Hohensalzburg : Michelin's recommendations
At 120 m above the Salzach, the familiar, big, crenellated towers of the Archbishops' Castle watch over the city, supported by the powerful stone bastions that grip the natural wall of the Mönchsberg. Of course, the view is superb up here, notably from the Kuenburg bastion which overlooks the Old Town. From the Watchtower (Reckturm), the panorama spreads out southwards, towards the Alps. The first castle was erected in 1077, at the time of war between Church and Empire, when the archbishop, the pope's ally, had to confront the German Emperor's troops. Until the end of the 15th century, it was constantly extended, restored, converted. With its towers, barbicans, armouries and arms depots, it is a real mini town perched on its wooded mound. Pleasant surprises await you on your tour of the castle. Indeed, as archbishops liked to live there, it contains state rooms, sumptuously fitted out by Leonhard von Keutschach (1495 to 1519). Walls are adorned with Gothic-style wood carvings, doors fitted with ornamental hinges and coffered ceilings with gilded studs. The visit's highlights are the Gilded Room and its abundantly decorated, monumental porcelain stove (1501), Hall of Justice, with beams adorned of shields bearing the arms of the dioceses, abbeys and court dignitaries, as well as a barrel-organ dating from 1502.. You can finish by visiting the museum which exhibits Medieval mementoes (notably arms). Also, don't miss the south wall of St. George's church, with its handsome red-marble sculptured group of archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach's funerary monument.
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