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Schloss Hellbrunn (Hellbrunn Palace)

#5 in Best Things To Do in Salzburg

Schloss Hellbrunn (Hellbrunn Palace) picture in Salzburg
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Although "The Sound of Music"was shot at a handful of places throughout Salzburg, the movie's gazebo scene, where Liesl and Rolf sang "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," was filmed at Schloss Hellbrunn. But even without the cult movie's following, travelers say this palace would still be enormously popular. The simple exterior hides exquisitely decorated rooms, ballrooms and halls (check out the octagonal music room). Here, you'll preview the lives of Salzburg's archbishops, the former religious and political rulers of the region who built its palaces.

Immaculately maintained, the gardens have stolen much of the thunder from the actual house. This 17th-century palace is the only royal estate in the world that will squirt you with water if you aren't looking. The Wasserspiele, or trick fountains, send streams of cool water at visitors from humorously placed jets — an archbishop's idea of a joke. So if you're not looking to get wet, make sure to wear a poncho while wandering the gardens.

Schloss Hellbrunn sits on a hilly perch about 5 miles outside Salzburg. It's open from 9 a.m. to 4:30, 5:30 or 9 p.m., depending on the month. However, keep in mind that the palace and gardens are closed from November to March due to the colder weather. Regular admission costs about 12.50 euros (or roughly $14), with discounts for students and children. The Salzburg Card is valid at this attraction.

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#4 Festung Hohensalzburg (Hohensalzburg Fortress) Never conquered by enemy troops, Festung Hohensalzburg opened to the public in the mid-20th century. It was originally built in 1077 in preparation for a conflict between Pope Gregor VII ... Read more » bluejayphoto / Getty

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#8 Mozarts Wohnhaus (Mozart's Residence) Before Mozart relocated to Vienna, he wrote many cherished symphonies, concertos and operas at Mozarts Wohnhaus, the composer's former home which sits across the Salzach River from Mozarts Gerburtshaus ... Read more » Susanna Gappmayer / Flickr

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Salzburg Museum picture in Salzburg
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Dom zu Salzburg, the city's most famous religious landmark, is renowned for its classic Baroque architecture. Inside, the beautiful cathedral houses two noteworthy artifacts: a grandiose 4,000-pipe organ and the baptismal font used during Mozart's baptism. Anja Grafenauer/EyeEm / Getty

Mirabell Palace's immaculately manicured gardens are a must-see for photography lovers. The gardens not only house an array of flowers, fountains and statues, but also showcase stunning Salzburg vistas. Mirabellgarten was even featured in the iconic movie "The Sound of Music." bluejayphoto / Getty

Built in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard, Festung Hohensalzburg is the largest, fully preserved fortress in central Europe. The intimidating structure dominates the Salzburg skyline, thanks to its prime position atop Festungsberg mountain. bluejayphoto / Getty

Originally constructed by notable religious figure Prince-Bishop Markus Sittikus as a summer residence, the Renaissance-style Schloss Hellbrunn continues to wow visitors with its variety of water features, including secret grottos and hidden water jets. Nik Rogul / Getty

Although the yellow landmark sticks out from other buildings in the area, it's the property's former occupant that makes this building a must-see Salzburg attraction. Legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on the third floor of the Hagenauer House (which now houses Mozarts Geburtshaus) on Jan. 27, 1756. Mlenny / Getty

For a glimpse into Salzburg art and archeology, check out the Salzburg Museum. Some treasured pieces in the museum's collection include a painted Roman wall, paintings by world-renowned Salzburg artist Gottfried Salzmann and the famous Salzburg Glockenspiel — a large, fully operational musical instrument that dates back to the late 1600s. Keith Ewing / Flickr

Classical music lovers cannot miss a visit to Mozarts Geburtshaus and Mozarts Wohnhaus, the two homes Mozart lived in during his time in Salzburg. Notable exhibits at the latter property include the composer's original pianoforte and a well-known portrait of the Mozart family. Susanna Gappmayer / Flickr

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