A Visit to the Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg

9 Jun

If you ever find yourself in Salzburg, tired after half a day of forts and gardens and in need of some fun – then take a bus and head to the Hellbrunn Palace. What? Another Palace you say? But believe me this is something that you have to see. This is slightly on the outskirts of the city and the bus frequency is rather slow, but the trip in so worth it.

Hellbrunn Palace is about 400 year old, more of a mansion (than a Palace) and was built only for use as a day residence in summer. While the Palace is beautiful with some pretty artifacts, paintings, murals etc, the main highlight is the Trick Fountains in the Palace Gardens.

The beautiful chest..

These “unique” fountains were conceived by Markus Sittikus, a man with a keen sense of humour, as he created a series of practical jokes / tricks to be performed on un-suspecting guests.  The theme of these gardens is tricks with water. You need to take a guided tour for these gardens and there are specific time slots for the same. Be sure to check on the time slots in advance as there is no point in coming here and not seeing the trick fountains.

The Tour guide takes you into the gardens and shows you each exhibit. Now each of these exhibits have a trick and for every trick there is hidden  mechanism. When this mechanism is activated by the guide, it sprays water on the guests. Also because of the element of surprise that is built-in, it actually catches you quite unawares and suddenly you are drenched. While I will not list down the tricks to spoil the suspense, I’ll just say – “water can come from anywhere including below you”. 🙂

The Tricky Table

The other interesting thing here is the mechanical, water and gravity operated music playing theatre. This was built-in 1750 and shows various professionals of those times at work eg. there is a mason, a cook, even a bear dancing. There are smaller versions of this also all over the gardens.

The Mechanical City

There are also some very pretty statues of various greek mythological characters all over the place… But a word of advice – “Dont linger too long near anything”…

So if you happen to be Salzburg on a sunny day, be sure to check this place out…

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10 Responses to “A Visit to the Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg”

  1. kanu June 10, 2012 at 23:10 #

    Ohh…this was funnnn… I miss it !!

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    • getsetandgo June 11, 2012 at 14:56 #

      Hey, I think you have forgotten what happended when you stood for too long near the meechanical city…:)

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  2. danielandkellytravel June 11, 2012 at 22:26 #

    Looks like a lot of fun! Great photos!

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  3. pommepal June 13, 2012 at 10:25 #

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    • getsetandgo June 26, 2012 at 08:19 #

      Thanks Pommepal…really appreciate this…. I was on a holiday these past few days and hence the delay in response…

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  4. friendlytm July 4, 2012 at 16:30 #

    Salzburg is one of my favorite place to visit. Did you attend the sound of music tour? It is great!
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