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Hellbrunn Palace with garden | © Schlossverwaltung Hellbrunn

Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains

For more than 400 years, Hellbrunn Palace has enchanted and amazed its visitors with its trick fountains. A unique experience with all kinds of surprises in store!

The Hellbrunn Pleasure Palace: Joie de vivre since 1615

When Salzburg's Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus commissioned the architect Santino Solari to build his pleasure palace, it was clear that it was to be a place of pleasures and recreation such as the world had never before seen. Thus, in a record-breakingly short construction period (1612-1615), a renaissance palace was built, which – with its magnificent gardens, grottos, and trick fountains – cast its spell not only over the Prince-Archbishop and his guests; Hellbrunn continues to this day to amaze visitors from all over the world. The famous trick fountains and the interactive permanent exhibition "GrandDelight – The unexpected world of Markus Sittikus" convey history in a refreshingly different way – just as the prince-archbishop would have liked.
The Hellbrunn Castle is also a perfect location for your wedding.

The fountains - a spectacle quite beyond compare

The idyllic location in the south of Salzburg was ideal in many regards: Hellbrunn Mountain is a naturally abundant source of water, which inevitably became a central design feature of the palace grounds. The centerpiece is provided by Mannerist trick fountains that are absolutely unique. From a mechanical theater to water-spewing stags, to a crown dancing atop a spout of water - the many-and-varied hydraulic attractions never fail to captivate visitors with their originality and astonishing effects.

The fountains once used by Markus Sittikus to entertain his guests can still be visited today, every bit as fun now as they were back then. Mysterious grottos, water-powered figures and hidden water jets waiting to surprise unsuspecting visitors promise splashingly good times for big and small. Especially on hot summer days, the Hellbrunn fountains are a welcome source of refreshment!

A special tip for romantics: Guided evening tours in July and August treat you to a magical mix of water, light and music.

Roaming through the palace grounds

The spacious parks and gardens of Hellbrunn Palace are partially landscaped, partially natural biotope. They are a marvelous place to unwind, take a walk and enjoy a bit of outdoor sport. Children will immediately be drawn to the big adventure playground. And in winter, too, Hellbrunn is always well worth a visit: During the run-up to Christmas, the palace courtyard and the old driveway are transformed into a festive Advent market.


The park and the trick fountains are wheelchair accessible. You can rent a wheelchair at the trick fountains cashier’s desk. Unfortunately, the palace is not wheelchair accessible. Metered handicapped parking spaces are signposted in the parking lot (maximum daily fee 3.60 EUR). Free parking with the Eurokey.

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