Hellbrunn Castle, Salzburg
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Hellbrunn Castle, Salzburg - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Fürstenweg 37, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Ticket Price: 13 EUR
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
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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 Opening and Closing 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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Beautiful place! The ticket is €12.50 which gives you tour to the trick fountains, entrance & audio guide to the palace, and some museum. In my opinion, those things are unnecessary though interesting. The park itself is where the beauty resides and it's free. Many tall trees and squirrels, birds, digs walking their owners 😋, etc. I really love taking a slow stroll. Unfortunately I didn't have much time when I was here, so I didn't get to walk the whole park. I think you may need about 3 hours to cover the whole park. After your nice long stroll, you can get some coffee and cakes at the Parkcafé. It's very family friendly.
The castle is nothing extraordinary, save for the infamous trick fountains, which are fun for everyone who likes to get wet. Not sure how the fountain show could amaze you in rainy days, when you're wet anyway. The tour of the castle is a self-guided audio tour, where every visitor receives an audio player. The fountain tours are guided-only and take about a half-hour. The walk of the gardens in the back are free of charge and provide a nice place to take a break, along with an easy access to the city's zoo for families with kids. You can get to the castle either by bus directly from the center - takes about 20 minutes and is free with the Salzburg city card, or by car and you'd have to find a parking spot around in the streets.
Absolutely beautiful, one of the highlights of our Salzburg stay. The trick fountains were so fun and our guide humorous, while the palace gardens were huge with spaces for the family to have picnics, birthday celebrations, children climbing trees and what not. Go a little earlier so you can pair this with a visit to the Salzburg Zoo.
Definetly worth visiting, very well organised, interesting individual audio English plus other languages guide for the castle, most enjoyable were the 'wasser spiele', do not miss them
Beautiful place with excellent and informative exhibits. Don't miss the Wasserspeil (water tricks) tour of the fountains. There is a separate audioguide for the castle.
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