Hellbrunn Palace – pleasure palace with water features

the prince archbishop wished to create a place that had never existed before

Hellbrunn Palace is a party palace – well, maybe not in the traditional sense, but it is a pleasure palace. There are residences for living or governing, hunting castles for hunting and pleasure castles for celebrating and relaxing. The attached water features make the castle something very special, but more on that later.

Wasserspiele im Schlosspark von Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn – CC0 Hans/ Pixabay

Hellbrunn Palace, history

Hellbrunn Palace is a representative holiday home with a large park and water features. Around 1600, pleasure locks were in fashion. Back then it was Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus, for example, who had the privilege of having fun, today every visitor can do that.
At the beginning of the 17th century, Prince Archbishop of Salzburg Markus Sittikus von Hohenems commissioned the Italian architect Santino Solari to build the castle. Sittikus power ranged from Carinthia in the south to Regensburg in the north. The Prince Archbishop’s wish was to create a place that has never existed before. He had Hellbrunn Palace built in just three years out of sheer pleasure. You can still feel this passion in the beautiful castle.

The castle as a dream location

The castle is ideal for various celebrations. Whether you are getting married in a dreamlike setting or listening to classical music in the park, everything is possible. The orangery also offers a friendly atmosphere, where seminars or other celebrations can be held. Where pheasants and peacocks used to roam around today, there is the opportunity to celebrate events in an extraordinary atmosphere in a Mediterranean courtyard near the world-famous princely table – from birthday parties to exhibitions.

Let the water features begin

You can never be sure which direction the water is coming from. Markus Sittikus had water machines, grottos and fountains built. He enjoyed entertaining and duping his guests. Even today it is a unique cultural jewel where visitors can never be sure where the next jet of water is waiting for them. Figures that are powered by hydropower or water-spitting deer make the water features a wet joy for young and old.

The element of water runs through the entire construction. Water machines in small grottoes provide figures that are driven by water. The worldwide unique ensemble shows on the one hand craftsmen like millers or potters and on the other hand gods like Perseus or Apollo. The interaction seems playful for the visitors, but at the same time demonstrates the power and skills that the engineers had at Sittikus. The grottos relate to Greek mythology. The largest grotto is dedicated to Neptune and the water-spewing Germaul is the secret symbol of Hellbrunn.

Another highlight is the Mechanical Theater, which is also the youngest attraction. The theater recreates life in a small baroque town. Around 200 figures that are powered by water bring the city to life and so that the city does not sink into chaos, an organ sets the pace. Don’t forget Hellbrunn’s largest fountain, which stands directly in front of the back of the castle and is fed by a natural spring. As with the grottos, Greek mythology also plays a central role here.

Visiting times and guided tours

The unique castle can be visited daily from April 1st to November 1st. The tour of the water features as well as the castle take about 40 minutes. Group tours are possible from 20 people. Since the fountains have to be operated manually, they can only be visited as part of a group tour. The castle and the water features are barrier-free and dogs are allowed outside the castle.

Arrival and location of the castle

Address: Fürstenweg 37, 5020 Salzburg
Public access: Bus line 25 runs regularly to Hellbrunn. Alternatively, there is the option of taking a Salzburg boat trip to Hellbrunn. The Hellbrunn Castle can be reached by bike in around 25 minutes

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