Considered one of the finest views in Salzburg, Kim & Eliot climbed it a couple of weeks ago when the weather forecast was promising. But, on Monday last week, the skies cleared so Reed headed into town so we could all hike as a family. I have included pictures here, but a link to the full video is at the end (edited down to a 3 minute trek, of course).
Some of the walls on the hill date back to the 13th Century, a nice contrast to some of the 21st century graffiti as you first enter. Kapuzinerberg Hill still houses an active monastary, but the history of the hill is much more complicated than just that. It was built on the site of a medieval fortress, “Trompeterschlössl.”
You will notice I photographed some of the Stations of the Cross…From Wikipedia: “On the way…. to the monastery are standing 13 oratories with the way of the cross, which were built up between 1736 and 1744, a memorial place for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the old Paschingerschlössl, known as the former house of Stefan Zweig. The different old artillery bastions from 1629, which are distributed around the mountain…..On the crest of the mountain, attainable with a drawbridge, there stands the Franziskischlössl. Today it is a small restaurant. Adolf Hitler wanted to establish a gigantic “Gauburg”, a Stadium and a festival house on that mountain. The end of the war forestalled it however and the Kapuzinerberg still is free of intensive land development.”
In other words, it offers wonderful hiking trails and views of the city.
Needless to say, we didn’t make it to the crest of the mountain with the restaurant…but we did see the Mozart Memorial and some lovely trails. (as seen in the video)
The first stop (if you take this route) is Hettwer Bastion,which is part of the old city walls. Double click for a full view!!!!
The stations of the cross are on this particular route. So, if you walk up this way, you get the stations depicting the story of the Crucifixion of Jesus. We walked down that route, so we didn’t get the ending to the story. Good thing we all know how it ends!
Here is a FULL video of our ‘trek’ up Kapuzinerberg!