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!
Salzburg’s prince-archbishop Markus Sittikus planned Hellbrunn Palace as a never-before-seen oasis of enjoyment and leisure. This summer residence sprang up in virtually record-setting time, with construction taking only from 1612 until 1615. Master architect Santino Solari, who was also given the commission for Salzburg Cathedral, created one of the most magnificent Late Renaissance buildings north of the Alps. Visitors to the permanent exhibition “SchauLust” are also invited to explore the rooms and learn more about Hellbrunn’s history. Loving couples who are ready to “tie the knot” also find the perfect backdrop here for the most beautiful day of their lives.
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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! Also well worth a visit are the rotating art installations offered since 2018 under the auspices of the cultural project SkulpturenPark Hellbrunn. A project born in cooperation between the Center of Management and Palace Administration, intended to serve above all as a place of encounter between art and mankind in a natural setting.
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.
What is Hellbrunn Palace?
Built in the 17th century by Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus, this palace was primarily intended for enjoyment and recreation. Today’s visitors can explore the exhibition “SchauLust”, while the palace also serves as a popular setting for weddings. Many visitors are also drawn by the Trick Fountains.
When are Hellbrunn Palace and the Trick Fountains open to visitors?
Visits are possible daily from the beginning of April until the end of November. In July and August, hourly evening tours of the Trick Fountains are also offered.
Where is Hellbrunn Palace located?
In the south of Salzburg. You can travel there by car (fee-based parking is available), bicycle (approximately a 25-minute ride from the city center) or on the No. 25 bus. The palace may also be reached via the River Salzach by ship (Amadeus).
What is the cost of admission to Hellbrunn Palace?
Adults pay €13.50, children up to age 18: € 6. The price of admission includes the palace with audio guide, a guided tour of the Trick Fountains, as well as admission to the Folklore Museum in Hellbrunn.