Schloss Hellbrunn (Hellbrunn Palace)

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Furstenweg 37

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Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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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#1 Altstadt (Old Town)

Since this central district contains some of the city's most popular attractions, such as Mozarts Geburtshaus and the Salzburg Museum, you will undoubtedly spend hours exploring here. We recommend not rushing through it, however, since there are tons of architectural marvels, markets and shops to see.

Wander around Altstadt's Judengasse (the Jewish District) and examine the St. Florian Fountain in the Alter Markt, a marketplace that dates back to the 13th century. And for architecture fans, spend plenty of time gazing at the neighborhood's array of buildings. Some structures were originally constructed during the Middle Ages, while others are newer and show Alstadt's progression over time.

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