Hohenwerfen Fortress

Fortress and Falconry near Salzburg

The Hohenwerfen Fortress is around 35 minutes away from Grossarl and promises an interesting day excursion: a fortress tour, falconry flight displays and exhibitions on various topics will delight both young and old.

This imposing fortress was built upon a 113m-high cliff and has reigned over Werfen since 1078. Over centuries, the Hohenwerfen Fortress has seen many expansions and renovations.
Guided Tour of the Hohenwerfen Fortress

The tour through the Hohenwerfen Fortress takes around one hour to complete. During the tour you will have a chance to see the inner rooms of the fortress and to learn exciting details about the fortress and its history. Parts of the tour include:
  • The fortress chapel
  • The dark staircase
  • The chapel bastion
  • The pitch kitchen
  • The cistern
  • The armoury and arsenal
  • The clockworks
  • The bell
  • The princely rooms
Falconry Flight Displays at Hohenwerfen

The ancient hunting art of falconry is still practised at Hohenwerfen Fortress – at least for demonstration purposes. During the flight displays, these magnificent birds of prey show off their flying skills. See falcons, vultures and other birds of prey up close. On the birds of prey learning trail – located in the grounds of the fortress – you can learn about the welfare of these amazing birds.

An overview of additional exhibitions:
  • An illuminated display of the history of the building of the fortress
  • An interactive exhibition of 700 years of melee weapons and firearms
  • The first Austrian falconry museum
With a combi-ticket, the “All Inclusive Card”, you can take any guided tour and visit any exhibition.

Make sure to plan a trip to the Hohenwerfen Fortress on your next holiday in Grossarl. Ask about additional and seasonal events at the fortress, such as a Middle Ages Festival or Knightly Games.

A visit to the Hohenwerfen Fortress from Edelweiss is fast and easy by car.
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