Last year when I travelled to Italy, I wanted to visit Castle Hohenwerfen en route. But time and distance didn’t make it possible. Returning from Greece, I realised that I would pass quite close to Hohenwerfen Castle, in fact I had passed within sight of it on my way down. I’m not sure how I missed it, but I wasn’t going to pass up a chance to see it this time.
Entrance to the castle cost €15.50, but this included use of the cable car. It was cheaper if one used the stairs to ascend to and descend from the castle. I was in a rush, so I was happy to pay the extra. In typical Germanic efficiency, there are timed intervals alternating between tours of the castle and falconry exhibitions. Whilst waiting tourists congregate in the courtyard, making use of the available refreshments.
Built in the 11th century by the Archbishop of Salzburg, Hohenwerfen castle stands 623 metres on a rocky outcrop, overlooking Werfen. It is approximately 50 kms from Salzburg. In 1931 the castle was severally damaged by a fire, whilst it was repaired, in 1938 the Archduke Eugen of Austria was forced to sell the castle. After the second world war and until 1987, it was used as a training school by the Gendarmie.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the castle, but having spent so much time in Greece and being given the freedom to roam around, I found the timed tours a little excessive. But don’t let this put you off visiting, it is a great castle and the views from the top towers are magnificent.