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Fortress Museum, Salzburg

Fortress Museum, Salzburg (must see)

The Fortress Museum forms part of the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle/fort in Central Europe. The history of the fortress and the lifestyle of those who lived in the castle are portrayed through the exhibits at the museum.

The Fortress Museum was expanded and refurbished in the year 2000 and work was completed in the year 2002. The museum forms part of the castle keep. It has many objects from excavations around Salzburg including Roman coins, ceramics and artifacts and the remains of a Roman wall. There is a medieval heating system and 12th-century Romanesque arcades. Objects include a medieval gold treasure, arms and armory, instruments used for torture, a reproduction of the castle kitchen, reproductions of castle furniture and musical instruments used by military bands. There are sections dedicated to specific events like the siege of the castle in 1526 and the life of Prince Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach who renovated the castle and made it the magnificent structure it is today.

Visitors can explore the museum by themselves or take one of the many guided tours where each exhibit is explained in detail. They can also take in spectacular views of the city from its windows.

Why You Should Visit:
Excellent displays of old weaponry and military history in creatively designed settings!

Opening Hours:
August – September: daily: 9am – 7pm
October – December: daily: 9am – 5pm
24/31 Dec: 9am–2pm / January 1st: 11am–5pm
Thursday evening guided tour at 6pm (only reduced admission price), with changing themes (see events programme)

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Sight Name: Fortress Museum
Sight Location: Salzburg, Austria
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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