Hellbrunn Palace

Salzburg, Austria

Between 1612 and 1615, Salzburg’s prince-archbishop Markus Sittikus commissioned the building of a summer residence at the foot of Hellbrunn mountain, a location already abundant in naturally flowing waters. Based on Italian models and in a relatively short period of time, an architectural jewel had been created, still reckoned amongst the most magnificent Renaissance buildings north of the Alps. Hellbrunn was only meant for use as a day residence in summer, as the Archbishop usually returned to Salzburg in the evening, therefore, there is no bedroom in Hellbrunn.

The schloss is also famous for its jeux d'eau ('watergames') in the grounds, which are a popular tourist attraction in the summer months. These games were conceived by Markus Sittikus, a man with a keen sense of humour, as a series of practical jokes to be performed on guests. Notable features include stone seats around a stone dining table through which a water conduit sprays water into the seat of the guests when the mechanism is activated, and hidden fountains that surprise and spray guests while they take part on the tour. Other features are a mechanical, water-operated and music-playing theatre built in 1750 including some 200 automata showing various professions at work, a grotto and a crown being pushed up and down by a jet of water, symbolising the rise and fall of power. At all of these games there is always a spot which is never wet: that where the Archbishop stood or sat, to which there is no water conduit and which is today occupied by the tour guide.


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Founded: 1612-1619
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Austria


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Eric Clermont (10 months ago)
Lots to do and see at this estate so make sure you give yourself enough time. A great combination of trails and museum attractions. If you want to see the trick fountains and you have a Salzburg Card, you'll need to still register to get tickets (at no charge).
Ave Pill (11 months ago)
Beautiful castle and parks, free for just walking and admiring all the beauty... In the beginning of the entrance catwalk, there is a Sound of Music pavilion where the famous scene with Lisle and Rolf was filmed.
Tanya Kronfeld (11 months ago)
Nice small palace with beautiful (!!!!) park and fun fountains. We didn’t buy tickets ahead, just arrived and used Salzburg pass to buy entry ticket. We have spent great time there!!!
Eliram Lugassi (12 months ago)
A cool attraction for kids and adults alike Buy the saltzburg card! Buying it allows entrenched to this attraction as well. The trick fountains are about 30 minutes go around and is very fun, it's a whole show - be sure to bring headphones with you so you can listen with ease to the vocal guide provided. Also - pay attention to the timed entrence to trick fountains, be there on time The museum in the main house is included in the ticket and is about 15-20 minute strall Also available is the restaurant which is a bit slow when full but does the job Have fun ?
Crystal Simmons (12 months ago)
This was a nice stop on the Sound of Music Tour. The gazebo from the movie has been moved here so that it is easily accessible to fans of the movie. The original location is now a hotel. You could spend an afternoon looking around and enjoying the history. The gazebo is so much smaller than the one depicted in the movie
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