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!
Markus Sittikus, prince-archbishop of Salzburg at that time, planned an oasis of pleasure and distraction unlike anything ever seen before. This summer residence sprang up in record-setting time between 1612 and 1615. Its architect, Santino Solari, whose commissions also included Salzburg Cathedral, ended up creating one of the most magnificent Late Renaissance buildings north of the Alps. As you visit the permanent exhibition located there, you will be able to stroll through its rooms and learn more about Hellbrunn’s colorful history. The Hellbrunn Castle is also a perfect location for your wedding. Read more about getting married in Salzburg...
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.
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.