Schloss Hellbrunn, Salzburg

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    Hellbrunn - the gardens
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    Hellbrunn Gardens

    by jojes Updated Jan 13, 2014

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    Hellbrunn Palace gardens are surrounded by a large yellow-ish wall all around with several entrance gates. There is about 60 hectares of grounds around the castle.

    The gardens at the grounds of Hellbrunn Palace are well worth a visit.
    The are well-maintained and full of water and bright coloured plants.
    There are several ponds with huge fish in it.
    In one part of the gardens is a very nice playground for the kids to enjoy ... and parents as well.
    And of course the huge fields are very inviting for a relaxing football (soccer :-) ) match or a nice family picknick.

    In the park there's not only the palace itself and %[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/2363dd/]the trick fountains, but also the 'Monatsschlössl'. It was built - as the name says - in one month time. Nowadays the Carolina Augusteum Museum of Salzburg houses it's ethnographical section here.

    There is no entrance fee if you only visit the gardens.

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    The Hellbrunner trick fountains

    by jojes Updated Jan 13, 2014

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    The Salzburger archbishop Markus Sittikus von Hohenems had this lovely castle built in 1612 as a summer residence just outside Salzburg.
    It lies at the foot of Hellbrunn mountain. As there was a lot of water present and as the archbishop loved to play a joke on his guests, he commissioned the creation of this magnificent garden with trick fountains.

    The "Steintheater" (Stone Theater) was created in the natural quarry in the gardens. It’s the oldest open-air stage in Europe.

    The water gardens can be visited during a guided tour.

    Everywhere in the gardens are hidden waterly features, either big or small.
    There are ‘caves’, fountains, mechanical scenes, … all only operated by water. Every figure that turns, moves, tsjilps, … is only operated by the force of water.
    An impressive feature is the huge stone table at the stone theatre. The archbishop used to sit at the head of the table. In those days it was forbidden to stand up as long as he was seated. The guests were seated alongside the table. Their seats were a bit different from the archbishops seat … they all had a hole it them with a little tube. At a given time during the course of the evening, the bishop made someone turn the handle, making water gush up from under the guests. As it was not allowed to get up … you can imagine what they looked like afterwards.
    Another huge realization is the mechanical theatre. It depicts a scene with 200 figures from the time of construction, with people dancing and working. By turning the water on everything starts to move and music starts to play … all by the force of water, no electricity used. Hard to imagine it was built in 1750.

    More info can be found on this website.

    Opening hours (2014)
    Trick fountains, palace, folklore museum.
    April, October, until November 2: 9 am-4:30*pm
    May, June, September: 9 am-5:30*pm
    July, August: 9 am-6*pm
    July, August: evening tours: 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm
    *beginning of last tour (guided tours every half an hour)
    duration of tour: trick fountains approx.40 min., palace approx. 30 min.

    Admission fees (2014)
    Guided tour of the trick fountains, palace with audio guide, folklore museum.
    Adults € 10.50
    Children and pupils (4-18 years) € 5.00
    Students € 7.00
    Groups of 20 adults or more € 8.50 per person
    Families (2 adults and 1 child) € 25.00, every additional child € 2.00
    One time free admission with the Salzburg Card!
    Admission to park and orangery free.

    Combined ticket 2014: Zoo Salzburg, trick fountains, Hellbrunn palace, folklore museum
    Adults € 19.00
    Children (4-14 years ) € 8.40
    Family card (2 adults, 1 child) € 45.50
    every additional child € 5.50
    groups (adults) € 16.50
    groups (children) € 8,20

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    A Damn Good Soaking

    by grayfo Updated Feb 4, 2013

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    Hellbrun Palace was built as a summer residence by prince-bishop Marcus Sitticus. The purpose of our visit was to see the palace’s main attractions, chiefly the surprise fountains in the garden. The bishop had the idea of having them built following a stay in Rome; unfortunately for his visitors he took the surprise to extreme. Unexpectedly, water would suddenly gush out from the stone seats and soak his guests sitting at the table in the Roman theatre – except for the bishop himself, who was greatly amused at the joke. Take care, the guides on my visit shared the bishop’s sense of humour; watch out too for surprises in the various grottos.

    April, October, November: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
    May, June, September: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
    July and August: 9:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Adults: 10.50 EUR
    Children (4 - 18): 5.00 EUR

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    Schloss Hellbrunn

    by mvtouring Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Schloss Hellbrunn was built early in the 17th century by Santino Solari as the prince-archbishops pleasure palace. The castle has some really fascinating rooms, including an octagonal music room and a banquet hall with a trompe-l'oeil ceiling. When visiting the gardens, you will not believe the the realm of fantasy that the grand Salzburg archbishops indulged in. Really makes you think.... hmm. The Monatsschlösschen, the old hunting lodge, contains an excellent folklore museum. The palace deer park now includes a zoo featuring free-flying vultures and Alpine animals that largely roam unhindered. Quite a thing to visit

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    Schloss Hellbrunn A baroque fun park

    by Maryimelda Updated Mar 30, 2011

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    Part of the fountain set up

    The Schloss Hellbrunn or Hellbrunn Palace is one of the most sought out sights or attractions in Salzburg today. It was the built from a concept by Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus in three short years spanning 1613-1615. It was the work ofItalian architect Santino Solari. It boasts all of the fine features expected of a palace at the time, but has one very unusual exception that sets it apart and it is this exception that brings the crowds to visit Hellbrunn in their droves today.
    The gardens at Schloss Hellbrunn conceal a mass of fountains which can turn on at any time and completely saturate all who are anywhere near them. One fountain is set around an outdoor dining table and spurts up between all the guest's chairs giving them a thorough drenching whilst the host sits high and dry at the head of the table. Not my idea of fun when dressed up for an elegant dinner party, but as a fun place to go on a hot summer's day, the gardens are exceptional and so much fun.

    Opening hours 2011:
    Trick fountains, palace, folklore museum.
    April, October, November 1: 9 am-4:30*pm
    May, June, September: 9 am-5:30*pm
    July, August: 9 am-6*pm
    July, August: evening tours trick fountains: 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm
    *beginning of last tour, guided tours every half an hour,
    duration of tour: trick fountains 30-40 min., palace 20 min.

    Admission fees 2011:
    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
    Families (2 adults and 2 children) € 24.00
    One time free admission with the Salzburg Card!
    Admission to park and orangery free.

    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
    One time free admission with the Salzburg Card!

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  • Schloss Hellbrun

    by Riaiff Updated Jan 2, 2011

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    I could not believe it. Another place where I had to climb more stairs than what is good for me. By now I have had all the excercise I can get for a whole year, is this going to stop. A lovely excursion though, thourougly enjoyed it.

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    Hellbrunn Castle

    by gigina Written Aug 31, 2008

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    According to legend it was constructed in only one month - thus the name: the Month Palace.

    Even today the still fascinating, full of surprises, trick fountains, allows you to relive the wonderful times of the famous Salzburg Prince Archbishop.
    As in the old days the world-famous Hellbrunn trick fountains perform their special magic. The only original water-machine still preserved in Europe invites you into a world of mythology and illusion. One approaches the grotto on a path, from which water jets squirt from both sides, they so form an archway, so that the visitors can walk right through. When leaving the grotto the guide turns on these water jets and the visitors jump fast, still dry, beneath the archway. But not without getting wet by further splashes which change their direction in unexpected ways, of course just then, when the visitors think that they are safe from a further wetting.

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    Hellbrunn Castle

    by gigina Written Aug 31, 2008

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    According to legend it was constructed in only one month - thus the name: the Month Palace.

    Even today the still fascinating, full of surprises, trick fountains, allows you to relive the wonderful times of the famous Salzburg Prince Archbishop.
    As in the old days the world-famous Hellbrunn trick fountains perform their special magic. The only original water-machine still preserved in Europe invites you into a world of mythology and illusion. One approaches the grotto on a path, from which water jets squirt from both sides, they so form an archway, so that the visitors can walk right through. When leaving the grotto the guide turns on these water jets and the visitors jump fast, still dry, beneath the archway. But not without getting wet by further splashes which change their direction in unexpected ways, of course just then, when the visitors think that they are safe from a further wetting.

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    Trick Fountains

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Jun 13, 2008

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    In 1976, we took a City Tour to Hellbrun Castle and saw the trick fountains

    My grandmother wrote to my mother,

    This afternoon we went on a city tour including Hellbrunn Castle with all the fun showers of water that the guide turns on - we wore raincoats - it wasn't very wet tho

    * Fountains - trick with a guide
    * Palace with an audio-guide
    * Tour of the Museum of Ethnic Studies

    ADMISSION PRICES 2008 (incl. 10% VAT):
    Adults 8,50 €
    Students (19-26 years) 6,00 €
    Children/Pupils (4-18 years) 3,80 €
    Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) 21,50 €
    OPENING TIMES DAILY:
    March, April, October* 9am - 4.30pm**
    May, June, September 9am - 5.30pm**
    July, August 9am - 10pm**

    * Season opens on March 20th. Open Until November 2th.
    ** Start of the last tour

    Exclusive tours on request

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    Heilbrunn Palace and Gardens

    by FrostyJW Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    This attractive house and gardens is well worth seeing, but only open in the Summer months. Choose a sunny day to visit, or the trick water gardens will not seem so attractive or fun! Easy to get to on local bus No 5, which goes close the entrance, and takes about 15-20 mins from Salzburg centre, by the main bridge over the river. If you have the Salzburg visitor card, then the bus travel and entrance fee are free, and you do not need to purchase a ticket at Palace entrance. Tours are guided only, and you simply wait for sufficient number in a group for the tour to start. Take a waterproof coat to wear when touring the gardens, or expect to get wet!

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    Hellbrunn area

    by adema29 Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    The Mechanical Theatre - Trick-fountains

    Hellbrunn is a traditional tourist attraction at the gates of Salzburg.
    You can spend a nice day visiting the palace and its park . But...pay attention to the tricky fountains! Do not sit at the Royal Table in the Roman Theatre if you do not want to get wet from the begining!:)

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    Hellbrunn Trick-Fountains & Garden

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 19, 2007

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    The former owner of Hellbrunn Palace, an Archbishop, was getting rather bored by having to meet with and keep company with people he disliked and found boring so to make these meetings interesting he made this water garden with a difference. All around are secluded places where water could squirt getting the guests wet. The most notable of which is a stone table in which water can be projected through the seats except for the head of the table where the Archbishop sat (see photo). There are also some other grottos and items around the garden which are interesting including a mechanical puppet scene powered by water.

    The tour around the garden is really fun and one that would definatly be a highlight in a kids holiday. You'll get a bit wet on the tour but not soaked unless you really want to.

    The normal garden is very attractive, it has a large carp pond and some other features dotted around.

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    European grandeur

    by Museeuw Written Apr 27, 2007

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    View from folk museum; fortress on the horizon
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    You definitely have to come to Schloss Hellbrunn during your stay in Salzburg, and especially when the weather is nice. It's such a nice place to stroll around. We came here in April and there were not too many people, but maybe in the Summer it gets a bit too crowded. The water games are big fun of course, and it's also quite amazing to see old amusement like that. The whole area is nice, but the highlight for me was the views you get from the castle on the park and from the folk museum on the top of the hill on the palace and the surroundings. The folk museum is not interesting on its own, but you get an astounding view on the castle and the park and even on the Salzburg fortress.
    The inside of the palace is ok, but I prefer the fountains and the park.
    The palace has a restaurant, so you don't need to bring your own food. I forgot the prices, but it wasn't really expensive and the food was good.
    We came to Hellbrunn by bus, but when we left we walked halfway back and caught a bus then. We walked along some nice grass fields, so I think it's nicer to rent a bike and cycle to Hellbrunn than taking a bus.

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  • Water Gardens

    by reenby Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    Hellbrun Gardens

    The Hellbrun Gardens are a laugh.

    They were built by a bishop with a sense of humour, so expect water jets to shoot out and hit you as you follow your guide round the beautiful gardens.

    After our tour finished and we had dried off a bit, we stopped for a coffe in the courtyard and there was a free concert by an American marching band.

    We didnt visit the castle, but it does look very pretty from the outside.

    If you have the time, walk back to Salzburg along the Hellbrunner Allee, the tree lined pathway that Maria skipped along at the start of the Sound of Music. Its a very pleasant walk all the way back with the Monchsberg getting ever larger and more inposing.

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    Trick fountains at Schloss Hellbrunn

    by alancollins Written Mar 7, 2007

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    The Palaces' main attraction is the surprise fountains located in the gardens. The bishop had the idea of having them built after an extended visit to Rome. Unsuspecting guests seated at a table or viewing the various sights in the gardens would suddenly receive a soaking, to the amusement of the bishop. The same happens today as the guide show off the different fountains just as the bishop, but some of them are double bluffs, as the crowd moves away from the volunteers, it is the crowd that receives the soaking. Be on your guard because you can end up with wet clothes and damaged camera equipment. The tour takes 30 minutes and besides the royal table there are grottos, fountains, theatres & animals that all spout water.

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