Hohenwerfen Castle

Perched atop a rocky hill in the Austrian Alps, Hohenwerfen Castle is a medieval fortress that promises a journey back in time. Overlooking the Salzach Valley, the castle offers panoramic views, falconry shows, and a peek into Austria's turbulent history. Read more

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Hohenwerfen Castle, located near the town of Werfen in Austria, dates back to the 11th century and has served various purposes including a military fortress, a prison, and even a film set. It's surrounded by the majestic Berchtesgaden Alps and the Tennengebirge mountain range, making it a spectacular site for photography and nature walks. Visitors can reach the castle via a funicular or a steep hike, both providing stunning views of the surroundings. Once inside, you can explore the castle's extensive network of rooms and halls, which house a fascinating weapons exhibit and other historical artifacts. One of the highlights is the castle’s falconry center, featuring daily bird-of-prey shows that allow you to see these magnificent creatures up close. Its strategic vantage point and historic atmosphere make it a popular spot for history buffs, nature enthusiasts, and even movie fans; it was one of the filming locations for the classic movie "Where Eagles Dare."
Hohenwerfen Castle is a destination that melds history, nature, and culture into a single captivating experience. Whether you're keen on history, fascinated by falconry, or simply in awe of alpine landscapes, this Austrian gem is not to be missed.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Hohenwerfen Castle

Falconry Center

Home to various birds of prey, the center offers daily flying demonstrations that are educational and entertaining.

Weapon Exhibit

An extensive collection of medieval weapons and armor that transports you back in time.

Castle Chapel

A beautifully preserved chapel offering insights into the religious aspects of castle life.

Panorama Lift

A modern addition, this lift takes you up to the castle while offering magnificent views of the valley below.

Burgschenke Tavern

A rustic eatery within the castle, offering local Austrian cuisine and breathtaking vistas.

Ice Caves Werfen

Located not far from the castle, these are among the world's largest ice caves and are worth a visit.

Adventure Castle Path

A hiking trail that leads to the castle, offering an adventurous approach to your visit.

Castle Dungeon

An eerie reminder of the castle's past as a prison, this section is not for the faint-hearted.

Salzach Valley

The valley below offers numerous hiking and cycling opportunities, as well as picturesque views.


The highest point of the castle, offering panoramic views that are perfect for photography.

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In and around Hohenwerfen Castle

Werfen Ice Caves (2.22 km)

Ethereal world within the Werfen Ice Caves, the world's largest ice cave system. Located just an hour's drive south of Salzburg, Austria, this natural marvel promises an adventure that will transport you to an icy wonderland deep within the Alps.

Eagle Nest (19.82 km)

The Eagle's Nest s an architectural marvel with a dark past. Built as a mountaintop retreat for Adolf Hitler, it now serves as a restaurant and historical site with panoramic views that will leave you breathless.

Schonau am Konigssee (20 km)

Experience the heavenly allure of Schönau am Königssee, a Bavarian oasis renowned for its crystal-clear lake, verdant alpine scenery, and idyllic mountain vistas.

Berchtesgaden (21.52 km)

Nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Bavarian Alps, Berchtesgaden is a quaint town that looks like it has been lifted straight from a fairytale.

Hallein (21.69 km)

Hallein is an Austrian town where history and nature converge. Known for its salt mines, scenic landscapes, and historical architecture, Hallein offers a blend of cultural richness and natural beauty that makes it an appealing destination for tourists.

Maria Alm (23.22 km)

Maria Alm, a picturesque village in Austria's Salzburg region, is a hidden alpine gem. With its stunning mountain views, traditional Austrian charm, and a range of outdoor activities, Maria Alm offers a serene and authentic experience of alpine life.

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