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Kapuzinerberg (City Hill)
5020 Salzburg, Austria
NileGuide Expert tip:
The climb to the top takes up to an hour. It's somewhat strenuous, but the views are worth it!
Kapuzinerberg rises green and tree-covered across the river from Mönchsberg. At 636 meters (2,087 feet), its summit is Salzburg's highest point. Several trails lead to the top. One ascends more or less straight up a series of steps and paths. Another winds its way along side the 17th century defensive wall and bulwarks. A stub'n serving casual meals and drinks, housed in the fortress built to defend the city during the Thirty Years War, can be found at the top. Begin your climb through an arched portal next to the house at Linzergasse 14. The path leads steeply past life-sized stations of the cross. Above them, a grassy plaza offers views over the Neustadt and Mirabellgarten and of the bristling towers and domes of the Altstadt. Nearby is the Capuchin monastery that gives the mountain its name. Further along the path is Kapuziner 5, where the novelist Stefan Zweig lived between 1919 and 1934. At the monument to Mozart, the paths diverge.