The fortresses dotting the European landscape are each worthy of their very own fairytale. These magnificent structures have survived wars, fires, dozens of generations, and stood the test of time. Here are 5 most underrated fortresses scattered throughout Europe that belong on every traveler’s itinerary.
1. The Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzaburg, Austria
The Hohensalzburg Fortress is the most important fortress in central Europe, a fortified castle, located in a favorable position and the most important tourist attraction in Salzburg. The Hohensalzburg Fortress is a tourist attraction in Salzburg that must be visited if you are on holiday here.
With its history of almost 1000 years, it is the symbol of the city of Salzburg and dominates the panoramic image of the city, from the height of the hill on which it is built. The sights of special interest inside the Hohensalzburg fortress are the medieval princely chambers and the museum that it includes within its walls. Access to the fortress has been made, since 1892, with the help of funiculars or on foot.
2. The Golubac Fortress, Serbia
3. Tsarevets Fortress, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Tsarevets is a medieval fortress located on a hill of the same name in Veliko Tarnovo (northern Bulgaria). It was the primary fortress of the Second Bulgarian Empire, hosting the royal and patriarchal palaces.
An audio-visual show “Sound and Light” takes place every night; 3 lasers, various lights, dramatic music, and church bells are used to tell the story of the fall of the fortress in the face of the Ottoman attack, as well as other key moments in the history of Bulgaria.
As you enter, you will notice the thick walls that had a corridor inside them, but also the huge crossbows and catapults that have been used to defend the fog from various invasions over the years. A walk through this will reveal the beauty of the old fortress.