Hellbrunn Castle

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  • 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 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

  • Purzelbaum
  • Festungsrestaurant
  • St. Peters Stiftskeller
  • Restaurant K & K 

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TripHobo Highlights for Hellbrunn Castle

  • Hellbrunn Castle Address: Fürstenweg 37, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
  • Hellbrunn Castle Contact Number: +43-6628203720
  • Hellbrunn Castle Timing: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • Hellbrunn Castle Price: 13 EUR
  • Best time to visit Hellbrunn Castle(preferred time): 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Hellbrunn Castle: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Hellbrunn Castle

  • 95% of people who visit Salzburg include Hellbrunn Castle in their plan

  • 25.48% of people start their Hellbrunn Castle visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Hellbrunn Castle

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

83.92% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hellbrunn Castle

People normally club together Wasserspiele and Petersfriedhof while planning their visit to Hellbrunn Castle.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • A truly wonderful experience in Vienna, not to be missed attraction. Some areas need a ticket to be purchased, but the most beautiful " Rose Garden's ' are free for the public. It's a vast palace including the palace grounds, the fountains and the monuments behind. You need at least half a day comfortably to see most of it. Also, Kindly note that there is plenty of walking to do. We were there in May and the heat was also quite bad. However the overall experience is stunning especially due to the magnificent rose garden.

  • We loved the tour of the "trick fountains". It was a great way to have fun and stay cool in the summer. You will get a little bit wet but it is all good fun. Amazing gardens and park nearby.

  • Not only will fans of Sound of Music love this place for the original Gazebo in the gardens, but the palace and surrounding gardens have something for everyone to experience. Make sure to hike up to the stone theater up on the hill, it is one of the most enchanting places you will visit while at this wonderful place!

  • The grounds and gardens for this palace are lovely! The guided tour of the water gardens and trick fountains (given in both German and English) is beautiful, fun, and surprising. Seems like a great place for families with young kids to go.

  • Castle is OK (didn't go inside), the gardens are lovely, the cafe has excellent service, and one of the ponds has an absolutely massive fish in it which is brilliant. The real reason for the 5 stars would be the paths up the hill behind the museum, they lead to stunning views of the nearby mountains.

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