The power of the healing springs

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: for example in the 18th century when the Strawberry Mound was removed. Or under Prince-Archbishop Andreas Jakob of Dietrichstein, who had the Mechanical Theatre built into the Trick fountains . The basic ideas of the Renaissance, however, were always preserved.

The Hellbrunn Stone Theater

Monteverdi’s ‘L’Orfeo’: the first musical performance in the Stone Theatre took place on 28 August in 1617.

The Little Month Palace

According to legend it was constructed in only one month – hence the name: Little Month Palace.

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Natural space

From diversity to opposites

The Hellbrunn Palace park astonishes biologists: rare plants and insects live here – butterflies flutter over protected fields of flowers, sensitive lichens grow on ancient oaks. Hellbrunn is a gift of nature. The special delight of the park is given by its contrasts: the artistically arranged area of the park smoothie merges into the original aspect of the Salzach meadows and hills. Experience a diversity based on contrasts – to be marvelled at in the natural space of Hellbrunn.

Tip for animal lovers:

Salzburg Zoo is in the immediate neighbourhood, open 365 days a the year. Details and information >>

Play space

First the fun and then the pleasure

Children find their paradise at Hellbrunn: with a great deal of freedom to play, the loveliest playground in the city and the giant playing field. All of the senses are fostered and challenged. But who actually said that a playground is only for children? Parents are also invited to take part and have fun – most of the playthings are suitable for adults. Don’t ever stop playing!

Exercise space

Recharge your batteries!

Fitness studios are very nice – but they are no match for exercise in the open air. Hellbrunn offers sportspersons ideal training conditions all year round.

In Summer

Fitness course, running route, Nordic walking, yoga, frisbee, badminton

In Winter

Cross-country skiing on prepared trails (use free of charge)

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. Romantic! Do you wish to learn more about the Sound of Music?
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