Schloss Hellbrunn - trick fountain © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Hellbrunn Palace

Green oasis in the south of the city

Hellbrunn Palace in Salzburg is a must-see destination with its trick fountains, Sound of Music filming locations and historical flair. Hellbrunn Palace & its trick fountains with the vast park around were built in the early 17th century and have since been one of the most magical attractions in Salzburg


A powerful man, Prince-Archbishop  Markus Sittikus, first built the ‘Villa Suburbana’  in the location of today’s Hellbrunn Palace. The construction took only three years from 1612 to 1615. 

Hellbrunn Palace is situated at the foot of the well-watered Hellbrunn Mountain. Water was the main theme in the design of the Palace. The abundant sources from Hellbrunn Mountain gave life to the estate. Hidden in the shade of bushes and trees, jetting out from unexpected hiding places, the world-famous Trick Fountains have been the main attraction at Hellbrunn for over 400 years.

The Prince-Archbishop intended Hellbrunn Palace to be a place for enjoyment and leisure. He had the natural stone quarry in Hellbrunn transformed into a stage, which is ‘Stone Theater (Steintheater)’, the oldest open-air stage in Europe. The ‘Little Month Palace (Monatsschlössl)’ houses the Folklore Museum today. This building was constructed in only one month, therefore its name. Visitors originally came to Hellbrunn for excursions, hunts and elegant receptions. Today, they come for meetings, seminars and glamorous social events as well as of course the trick fountains.

Castle Hellbrunn - Park in summer © Schloss Hellbrunn
© Schloss Hellbrunn

The Sound of Music at Hellbrunn Palace

The famous Sound of Music gazebo is situated in the gardens of Hellbrunn Palace. The filming location is where Liesl and Franz whispered their love to each other, where Maria and Georg’s romantic scene took place as well as the duet ‘Sixteen going on Seventeen’.

The gazebo was originally located at Leopoldskron Palace. Due to the ongoing interest of fans, it was relocated to the Hellbrunn Gardens to allow easier access to visitors.

Private SOM Tour - Gazebeo in Hellbrunn © Wolfgang Seifert
© Wolfgang Seifert

Wedding Venue

Hellbrunn Palace offers various options for your dream wedding. From having a photoshoot at ‘Sound of Music’ gazebo to even speaking your vows under the trees of Hellbrunn Palace - everything is possible.

Interested? Find out more about the Panorama Tours wedding services here or contact our wedding planner Ingrid.

Schloss Hellbrunn - trick fountain © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
© Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Events & Vacation

Hellbrunn Palace offers various rooms for all kinds of events such as weddings, incentive, concerts, and more.

The permanent exhibition GrandDelight (SchauLust): The unexpected world of Markus Sittikus. It teaches you about the palace and its history in a way the prince-archbishop would have liked.

Hellbrunn Palace - Park in winter © Tourismus Salzburg
© Tourismus Salzburg

FAQs Hellbrunn Palace

Only if you wish to.  However, electronic devices and delicate clothing are not recommended.

In the South of Salzburg. You can access by car, bicycle or public bus No. 25.

It is open from April, all summer long, regardless of bad weather. In Winter the palace and the Trick Fountains are closed.

You can also spend time at Zoo Salzburg Hellbrunn that is located right next to the park of Hellbrunn Palace.