I walked to the Zoo from Hellbrunn Palace gardens. It wasn't the easiest of walks, quite long and quite a steep hill. The Zoo is located on Hellbrunn mountain with steep cliffs on one side and the foothills on the other. It is home to 1,200 wild animals located in 14 acres of zoo grounds.
The zoo itself, was very disappointing. It was so bad, that I didn't bother looking at the whole lot. I was sad for me seeing the animals looking sad in their confinements. It looked like work was being done to make it better for the animals, I do hope so.
ADMISSION IN 2012...Adult € 9.50 ...Children (4-14 years)€ 4.00
Young people (aged 15 to 19 years) € 7.00
Please check the website for opening times as they vary throughout the year.
IF YOU HAVE MADE THE EFFORT TO COME TO HELLBRUNN PALACE, THEN YOU MUST GO TO AND SEE THE TRICK FOUNTAINS.
Prince-Archbishop, Markus Sittikus, the owner of the Palace didn't have Television back then, but he did have other ideas for entertainment. He had a sense of humour and just loved playing practical jokes on his guests.
We were shown the Trick Fountains on a 40 minute tour. We had a wonderful guide who was informative and funny. It looks like there were a few guides, and you are shown what fountains the guide felt like, as I noticed the group behind us saw different ones to us. When we first walked in and saw the ponds and beautiful buildings, this area looked so peaceful, so serene, but was it though.... there were meant to be trick fountains located here somewhere.
We sat ourselves in the stand of the Roman Theatre, and it wasn't long after, the serenity disappeared! Volunteer's were called for to sit on the stone seats surrounding a stone dining table.
All was calm, then the screams came as water passed through conduit and sprayed water into the seat of the guests, giving them wet pants!
The mechanism is activated for this to happen.
Do you think the Prince got wet?...............
Nobody was allowed to move from their seats while the Prince was seated, once he did, then they could, of course, he had pulled the switch by then to operate the trick fountains!
I wonder when his guest's were drowned with water, if 'they' had a sense of humour! I hope it wasn't too cold for them to stay in their wet clothes.
Really, there were hidden fountains everywhere, we never knew when we would be surprised!
Of course, the children and Teenagers just loved this part of the tour!
This area was the highlight of my time here, I had never seen anything like it before.
The fountains are all naturally fed, and very cleverly hidden and it was such fun!
Everybody was laughing, what a way to end my day at the Palace.
The Mechanical Theatre is a magnificent automated Theatre, that too, can only be seen on the Trick Fountain Tour.
This mechanical theatre was built in the 1800's, in the place of an old Grotto. It is a wonderful display of approx 200 water driven figures, at work in a small barouque city. A water driven Organ supplies the music to the setting, thus making it so good, I didn't want the Theatre doors to close!
A tip is.........
If you can see this building in the distance, make sure you are at the front or the middle of the tour group, not the end like we were.
The group stopped, and like all groups of people, are reluctant to move further across, even though they would still have very good views. This left us, along with others in the rear of the group, with not much of a view at all.
The only way you can visit the Grotto's, is on the Trick Fountain tour.
Altogether, there are 3 grotto's in this area, represting Venus, Neptune & Orpheus in Greek Mythology. Each is different in a way, but all are made out out of shells.
There is a Bird Call Grotto, and you may think you are hearing things, when the Birds start twittering. and the Neptune Grotto is the biggest. Neptune has sea horses guarding the entrance.
When the tour group was inside, it became very crowded and hard to take decent photos, you had to be careful too, just incase a spray of water appeared from somewhere. Once you get in dry, then you have to get out dry, not so easy in some cases.
The Grotto's are different and was interesting hearing what the guide has to say about them.
Included in tour price for Trick Fountains.
"THE DIVINE UNIFIES EVEN OPPOSITES" so it says in the Palace garden!
The garden is like many, not a lot of flowers, but lots of greenery, including many hedges, pathways, fountains and statues. It wouldn't be as nice without the huge pond where some Ducks were enjoying themselves. Some of the garden was made into small islands on the pond, quite a clever idea.
As with all these gardens, if you can look down onto them and see the design, I think this is the most beautiful way to view them.
The Palace is a luxurious spacious building, with many rooms, ballrooms and banquet halls, still furnished and decorated in the style of 17th - 18th centuries
The Banquet Hall is something to see, something to gape at, as the whole Banquet hall is covered with wall and ceiling paintings making it one amazing room!
There are antiques and displays behind glass.
He loved Birds and I saw many paintings including a room completely wall-papered with birds and flowers. Another room was full of displays of the prized fish he caught.
There are many rooms to see, most were quite different to other Palaces I had seen!
It was 1612, and Salzburg's Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus von Hohenems had only just ascended to the Throne, and he had to build a country residence straight away!
Hellbrunn Mountain was chosen. Next, how to go about it, as he loved Italian work. He chose a famous Cathedral architect to build his Summer Residence in the Italian architecture that he loved.
Today, I came to see this architectural masterpiece just south of the city that is one of the most magnificent Renaissance buildings north of the Alps
Its known as a Lustschloss ("pleasure palace") and has a spacious park and a unique "Wasserspiele"(trick fountains).
If you are going to see the Trick Fountains, go to the ticket office and book your TIMED TOUR.
You may have to wait a while for the tour, we did, so we had a look in the Palace first, then came back to do the tour. IT IS A MUST DO AT THE PALACE.
We arrived here by Public bus. The Bus stop is on the main road, and then we just walked a short distance to the Palace entrance.
Bus no 25 will take you there, the time-table is on the website below.....
OPENING TIMES.....Trick fountains, palace, folklore museum.
April, October,until November 4: 9 am-4:30pm
May, June, September: 9 am-5:30pm
July, August: 9 am-6pm
July, August: evening tours: 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm
Guided tours every half an hour, trick fountains approx.40 min., Palace approx. 30 min.
ADMISSION IN 2012......
Guided tour of the trick fountains, palace with audio guide, folklore museum.
Adults € 9.50
Children and pupils (4-18 years) € 4.50
Students € 6.50
Groups of 20 adults or more € 7.50 per person
Families (2 adults and 2 children) € 24.00
Combined ticket: Zoo Salzburg, trick fountains, Hellbrunn palace, folklore museum
Adults € 17.00
Children (4-14 years ) € 7.90
Families (2 adults and 2 children) € 46.00
Groups (adults) € 15.00
FREE ADMISSION WITH SALZBURG CARD
Hangar7 - a great museum of airplanes and cars
and all exhibits are well arranged inside a hyper-modern hall that was constructed next to the airport of Salzburg and it even has its own exit, just in case that someone would like to use one of these great airplanes.
Red Bull is sponsor to many formular1 racing-cars and they even bought 2 complete formular1-teams recently, so it is no wonder that you may see a fine collection of these cars arranged around the flying objects of the museum of Hangar 7 !
I am not really an expert about these kinds of racing-cars, but it is nice and interesting to look at them, all of them are spotlessly clean and polished like they came out of the factury just a few days ago. In fact these are the original cars that were used of the racing-seasons and with all of them you may read at the explanations, what driver used to race with them.
this museum is free of charge and there is
a great restaurant and a special bar inside as well,
read more about them in my restaurant-tips !
Fuschl is the western gate of Salzkammergut. The posh village on the lake of the same name was 1st mentioned in 790, but stayed a sleepy hamlet for centuries. The castle of Fuschl, once a hunting lodge belonging to the archbishops, is now a luxury hotel. More about this can check my Salzkammergut Page.
It is not easy to find this great carmuseum, except that you drive through the village of Kaprun in direction to the castle and stop at the Hotel Sport-Kristall, that also has an ancient train of the emperor standing in its frontyard !
Vötter's Fahrzeugmuseum is an interesting vintage-car-museum inside the hotel Sport-Kristall in Kaprun. The museum shows about 150 cars and even the smallest space of the museum-halls are crammed with a car. You will find a lot of cars that you might remember from a long time ago, and most of them are are not "shining" like in other museums, but they rather look like to be in a private garage, waiting to be repaired or so.
I really enjoyed this place, it is just a pity that some of the most precious cars you almost cannot take a photo of, because they are hidden behind many other cars.
The museum is open daily
10.00am - 06.00pm
Sigmund-Klamm is an interesting sight that you really should not miss when coming to Kaprun and Zell am See. It is an easy walk and you have to pay some small entrance-fee before you will be able to walk over and along a fresh mountain-stream making its way through the rocks. At the end of the Sigmund-Klamm you can decide, whether you go back all the way that you came through the Klamm or you might take another path through the woods as well.
The total walkingtime from the carpark through the Klamm and back will be around 1,5 hours.
Sigmundklamm is open for visitors:
from end of May till end of September
daily from 09.00am-05.0pm
entrancefee was 3,30 euros in 2009
There are several salt mines in the vicinity of Salzburg, whence the name which translates to "salt city". The city wealth came from these mines, some of which are still active today. The Bad Dürrnberg mine was active as far as 2500 years ago, by the Celtic inhabitants of the area.
The mine is a perfect place for both adults and kids, which enjoy dressing up in miners clothes, riding the little train and of course slide down in the wooden slides.
On the "A10 Tauernautobahn" motorway take the exit at Hallein (exit 16), cross the first two roundabouts straight ahead, at the third take the lane to the right towards Salzburg. At the second traffic light-right on the bridge-turn right. Exit the following roundabout to the left, cross another bridge and keep to the right always in direction of Salzburg. Immediately after the flyover turn right and follow the mountain road for about 1.5 km, then turn right to the Salzwelten parking lot.
Not too far from the Salzach on the same side of the river as Mirabelli Gardens lies San Sebastion Cemetery.
It shelters the resting place of Leopold Mozart, father of Amadeus. Mozart's wife Constanze Weber is also buried here as well.
Just outside are many excellent restaurants.
The Nonntal area is a nice little area off of the Altstadt but further away from the tourists. Mainly, it is nice for a little stroll. I believed I walked down the Nonntaler Hauptstrasse where there are some neat buildings. The Nonnberg Abbey is on a hill above this area too.
The Mirabell chocolate factory is just south of Salzburg in the town of Grodig (west of Anif, and only about 10 minutes drive from Hellbrunn). You cannot visit the factory. However, there is a factory outlet store beside it in which you may buy their complete line of products. Here the Mozartkugeln are very cheap relative to just about anywhere else, as they sell them in bulk. In July 2010 I paid 21 Euros for 100 Mozartkugeln with defective wrappers (non-defective wrappers: 25 Euros). There are also flat Mozart chocolates with milk chocolate (the balls are with dark chocolate). I bought a whole range of their chocolate products in bulk packages and then divvied it up at home into individual small "baggies" to give as gifts to friends and relatives. This saves a lot of time, money and worry as what to buy for whom.
The address is Hauptstrasse 14, but you probably won't find it by yourself. Even if I gave instructions, they would confuse you even more. The best thing is to ask someone in the town. It's a very small town, so eventually you'll find it. :) BTW, I had a car.
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