th-century Hohenwerfen Castle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$925.02
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The Grand Castle Tour - Full Day Private Tour from Salzburg

The Grand Castle Tour - Full Day Private Tour from Salzburg

Swap Salzburg’s most popular tourist attractions for something a bit different—a grand castle tour that covers incredible historic sights outside of the city. Avoid the hassle of organizing car rental, and instead, benefit from the convenience of round-trip door-to-door transport. The tour goes to Hohenwerfen Castle, Mauterndorf Castle, and Hellbrunn Palace, with lots of scenic highlights along the way, such as the meadow from the movie—”The Sound of Music”.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$462.51
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Hallstatt Half-Day Tour from Salzburg

Hallstatt Half-Day Tour from Salzburg

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Discover the magic of the alpine region of Salzkammergut on this half-day coach tour of Hallstatt from Salzburg. A guide fills you in on the region’s history on the ride to Hallstatt, stopping for views the spectacular mountain ranges. At Hallstatt, you have ample free time to take a walk along a lake in a historic village, see the Muhlbach Waterfall, visit the museums and the famous "Bone House," and more. You can also opt to take a cable car ride to the Hallstatt World Heritage Skywalk.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

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Relive your favorite scenes from the classic musical "The Sound of Music" on this Salzburg sightseeing tour. Visit filming sites around the city while your guide provides historical background on Salzburg’s top attractions and architectural jewels, including the gazebo where "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" was shot.
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  • 4 hours
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$57.66
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Throw Castle and Sound of Music Meadow

Throw Castle and Sound of Music Meadow

It's a nice tour into the Austrian alps. Picturesque scenery and interesting sights. Beautiful and tranquil area.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$316.45
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Private Tour: Hallstatt and Where Eagles Dare Castle of Werfen

Private Tour: Hallstatt and Where Eagles Dare Castle of Werfen

It can be overwhelming to research and plan an itinerary to see multiple dispersed attractions in one day. This day trip from Salzburg takes the stress out of planning by having everything organized for you. After a hotel pickup, you’ll travel to the lake district, and see the stunning Austrian lakes and villages. Explore Hallstatt, and the Castle of Werfen in one day. -Save time and see multiple sites in one day such as the Castle of Werfen -Stress-free day with Salzburg hotel pickup and drop-off included -Drive past multiple beautiful Alps viewpoints en route -See a movie location—the Where Eagles Dare castle
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$443.17
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$443.17
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Private tour from Munich to Vienna including Innsbruck and Salzburg

Private tour from Munich to Vienna including Innsbruck and Salzburg

This 5 day private tour is including the most famous cities and areas in central Europe. Start the tour in Munich and go to Vienna via Innsbruck and Salzburg. Further highlights are Sound of Music locations and the Sound of Music World in Salzburg, the Eagle's Nest at the Bavarian Alps, one of the most beautiful lake side villages Hallstatt and finally the drive through the Wachau region with the Abbey of Melk and the Robin Hood castle in the town of Duernstein.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,868.26
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The South of Austria - Private Salzburg Sightseeing Tour

The South of Austria - Private Salzburg Sightseeing Tour

Spend a day in Carinthia, the South of Austria with Lake Millstatt and make a trip back to the middle ages with a visit of the 13th century Mauterndorf Castle. A day filled with beautiful landscape, a visit of a medieval Castle, lake Millstatt and the Monastery of Millstatt with its town. A tour away from the typical Salzburg tourist attractions, a true hidden gem of Austria.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$925.02
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$925.02
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Salzburg to Venice Private Transfer and Sightseeing

Salzburg to Venice Private Transfer and Sightseeing

Travel from Salzburg to Venice and enjoy a day of sightseeing at the same time. This transfer-come-tour experience includes a scenic journey through the Austrian lake and mountain region of Carinthia. Stop to take photos of the medieval Hohenwerfen Castle, and visit the Romanesque Millstatt Abbey, which was founded by Benedictine monks. Luggage help, hotel pickup and drop-off, and a private taxi boat ride in Venice are all included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$754.62
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$754.62
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Private Tour to world's biggest Ice Caves & Werfen from Salzburg

Private Tour to world's biggest Ice Caves & Werfen from Salzburg

Your private guide will pick you up from your Salzburg hotel in a panorama glass roof van and whisk you away to Wrfen. Beat the city's summer heat and take a cable car to the world’s largest ice caves. The winter tour is equally interesting with a trip to the salt mines in Hallein, instead. With your guide’s help, you may even get the locals discount on entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$596.40
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$596.40
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Private Tour from Venice, Italy to Salzburg, Austria

Private Tour from Venice, Italy to Salzburg, Austria

Meet your local professional guide at the boat dock of Venice Marco Polo Airport. You will get there directly from your Venice hotel with private motor taxi or also quite easy with public boat. Start your 8-hour private tour from Venice to Salzburg with a visit of San Daniele, the Italian town from where the famous San Daniele Ham is from. After exploring the town center, maybe take a good espresso or cold draught beer with some San Daniele Ham your journey continues on scenic route to Carinthia, Austria including a stop in Gmuend with the castle from the middle-ages. Enjoy your stop at this hidden gem and experience this beautiful village with its middle-ages castle. On route to Salzburg you will make another stop for getting some great views of the 'Where Eagle's Dare' castle of Werfen, another middle-ages castle. Finally, the tour concludes at your Salzburg Hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$817.15
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