Schloss Hellbrunn, Salzburg

Built as a summer day residence for Markus Sittikus (who was both a prince and an archbishop), Schloss Hellbrunn is famous for its trick fountains. The palace was built from 1613 to 1619 as a place of celebration. Sittikus designed the fountains and water-powered figures in the palace's park to entertain and confuse his guests. The trick fountains spray at seemingly random moments, so be prepared to get a little bit wet. Visit the grottos to see representations of Greek mythology, and watch the water-powered show of Perseus freeing Andromeda and Apollo flaying Marsyas. Walk through the palace to get a feel for how the prince and his noble guests celebrated. The park was designed as a show of contrasts of light and dark, fire and water. Plan your Schloss Hellbrunn visit and explore what else you can see and do in Salzburg using our Salzburg travel route planner .
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  • Visit under rain but still deserved the penalty, stunning gardens and beautiful Palace and travel that you make with a very correct and fun guide. Another must-see in Salzburg.
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  • A little way out of town but worth the visit. The gardens are impressive especially the trick fountains which are good fun. The summer house from the film of The Sound of Music has also been relocated...  more »
  • The Hellbrunn Castle and grounds is worth the visit. The castle was one of the location shoots for The Sound of Music and the gardens is well worth the visit. There is also the Salzburg zoo which was ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place! The ticket is €12.50 which gives you tour to the trick fountains, entrance & audio guide to the palace, and some museum. In my opinion, those things are unnecessary though interesting. The park itself is where the beauty resides and it's free. Many tall trees and squirrels, birds, digs walking their owners 😋, etc. I really love taking a slow stroll. Unfortunately I didn't have much time when I was here, so I didn't get to walk the whole park. I think you may need about 3 hours to cover the whole park. After your nice long stroll, you can get some coffee and cakes at the Parkcafé. It's very family friendly.
  • The castle is nothing extraordinary, save for the infamous trick fountains, which are fun for everyone who likes to get wet. Not sure how the fountain show could amaze you in rainy days, when you're wet anyway. The tour of the castle is a self-guided audio tour, where every visitor receives an audio player. The fountain tours are guided-only and take about a half-hour. The walk of the gardens in the back are free of charge and provide a nice place to take a break, along with an easy access to the city's zoo for families with kids. You can get to the castle either by bus directly from the center - takes about 20 minutes and is free with the Salzburg city card, or by car and you'd have to find a parking spot around in the streets.
  • Schloss Hellbrunn is sourrounded by beautiful grounds and the Schloss itself is a step back in time. Perfect for a peaceful afternoon stroll.
  • Absolutely beautiful, one of the highlights of our Salzburg stay. The trick fountains were so fun and our guide humorous, while the palace gardens were huge with spaces for the family to have picnics, birthday celebrations, children climbing trees and what not. Go a little earlier so you can pair this with a visit to the Salzburg Zoo.
  • Beautiful place with excellent and informative exhibits. Don't miss the Wasserspeil (water tricks) tour of the fountains. There is a separate audioguide for the castle.

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