Hellbrunn Castle (Schloss Hellbrun), Salzburg

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Built as a summer day residence for Markus Sittikus (who was both a prince and an archbishop), Hellbrunn Castle (Schloss Hellbrun) 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. Put Hellbrunn Castle (Schloss Hellbrun) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Salzburg family vacation planner.
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  • The gardens are beautiful, quirky....funny with the fountains,...but the inside is unusual too . We visited on a very warm day when the sun was beating down on us so the fountains were a great relief!...  more »
  • Hellbrun was brilliant and a must for Sound of Music fans. The gardens were lovely and the history interesting. It was great to see the glass gazebo where the I am sixteen song was acted. Staff were h...  more »
  • A mad archbishop just made in the 17th century the first amusement "park" of Europe. Do not miss this palace and especially its surprisingly gardens.  more »
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  • Calm place with great space to walk around.. The alps and the city view is amazing... You have to climb a bit to get that view but its really worth it!!
  • Kid friendly with lots to see. tranquil and peaceful.
  • Beautiful area to walk around. Fountains weren't open yet but still a fun place.
  • Very good fun! (Not just an old building!)
  • Cool place. Summer visit is a must, if you want to enjoy all that surroundings has to offer.