Hellbrunn Castle (Schloss Hellbrun), Salzburg

(4.1/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This palace was designed with many tricks for the visitors. I like the ideas of its creators. You should come here and enjoy those funny tricks and you will love it.  more »
  • Glad we did this. Interesting history and a fun morning to spend with our family. Would recommend it  more »
  • We really enjoyed our trip here. The castle had an excellent audio guide and was very interesting to explore all the different rooms and displays. The gardens were impressive with the water displays a...  more »
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  • The only restaurant here in Hellbrunn. There's also a small cafe nearby. So I suggest you eat in town first or pack your own lunch before you head out to Hellbrunn or just have lunch here with limited selections of restaurants. It is quite packed as well so you have to queue and wait
  • No smile, no ambience, no service. Too bad, at a place that has real potential
  • The location is attractive and pleasant sitting on the sun terrace. It's the only advantage of this location but from our point of view. Otherwise tourist mass processing. Only a few dishes to choose from; the prices are borderline if one takes into account the poor (or non-existent) service. Despite multiple request, our table - on the food and beverage traces of several predecessors were - was not cleaned. For this, we had to wait about 45 minutes on the food and even makeshift cover the contaminated table with paper napkins. Late, I noticed that the Chair itself was beautiful - my bright pants had a red ketchup stain I could remove makeshift fortunately in the toilet on the upper leg. We were served by three different people, was not knowing who is responsible for our table at all. It is failed to order more drinks to us for the service. "I tell Mr / Mrs" was the standard saying, but no one came to take of the re-ordering. And it seemed to other guests similar to be like us. In cash the waiter apologized then at least for the inconvenience, but it was too late to do something good. Bottom line: we're definitely not a second time - goodbye! (Stay in July 2015, on a weekday lunch)
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  • The rain came after a little more beautiful landscape
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