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Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn)
Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn)

Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn)

Fürstenweg 37, Salzburg, 5020

The Basics

Admission to Hellbrunn Palace includes a 40-minute guided tour of the gardens, a 40-minute audio tour of the castle itself, and access to the Folklore Museum, which houses a collection of objects and costumes associated with Austria’s Salzburg valley region.

Because of its location just a short hop south of Salzburg, Hellbrunn is often included on hop-on hop-off city tours. Some sightseeing passes include free admission to the palace as well as other top attractions such as Salzburg Zoo. The palace can also be visited as part of organized tours, which may combine a trip to the palace with a boat cruise along the Salzach River. The gazebo at Hellbrunn Palace served as the filming location for the “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” scene inThe Sound of Music, so the palace is commonly included onSound of Music tours.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salzburg

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JaH, Aug 2021
River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg
Boat Trip nice, a Bit Short. Too less time at the Castle. London Bus would be nice with a small trip through the inner town.
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Non-refundable, so be sure before you...
C D, Aug 2017
River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg
Non-refundable, so be sure before you book. I double booked by mistake, and was stuck with the double cost. Tour itself was very good, worth it. Been to Salzburg over 40 years ago, so a nice review.
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This was a nice way to see Salzburg...
William C, Sep 2017
River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg
This was a nice way to see Salzburg. We had a beautiful day and it was worth the extra money to board the boat early. Very nice.
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Hellbrunn Palace is great a lot of...
Donald S, May 2017
River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg
Hellbrunn Palace is great a lot of fun. I recommend it. The boat trip was fine. Only complaint was the size of the group for the tour at the palace. It was much too large to easily hear the guide. It seemed that groups were combined since we were probably a little bit late arriving. The bus driver was very kind to assist a disabled person in making the tour in a wheelchair. Expect to be surprised and maybe get a little wet that's the fun of it.
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The boat trip was fine with a fun...
Hilary M, Sep 2016
River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg
The boat trip was fine with a fun commentary from the captain. The Trick fountains at Hellbrunn were hilarious but there was no time to go round the Palace. You need at least another hour to make the trip a great experience.
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Our British boat captain and bus...
dga7425, Sep 2016
River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg
Our British boat captain and bus driver was delightful. The outdoor tour of Hellbrunn was very interesting, to say the least! My father had seen this before 64 years ago and was so eager to show me things inside the house. He was terribly disappointed that it was all gone.
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this was a lovely trip and the trick...
ALAN M, Jul 2017
River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg
this was a lovely trip and the trick fountains definitely worth the visit. I have enjoyed all my Viator trips, but this one was slightly disorganised. The bus driver took us from the boat to the Palace gardens, but did not tell us when to meet or what the procedure was for getting into the trick fountains. he might have said it in German, but not English. we followed the crowd and it worked out fine. A good tour, but with a little bit more information about logistics in English. it was an English/German tour. The guide in the fountains was excellent also.
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Beautiful day for a river cruise...
Theodora G H, Jul 2017
River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg
Beautiful day for a river cruise! We departed on time for the trip to Hellbrunn Palace. The Captain pointed out some note worth buildings, and sadly the cruise ended too soon. We disembarked to Hellbrunn Oakace...well actually the bus to the Palace. And here's where I disagree with the tour. Why do tour guides have to run every where? Well maybe not exactly run, but sprint to the bus. Okay so my husband and I aren't exactly youngsters, but trying to keep up with the tour guide was exhausting, especially in the heat. Wear good shoes. The tour of the Palace was amazing....lots of surprises at the Wasserspiele, and our guide was really nice. The architect of the Wasserspiel must have had some sense of humor, or was really a kind at heart. The tour was fun and there was time to spend on our own. Nice bus ride back to Salzburg, too! Thanks, guys!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Hellbrunn Palace is a must for families; kids love the trick fountains.

  • You will get wet, so be sure your smartphone and any other gear is protected.

  • The park and trick fountains are wheelchair accessible, though the palace is not.

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How to Get There

Hellbrunn Palace is 3 miles (4.5 kilometers) south of central Salzburg. To get here, ride the 25 bus from Salzburg’s main train station to Hellbrunn. Cycling from central Salzburg will take 25 minutes.

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When to Get There

The palace and trick fountains are open from late March to early November. The best time to explore is in summer, as it’s easier to dry off under the warm sun. Summer is also, however, the busiest time. Try arriving first thing to get in ahead of the crowds.

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The Trick Fountains

Designed to amuse and surprise, the trick fountains at Hellbrunn Palace are a lot of fun. In addition to a series of grottoes and water-driven figures, the palace grounds also feature some hidden fountains that spout when guests least expect it. Another highlight is the mechanical theater, where you can see 200 water-powered figures going about life in a typical Austrian city.

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