Hellbrunn Palace near Salzburg
Hellbrunn Palace and the eponymous, huge park are located in the south of Salzburg and are easily accessible by car or bus. Although, walking or cycling through Hellbrunn Alley is definitely worth the effort; after all it is one of the world's oldest, still intact alleys.
However you get to Hellbrunn: take your time. There is a lot to see. Salzburg's borough Hellbrunn offers not only the palace, but also its water games, flower garden, huge park and last but not least Hellbrunn Zoo at the foot of the mountain.
Prince-archbishop Markus Sittikus had only been in office for a couple of months when he commissioned the construction of this summer residence. His passion for Italian culture can still be seen at Hellbrunn Palace and the whole area.
He wanted to create a place like no one had ever seen before, with this palace, the huge park and of course the water games.
Enter the prince-archbishop's "playground” and get ready for a surprise. For almost 400 years various mechanisms have been initiated purely by hydraulics. During a tour through the area you can be sure that you won't stay dry; an absolute highlight in Salzburg and especially recommendable on hot days.
When you visit the palace, why not also walk over to Hellbrunn Zoo or take a stroll through the park all the way up Hellbrunn mountain. It's not too high but offers gorgeous views over the alpine mountain range.
Experience nature & culture in Hellbrunn
The 400-year old park invites you to a walk through time. Sittikus empathised a diverse programme. Wherever you look you will find a playful changes of bright and dark, fire and water, animate and inanimate. Historic sculptures line the park. The Hellbrunn Steintheater (stone theatre) offers a unique event venue for operas and other cultural performances in the summer.