Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
 

Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

This is the Salzburg Fort. You can walk up to it. You can even follow the signs to the funicular, end up on the now-abandoned midway platform where the funicular doesn't stop, walk up the last bit, realize that you're one euro short of the admission fee and that they don't take any cards and walk down promising yourself that the fortress will be among the first buildings to go once nuclear weapons become ubiquitous, but once you hit ground level again you'll probably just gorge youself silly on pastries. Then you take the funicular up.

This is the Salzburg Fort. You can walk up to it. You can even follow the signs to the funicular, end up on the now-abandoned midway platform where the funicular doesn't stop, walk up the last bit, realize that you're one euro short of the admission fee and that they don't take any cards and walk down promising yourself that the fortress will be among the first buildings to go once nuclear weapons become ubiquitous, but once you hit ground level again you'll probably just gorge youself silly on pastries. Then you take the funicular up.

The only time the fortress was beseiged was in 1525 when a group of miners and townspeople tried to oust Prince Archbishop Cardinal Matthäus Lang. The fort was surrendered without a fight during the Napoleonic Wars, by which time it had ceased to have any military significance.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 12:24

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

This is what most of the old town of Salzburg looks like.

This is what most of the old town of Salzburg looks like.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 12:31

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

The main streets (as main as the go) are connected by passages through the buildings, leading to interior courts such as this one.

The main streets (as main as the go) are connected by passages through the buildings, leading to interior courts such as this one.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 12:33

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

Detail from the University Church.

Detail from the University Church.

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2006-12-27 12:42

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

Another small passageway.

Another small passageway.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 12:45

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

Interior of the Salzburg Cathedral.

Interior of the Salzburg Cathedral[a].

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 13:33

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

Interior of the Salzburg Cathedral's dome.

Interior of the Salzburg Cathedral[b]'s dome.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 13:35

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

View of Salzburg - with the old town being closest - from the fort. The church at the bottom right is the Salzburg Cathedral.

View of Salzburg - with the old town being closest - from the fort. The church at the bottom right is the Salzburg Cathedral.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 13:57

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

Masonry heater from the officers' quarters.

Masonry heater from the officers' quarters.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 14:07

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

Shell.

Shell.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 14:11

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

The top of the hill has been used since way back in time. These are the remnants of an old oven (basically a through used for burning wood in), that was found by archaeologists on the peak of the mountain.

The top of the hill has been used since way back in time. These are the remnants of an old oven (basically a through used for burning wood in), that was found by archaeologists on the peak of the mountain.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 14:18

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

This is the top of Fort Hill, laid bare.

This is the top of Fort Hill, laid bare.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 14:18

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

This is an ancient Romanesque (looks Roman, but they didn't build it) chapel. On the floor you can see pieces of fresco and decorations that were found in the archaeological dig.

This is an ancient Romanesque (looks Roman, but they didn't build it) chapel. On the floor you can see pieces of fresco and decorations that were found in the archaeological dig.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 14:24

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

Cargo funicular leading up from the road.

Cargo funicular leading up from the road.

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2006-12-27 14:28

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

Fortress courtyard.

Fortress courtyard.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 14:29

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

View west along the northern wall.

View west along the northern wall.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 14:32

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

View toward the Untersberg.

View toward the Untersberg[c].

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2006-12-27 14:40

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

A very compact house squeezed in.

A very compact house squeezed in.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 15:03

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

A wishing well near the cathedral. Water comes from the hills and rushes down the hole.

A wishing well near the cathedral. Water comes from the hills and rushes down the hole.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 16:08

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

View south along the Salzach river.

View south along the Salzach river.

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2006-12-27 15:15

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

View north along the Salzach river

View north along the Salzach river

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2006-12-27 16:27

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

The old market square.

The old market square.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 17:15

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

St.Peters Friedhof (graveyard), at the foot of Fort Hill.

St.Peters Friedhof (graveyard), at the foot of Fort Hill.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 17:28

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

Illuminated grave.

Illuminated grave.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 17:33

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

The cathedral, as seen from the graveyard.

The cathedral, as seen from the graveyard.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 17:34

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

View north along the river after sunset.

View north along the river after sunset.

Salzburg, Austria

2006-12-27 17:54

Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria