Schloss Hellbrunn

About 5km south of Salzburg city lies Schloss Hellbrunn, the original vanity project. Hellbrunn was a pleasure palace built for fun by the richest man in the region. Over 400 years ago, Markus Sittikus, Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, managed to have it built in just 2 years, between 1413 and 1415.

The architect was Italian Santino Solari (who also designed the Cathedral) and it is one of the finest examples of a pleasure palace – or indeed any type of palace – of its time. Hellbrunn literally means ‘Clear Spring’ and it was mainly because of the abundance of water that the location was chosen.


If you visit the palace, although it’s really a villa, you’ll notice that there aren’t actually any bedrooms. This was meant for daytime entertainment for the Archbishop who would head home to Salzburg to sleep. If you tour the palace though, you will see plenty of sumptuous and grand rooms, hardly changed over the last 400 years.


Fun Fact

On slightly higher ground you will see another, smaller castle structure which you can walk up to. It’s called the Monatschlössl (Little Month Palace) and the story goes that it was constructed in a single month after a visitor mentioned that it might improve the view from the palace.

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The palace is particularly famous for its fountains and waterworks which are among the most popular of Salzburg’s attractions, particularly during the long hot summers. It’s in the fountains that we get to see just what a sense of humour Markus Sittikus had.

While the citizens of the city must have presumed he was managing their affairs, the Prince Archbishop was actually designing games and tricks at his very own summer version of a 17th century Disneyland.


Whatever else you do in Salzburg, you must experience the sheer joy of the various fountains, grottos and water games. The main thing to remember is to expect the unexpected. Nowhere else in the world will you find what you find at Hellbrunn.


In addition to the palace and the fountains, Hellbrunn is also a relaxing park, partially landscaped but mostly left in its natural state. Kids will love the playground which, in keeping with the fountains, has all kind of adventure on offer.

During December Hellbrunn becomes home to an Advent market, which, in one of the most magical settings around, should not be missed.

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Fans of The Sound of Music flock to Hellbrunn to see the Gazebo where Liesl and Rolf danced in the rain and had their first kiss. The original filming took place at Schloss Leopoldskron and the gazebo was left in place after everyone had moved on. Due to the frequent invasion of their property by fans of the musical though, the new owners of Leopoldskron decided it had to go – so moved to Hellbrunn it was.

Initially the Gazebo was left open and you could sit inside and dream of being 16 again. This came to an end though when a rather elderly lady lost hold of her senses and broke her hip while trying to react the leaping Liesl. You will still see fans today though circling the gazebo in full song and with not an ounce of dignity between them.

Don’t Miss

Don’t come and not take the Trick Fountains tour. That would just be criminal!

Opening Hours:

April and October : 9.00am to 4.30pm
May, June and September : 9.00am to 5.30pm
July and August : 9.00am to 6.00pm

The closing time indicated above is the time at which the last tour starts.
Additional Evening Tours of the Trick Fountains in July and August: 7.00pm, 8.00pm and 9.00pm

Tickets include an Audioguide though the palace, a guided tour of the Trick Fountains and a visit to the Folk Museum.
Adults €12.50
Children (4 to 18 years) €5.50
Students (19 to 26 years) €8.00
Family Ticket (2 adults and 1 child) €26.50
Each additional child €2.50

Palace Audiotour lasts approx 40 minutes and is available in German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian and Japanese.

Trick Fountains Guided Tour lasts approx 40 minutes and is in German and English.

Italian, French and Spanish are available upon request.

The Folk museum is a 10 minute walk from the palace and approx 60 minutes is recommended for the visit.

Both the Park and the Trick Fountains are wheelchair accessible.

The Gazebo can be accessed at any time but is locked, so you can’t go inside.


Bus No 25 from the city centre will take you to Hellbrunn in about 20 minutes. You can catch the bus at the main train station or at Makartplatz (right outside the Landestheater). During the day the bus runs every 20 minutes and the fare is €2.60 one way for adults and €1.30 for children.

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