Wasserspiele, Salzburg - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Castle Hellbrunn, Hellbrunn, Fürstenweg 37, Salzburg
Ticket Price: 11 EUR
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
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About Wasserspiele, Salzburg
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.
Wasserspiele Ticket Prices
- 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
Wasserspiele 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.
- Duration of tour: 40 minutes
How To reach Wasserspiele by Public Transport
- Bus 270 at Salzburg Alpenstrabe/Abzw Hellbrunn bus station.
- Rent or hire a car/taxi.
Restaurants Near Wasserspiele
- St. Peter Stiftskeller
- Restaurant K & K
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Nice Zoo. Looked small at first glance, but spent a lot of time there. Papagei feeding is a nice attraction. Spare some 50 coins for the seed automat! The buffet food is better to avoid, but it is rather expected, no surprise there.
Nice zoo, my son has enjoyed a lot! It has an smartphone app like a sticker album - have fun!
The Untersberg cable car was closed Nov. 1 - Dec. 7, which makes here the best place to enjoy the view of the snow mountain.
Trick fountains tour is unique