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Burg Hohenwerfen is a castle approximately 40 km south of the Austrian city of Salzburg. The former fortification was built in the 11th century as a strategic bulwark atop a 155 meter rock high above the Salzach river and valley. Hohenwerfen served Salzburg's rulers, the prince-archbishops, not only as a military base but also as a residential and hunting retreat.

The castle was extended in the 12th century and to a lesser extent again in the 16th century during the Peasants' War, when looting and rioting farmers and miners from the South of Salzburg moved towards the city in 1525 and 1526.

Alternatively it was used as a state prison and therefore had a somewhat sinister reputation. Its prison walls have witnessed the tragic fate of many 'criminals' who spent their days there - maybe their last - under inhuman conditions, and, periodically, various highly ranked noblemen have also been imprisoned there

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