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. Put Schloss Hellbrunn on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Salzburg family vacation planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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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  • August 19, 2017
    Great castle experience & so surprised of these fountain tricks created by archbishop Markus Sittikus. Just amazing!!! Super recommended!
  • August 15, 2017
    Nice place for relax, see history and walk arround many water basens.There is nice places for a play outdoor games, or outdoor run, walking. Close ZOO is great tip for all Child visitors ;).
  • July 9, 2017
    Water tricks tour, especially for small children (4 and older) was amazing. Make sure you visit summer, and expect to get wet. Its fun.
  • July 24, 2017
    Nice garden! The interior is also interesting. Be carefull of the man or woman who guides around the gardens! Stay away of him/her unless you want to be wet!
  • June 22, 2017
    The trick fountains and gardens are ok. Interiors of Schloss have nice frescoes, apart from that there is nothing interesting. Only first floor is open to public, it won't take more than half an hour to see it. The trick fountains can be seen with a guided tour only, though one can walk around rest of the gardens for free, just like the gardens of most of the palaces and castles in the area.

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