- Address: Castle Hellbrunn, Hellbrunn, Fürstenweg 37, Salzburg, Austria
- Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +43-6628203720
- Ticket Price: 11 EUR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Garden, Family And Kids, Fountain
The Hellbrunn Palace is one of Salzburg’s most widely loved attractions. Built in 1619 by the Archbishop of the city (who had a penchant for playing pranks), it was named after a clear spring that supplied water to the palace. The main specialty of the palace is the water games that are played on the ground, thus the name ‘wasserspiele’ and this has resulted in Wasserspiele Hellbrunn’s popularity during the summer months. Entering the grounds is free on purchase of the Salzburg Card.
There’s a guided tour of the castle available but the main attraction are the water games played on the grounds. Created on the orders of Archbishop Markus Sittikus, they were meant to be a variety of practical jokes to be played on guests. Spending a day at the wasserspiele will be filled with crumbling grottoes, objects lifted by strong jets of water, mechanical birds and surprise attacks by secret water jets! One notable feature is a group of stone seats around a dining table through which water is sprayed into the guest’s seats! Guests are also sprayed on tours around the area by hidden water fountains. Another treat is a theater, mechanical, musical and water operated, which depicts various professions. At each of these games, is a dry spot where the Archbishop used to stand or sit in and today, that spot is occupied by the tour guide.
The castle is in the midst of a large park and zoo, and the Monatschlossl, a small building upon a hill which today houses a section of the Carolina Augusteum Museum. The garden area is very pretty and well maintained, with ponds full of fish. A great photo opportunity is the original gazebo from the classic ‘Sound of Music’. This site is fun for both children and adults, as the tour is short and the water games are surprising, engaging and fun. Besides the tour and games, one can enjoy a picnic on the grounds and visit the other attractions near-by. Though reaching the castle is a little harder than Salzbergs other attractions, it’s an experience worth the effort.
- The Water Games come as part of a tour package of the entire Castle.
- Warnings: Be careful with your camera as the fountains are hidden.
- The fountains are not a year round exhibit to double check to make sure you go when they are active.
- Photo opportunity at the Sound of Music gazebo.
- 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
- 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.
- Duration of tour: 40 minutes
- Bus 270 at Salzburg Alpenstrabe/Abzw Hellbrunn bus station.
- Rent or hire a car/taxi.
- St. Peter Stiftskeller
- Restaurant K & K
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47.62% of people who visit Salzburg include Wasserspiele in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
33.05% of people start their Wasserspiele visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Wasserspiele
90.71% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wasserspiele
Beautiful! Always has an hopefully always will be! Can't wait to see the amazing "Christkindlmarkt" again!
Awesome place to visit! Especially on Sunday mornings!
One of the most beautiful places in Salzburg City. In combination with Hellbrunn palace almost unbeatable!
Very nice garden without a trance fee.
The "Sound of Music Pavillion" was gifted to the Hellbrunn Palace Park, as a gift to the City of Salzburg. This is one of the most iconic locations from the award-winning movie. It is a must visit spot in the city!