Hellbrunn Palace is located south of Salzburg, amidst an extensive park. The maison de plaisance and its gardens take visitors to a world of wealth and dashing celebrations. Nowadays, the palace is popular mainly for its watergames.
The famous jeux d'eau have hardly been changed over time. Hence, you will experience the watergames just as people did 400 years ago. A guided tour is included in the entrance fee, taking you through mysterious grottos with water-powered figure games. Be prepared to get a little wet!
After you've enjoyed the watergames, don't forget to visit the rest of the park area. Artificial landscapes boast a number of differend ponds. Furthermore, an entirely untouched biotope is located on the grounds. Special highlight for Sound of Music fans: the pavilion where Liesl and Franz meet for the first time is located in the palace gardens.
On top of that, Hellbrunn mountain rewards you with a stunning view of Salzburg. You can also find Salzburg Museum's Folklore Museum here, as well as a stone quarry, turned into a theatre by Sittikus.
Inside the palace, an audio guide helps you find your way around. In 2015, ballroom, music room, and Carnival room were rebuilt. Another seven rooms were restored in 2016, where a permanent exhibition about Markus Sittikus was opened.
The palace lies adjacent to Salzburg's zoo. Combo tickets are available, if you want to visit both attractions on the same day.
Hellbrunn Palace was built between 1613 and 1615, under the rule of archbishop Markus Sitticus. It was used as a summer residence, and hence built as a maison de plaisance, where celebrations and receptions were held.
Over the years, the park has been partly rebuilt to suit new fashions. However, watergames and palace remain nearly unchanged. Hellbrunn is still used as a venue for diverse events. Furthermore, it serves as a recreational area and is one of Salzburg's most popular tourist attractions.
How to get there
Coming from Tauern motorway A 10, you exit at Salzburg Süd. Follow B150 for 1.5 kilometers, until it meets B159. Turn left and follow the road until you reach the palace. Parking is available.
Bus 25 takes you from the city centre to the palace.