Hellbrunn CastleCurrently Closed
- Address: Fürstenweg 37, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Phone: +43-6628203720
- Ticket Price: 13 EUR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Palace, Family And Kids, Architecture
Hellbrunn Castle - Review
Called the ‘Lustschloss’, or ‘Pleasure Palace’, of Hellbrun and complete with a water park, the Hellbrunn Castle is both fascinating and entertaining, making it quite an experience for everyone who visits. Built at the command of the famous Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, visitors can tour the fine-looking castle and then spend the rest of the day by the Wasserspiele. A trip here promises both historical learning as well as a fun little twist by the gardens.
The famous architect SantinoSolari was commissioned to build the castle, which was meant to be a summer residence for the Archbishop. It was built in a relatively short time in the beautiful style of Italian Architecture. Since it was just a summer house, it holds no bedrooms and a tour around the castle is shorter than average though interesting none the less. The central theme of the castle is water, and this extends to the gardens as well. The area is well hydrated by a clear spring located nearby and this enabled the construction of the castles most famous feature, the water-park or ‘Wasserspiele’. The Archbishop had a funny bone had liked playing pranks on his guests, which led to the idea of the water park. Secret water fountains spring out at visitors and a series of other water based attractions are present by the garden. Objects are pushed off the ground by jets of water as the songs of mechanical birds fill the air. A stone dining table which soaks those seated is a popular attraction as well as a water operated musical theater. At each game exists a dry spot where the sneaky Archbishop would stand or sit and today, it is occupied by the tour guide.
The castle has magnificent ballrooms and a lovely garden, full of fish laden ponds and striking, mythological statues. A naturally formed stone quarry was turned into a stage, creating a ‘Stone Theater’, the oldest open air stage in Europe. Currently, there is also a museum which houses curio related to folklore, with objects of popular customs and piety, as well as traditional costumes.
The palace was primarily used as the site of luxurious celebrations and cultural festivities and today, the palace is still a popular venue for international events and seminars. The castle is still used for the purpose it was built for almost 400 years ago, which is no little feat in this ever changing day and age. Hellbrunn Castle is a must see for one and all, whether you seek a little history, an amusing day at the water park or some tranquility in the garden.
Hellbrunn Castle Information
- The tour of the castle is a package, with the museum, water games and other features.
- Be careful with your camera as the fountains in the garden are hidden.
- The tour is offered in multiple languages.
Hellbrunn Castle Ticket Prices
- Ticket price consists of Palace audioguide, guided tour of trick fountains and visit to folkmuseum.
- Adults: 12.50 Euros
- Students (19-26): 8 Euros
- Children, pupils (4–18 years): 5.50 Euros
- Familycard (2 adults+1 child): 26 Euros
- Groups (20+): 10.50 Euros
Hellbrunn Castle Hours
- Trick fountains, palace, folklore museum.
- July, August: evening tours: 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm.
- Beginning of last tour (guided tours every half an hour).
- Castle is open from April1–November 1.
How To reach Hellbrunn Castle by Public Transport
- Bus 270 at Salzburg Alpenstrabe/Abzw Hellbrunn bus station.
- Rent or hire a car/taxi.
Restaurants Near Hellbrunn Castle
- St. Peters Stiftskeller
- Restaurant K & K
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Things to Know Before Visiting Hellbrunn Castle
57.89% of people who visit Salzburg include Hellbrunn Castle in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
33% of people start their Hellbrunn Castle visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Hellbrunn Castle
81.08% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hellbrunn Castle
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Hellbrunn Castle, Salzburg Reviews
Amazing trick fountains! You will get wet! To think that this is all done with no electricity! Try and view it through the eyes of people from the time, and this must have been so special. Nice to see how well it is being maintained too. The palace building is also worth a visit. It is interesting and informative. The gardens are also a very pleasant stroll too.
Lovely palace with very big garden and exterior. If you buy a ticket for the museum, you also get to see the water games and the folk museum, so it's a great deal. The Schloss has really lovely room and architecture, and you also get a free guide in multiple languages. The water games are something special, and you have a guide explaining everything in German and English. It's really interesting and beautiful, great especially in the summer! And all the exterior as well were lovely. Totally worth it to spend a nice day
This museum does not only present history, but it does so in an aesthetic and engaging way. For those who quest for historical facts and knowledge, the audio guide and the explanation next to the exhibits would give you an abundance. For those who need more interactive ways of learning, the revolving couch in the centre of the fresco room can definitely meet their learning needs. Instead of walking around the room lifting their head up to examine the Italian style fresco on the ceiling, they can do so slouching on the big soft couch (a few visitors can do so at the same time, and in separate seats), checking out info of different parts of the fresco at their finger tips, thanks to the tablets installed right next to the seat. The music room is another highlight of this palace museum. Despite its small size, the artistic spiral dangling from the ceiling simply draws all eyeballs and is often an exhibit that visitors would take pictures of and with, and eventually share in the social media. For kids, the hard knowledge or the length of descriptions about the exhibits in museums can often be intimidating. However, this museum offers a “kinder” version of audio guide for kids. Not only is the knowledge more down to earth for children, but it may also contain something that the grown-up version does not have. In the end, grown-ups and kids can have a fruitful conversation about the exhibits together, and the grown-ups do not necessarily have an upper hand!
Trick fountains, fantasy paintings, and beautiful outside grounds make this place so amazing! The palace is full of history, art, and fun. Each room brings you into a different world, and learning the history behind the palace is so intriguing. Also, every stop on the outside grounds tour is picture worthy. I could spend a whole day at this palace. Every trick fountain, every interesting art piece, every statue, and every sculpture is worth taking the time to see. Definitely visit this place!! You will not regret it!
Just an amazing place. Very Royal palace with beautiful garden. The garden is really well maintained. You can find benches under beautiful trees ..where you can read or have a nice nap. There are also good fountains and also wide Flora range!