Hellbrunn Castle & Jeux d'Eau

The Archbishops' Water Tricks

Salzburg's Maison de Plaisance

The maison de plaisance with its unique “watergames” south of Salzburg is one of the “must-sees” in the city of Mozart.

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"Water games" in the park of Hellbrunn Castle in Salzburg
Salzburg maison the plaisance with water games

Hellbrunn's History

In 1612, only a few month after taking office as prince-archbishop, Markus Sittikus von Hohenems commissioned the construction of a country estate at the gates of Salzburg. His architect of choice was no less than Santino Solari, who was also responsible for the new construction of Salzburg Cathedral. It was supposed to become a “villa suburbana”, a pompous summer residence that was in no way inferior to its Italian models. After a relatively short construction period the Hellbrunn maison de plaisance in the south of Salzburg city was finished and up until today it has been considered to be one of the most magnificent renaissance buildings north of the Alps: an architectural gem surrounded by parks and with its world-famous jeux d'eau (“watergames”).

Playful Water Springs

Water has always been a dominant design feature of the castle. Spouts appear from hidden and unexpected spots, all fed by the brook's water power. These fountains already enchanted the prince-archbishops guests and were as great an entertainment then as they are now. Mystic grottos and water-powered jeux d'eau have always been very entertaining in their unique imaginative way.

Since its introduction up until today the castle has always been a great venue for various events, big parties and festivals. Seminars and conferences, weddings, summer night events and concerts are only a few of the many occasions that lure guests to Hellbrunn. During the pre-Christmas time the Hellbrunn Advent Magic in the castle's park is also a great magnet for visitors.

Opening Hours 2014

Hellbrunn Castle and its jeux d'eau can be visited from April to early November.

  • April, October, 1st-2nd November: 9am-4:30pm
  • May, June, September: 9am-5:30pm
  • July, August: 9am-6pm

Tours take place every 30 minutes, in July and August there are additional evening tours at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.

Get the SalzburgCard and enjoy free entry to Hellbrunn Castle and the “watergames” including a tour; the card is available at the Kolping Hostel reception!


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