There are 5 Castles within an hours drive of the Pension Hoffelner, all perfect for a Day Trip


Former Archiepiscopal Fortress dating from the 11th Century.

The 900-year-old Hohenwerfen Fortress towers high above the Salzach Valley, between the Tennen and Hagen mountain ranges.

Bulwark dating from the 11th century

Adventurers and culture buffs will find exactly what they’re looking for at Hohenwerfen: a variety of attractions including tours of the fortress, a weapons exhibit, a romantic castle tavern, a medieval shop and the historic Falconry Center with daily flight demonstrations, the first Austrian Falconry Museum as well as changing special exhibitions.

Extensive social program: Special evening programs with an extensive social program are offered during the summer months of July and August. The visitors program is rounded off by countless afternoons offering folklore, theater performances and the special falconry programs.

The fortress is accessed up a shaded footpath (approx. 15 minutes’ walk). An elevator carrying passengers straight up to the fortress courtyard is available at an extra charge.

Mauterndorf Castle

Far from the hustle and bustle of the city yet easily accessible, Mauterndorf Castle in Salzburg’s Lungau region is an art-historical jewel in the middle of a fascinating mountain panorama.

Toll castle dating back to the 13th century

The toll castle dating from the 13th century sits on a rock to the northwest of the town of Mauterndorf.

An exciting journey back in time to the Middle Ages awaits you at Mauterndorf Castle. Meet the lord of the castle, Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach and his entourage.

Your visit will be rounded off with a visit to the Lungau Regional Museum and the 44-meter peel tower with a fascinating view of Mauterndorf and the surrounding mountains.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

What would Mozart’s City be without the most prominent feature in its silhouette?  Reigning majestically over the city rooftops, Hohensalzburg Fortress dominates the cityscape.

The 900-year-old Hohensalzburg Fortress, the city’s chief landmark, is the biggest and most fully-preserved fortification in Europe. Built by Archbishop Gebhard during the investiture controversy in 1077, it served to protect the clergy and the population.

Over the rooftops of Mozart’s city Hohensalzburg Fortress offers visitors a stunning view of the city of Salzburg and its environs.

The Fortress is accessed from Kapitelplatz through the Festungsgasse; visitors can choose between the funicular, departing every 10 minutes, or taking a 30-minute walk to the top.

The Archiepiscopal Salzburg Residenz

Where Salzburg’s spiritual and secular rulers once lived and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played piano…

The Residenz, used by the princes for entertainment purposes for centuries, was built by Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in the 16th century and is owned by the Salzburg Province today.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played for the prince regularly in the State Rooms of the Residenz. His violin concerto,  K. 219 in A minor for example, was first performed in the Conference Room on December 20, 1775.

Today, Salzburg Residenz is one of the most significant buildings in Salzburg’s historic city center.  Of the more than 180 rooms and halls, the 15 State Rooms on the second floor are used by the state government on formal occasions and can be rented for all kinds of elegant events.

The Residenz Gallery, an art collection in the royal tradition, is also located on the 2nd floor.

Landscape Museum at Trautenfels Castle

The natural and cultural history of the Styrian Enns Valley and the Ausseerland form an attractive exhibition. The Baroque castle of Trautenfels is situated in a delightful Alpine scenery at the foot of Grimming Mountain. It offers its visitors magnificent rooms of luxurious décor and the unique antler room of Count Lamberg.