Schloss Hellbrunn

Hellbrunn Palace stands in a large park and is famous for its trick water fountains. Also in the Schloss parkland is Salzburg Zoo and the Stone Theatre carved out of the rock in the fill. On the hill itself is a hunting lodge that now houses a small folk museum. It was actually built to improve the view from the palace.

The Schloss Hellbrun was constructed by Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus in 1613 as a pleasure palace for the summer months to escape the heat of the city. It is named after the clear spring that supplied the palace.

The main attractions however are the trick fountains which fascinate and delight visitors. These comprise various water automats and grottoes. Expect to get a little wet; so a top tip is to stand next to the tour guide who operates the fountains!

There are several ways to get to Hellbrunn; if you are feeling energetic you can walk the 5km from the city down the Hellbrunner Allee. If you do this you will pass the house that they used as Captain Von Trapp’s house in the Sound of Music . Alternately you can take a bus or there is a trip down the river in the summer months.

Opening Times:  09:00 to 16:30 in April and October, 17:30 in May, June and September and 18:00 in July and August. The fountains are closed from November to March. The park is open all year round.

Cost: Trick Fountains Tour €12.50 for adults and €5.50 for children (4 to 18 years). Entrance to the park is free.

More information: http://www.hellbrunn.at/

Salzburg Zoo

The zoo is on the edge of the park and has over 1400 animals and 120 species from all over the world. Animals in the zoo include the big cats, bears and rhinos. Access is either at the main entrance on Hellbrunner Strasse or from the Schloss Hellbrunn park. If you are travelling by bus then take the No 25 that starts at the main train station or if you have a car, there is a large free car park at the main entrance.

Opening Times: The zoo is open every day from 9am and closes between 16:30 and 18:30 depending upon the time of year.

Cost: Adults €11.50 and children 4 to 14 €5.00. Teenagers €7.50