Like a jewel in its setting, the palace park is surrounded by a wall. Behind it the 60 hectares of park area are revealed, ideal for relaxation and breathing deeply, for a stroll, to enjoy and be astonished – hardly 20 minutes by bicycle from the old city centre of Salzburg. Art historians see a mannerist work of art in this park, a chamber of wonders of garden architecture: partly artistically laid-out park landscape, partly untouched natural biotope; partly ﬁelds, ponds, hills, partly children’s paradise. The name Hellbrunn means, among other things, ‘healing spring’ – all who come here will understand why.
The historic park A stroll through time
Over an arched portal reads: ‘The Divine unifies even opposites.’ Markus Sittikus conceived his pleasure garden, which he had laid out between 1613 and 1616, according to this principle. Light and dark, ﬁre and water, lively and quiet – contrasts everywhere. In 400 years the grounds underwent the changing fates of history. The basic ideas of the Renaissance, however, were always preserved.
Rock Theatre Where Nature & Culture Meet
Well hidden in a small forrest, the stone theatre seems to have escaped from a Shakespearean play. The first musical performance in the Rock Theatre took place on 28 August 1617.
The Little Month Palace
Legend has it that it was constructed in only one month – hence the name: Little Month Palace. Today, it houses the Folklore Museum. Admission to the museum is included in the Hellbrunn ticket.
Activities in the Park A paradise for runners, walkers and kids
Fitness studios are very nice – but they are no match for exercise in the open air. Hellbrunn offers a perfect environment for your activities.
Sound of Music I’m sixteen going on seventeen
Lines that a real Sound of Music fan will immediately join in with: the pavilion where Liesl and Franz first meet is in the palace park at Hellbrunn. A permanent fixture on the calendar for over 300,000 fans visiting Europe every year.