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Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains

Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains

Fürstenweg 37
5020 Salzburg
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In 1612, only a few months after ascending the throne, Salzburg's Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus von Hohenems commissioned a country residence to be built at the foot of the well-watered Hellbrunn Mountain. A lover of Italian art and culture, Markus Sittikus commissioned the famous Cathedral architect, Santino Solari, to design a "villa suburbana", a summer residence matching the elegance and spaciousness of the magnificent Italian architecture with which he was so obsessed. Within a relatively short period of time an architectural masterpiece was created just south of the city that remains one of the most magnificent Renaissance buildings north of the Alps: the Lustschloss ("pleasure palace") of Hellbrunn with its spacious park and its unique Wasserspiele (trick fountains).

Water was the central theme in the palace's design. The numerous sources in Hellbrunn Mountain gave the estate effervescent life. Hidden in the shade of bushes and trees or jetting out from unexpected hiding places - the world-famous Wasserspiele have been the main attraction at Hellbrunn for almost 400 years.

Hellbrunn only served the archbishops as a residence in exceptional cases. With its magnificent ballrooms, the enchanting gardens and the unique trick fountains, the palace was primarily used as the site of luxurious celebrations and festivities, spectacular events and cultural highlights.

The spacious park was redecorated around 1730 according to plans by the inspector of the royal gardens, Franz Anton Danreiter, and adapted to the "new" style of the age. The mythical and historical statues date back to the beginning of the 17th century. A statue of Empress Elisabeth, sculpted by Edmund von Hellmer, which had formerly stood in front of the old "Hotel Europe" at the Empress Elisabeth Railway Station (today's central railway station) was placed in the so-called English Park.

Markus Sittikus had the natural stone quarry in Hellbrunn transformed into a stage, creating the "Steintheater" (Stone Theater), the oldest open-air stage in Europe.

Today the Hellbrunner "Monatsschlösschen", originally called Waldems and built in 1615 for Archbishop Markus Sittikus, as its name suggests, within the record time of only a month, houses the folklore museum of the Salzburg Museum. The manor, idyllically situated overlooking Hellbrunn Park, houses a collection of regional folklore with objects of popular customs and piety, furnishings, popular medicine and a number of beautiful Trachten (traditional costumes) worn in the Salzburg valley regions.

Visitors originally came to Hellbrunn for Excursions, hunts and elegant receptions. Today they come for meetings, seminars and glamorous social events. And perhaps the reason that the palace has become a popular venue for international events is that it was built for that very purpose almost 400 years ago!


Opening hours 2014:
Trick fountains, palace, folklore museum.
April, October, until November 2: 9 am-4:30*pm
May, June, September: 9 am-5:30*pm
July, August: 9 am-6*pm
July, August: evening tours: 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm
*beginning of last tour (Guided Tours every half an hour)
duration of tour: trick fountains approx.40 min., palace approx. 30 min.

Admission fees 2014:
Guided tour of the trick fountains, palace with audio guide, folklore museum.
Adults € 10.50
Children and pupils (4-18 years) € 5.00
Students € 7.00
Groups of 20 adults or more € 8.50 per person
Families (2 adults and 1 child) € 25.00, every additional child € 2.00
One time free admission with the Salzburg Card!
Admission to park and orangery free.

Combined ticket 2014: Zoo Salzburg, trick fountains, Hellbrunn palace, folklore museum
Adults € 19.00
Children (4-14 years ) € 8.40
Family card (2 adults, 1 child) € 45.50
every additional child € 5.50
groups (adults) € 16.50
groups (children) € 8,20







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