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Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn)
Built in the early 17th century, Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn) served as a summer retreat for the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. Its baroque exterior conceals an exuberant interior made for entertaining, though the real draws are the whimsical trick fountains (Wasserspiele) in the gardens, which spew water from unexpected places.

The Basics
Admission to Hellbrunn Palace includes a 40-minute guided tour of the gardens, a 40-minute audio tour of the castle itself, and access to the Folklore Museum, which houses a collection of objects and costumes associated with Austria’s Salzburg valley region.

Because of its location just a short hop south of Salzburg, Hellbrunn is often included on hop-on hop-off city tours. Some sightseeing passes include free admission to the palace as well as other top attractions such as Salzburg Zoo. The palace can also be visited as part of organized tours, which may combine a trip to the palace with a boat cruise along the Salzach River. The gazebo at Hellbrunn Palace served as the filming location for the “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” scene in The Sound of Music, so the palace is commonly included on Sound of Music tours. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Hellbrunn Palace is a must for families; kids love the trick fountains. 
  • You will get wet, so be sure your smartphone and any other gear is protected.
  • The park and trick fountains are wheelchair accessible, though the palace is not. 

How to Get There
Hellbrunn Palace is 3 miles (4.5 kilometers) south of central Salzburg. To get here, ride the 25 bus from Salzburg’s main train station to Hellbrunn. Cycling from central Salzburg will take 25 minutes.

When to Get There 
The palace and trick fountains are open from late March to early November. The best time to explore is in summer, as it’s easier to dry off under the warm sun. Summer is also, however, the busiest time. Try arriving first thing to get in ahead of the crowds. 

The Trick Fountains
Designed to amuse and surprise, the trick fountains at Hellbrunn Palace are a lot of fun. In addition to a series of grottoes and water-driven figures, the palace grounds also feature some hidden fountains that spout when guests least expect it. Another highlight is the mechanical theater, where you can see 200 water-powered figures going about life in a typical Austrian city. 
Address: Fürstenweg 37, Salzburg, Austrian Alps 5020, Austria
Admission: Varies
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Skip-the-Line: Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

Skip-the-Line: Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

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Journey through the stunning scenery of the Bavarian Alps on this half-day tour of the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s former mountain retreat, from Salzburg. Led by an expert guide, pass Hellbrunn Castle and the Konigsee River Valley as you travel to Obersalzburg. After bypassing the crowds with a skip-the-line ticket, soak up incredible views from the top of the mountain. Your tour will conclude with transportation back across the border to Salzburg.
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River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg

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Admire medieval Salzburg from the water and discover one of the city’s top attractions on this 2.5-hour Hellbrunn Palace visit and Old Town river cruise. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat in Salzburg’s Old Town and cruise out onto the Salzach River with your guide. Gaze over the city’s medieval riverbanks on route to the 17th-century Hellbrunn Palace. Explore the Baroque palace and gardens at your leisure with your audio guide, and discover the water fountains for which the palace is famous. Afterward, transfer back to Salzburg by double-decker bus. 
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The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

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Relive your favorite scenes from the classic musical "The Sound of Music" on this Salzburg sightseeing tour. Visit filming sites around the city while your guide provides historical background on Salzburg’s top attractions and architectural jewels, including the gazebo where "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" was shot.
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Salzburg Super Saver: Original Sound of Music and Salt Mines Day Trip

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Experience two top-selling tours at a discounted price with this Salzburg Super Saver. Begin your day traveling through the Bavarian Mountains and touring the 450-year-old salt mines. Then visit some of the memorable locations where ‘The Sound of Music’ was filmed, while soaking up the stunning scenery of the Salzkammergut. Your guide also provides a historical backdrop on the architectural landmarks of Salzburg.
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'The Sound of Music' Private Tour with Breakfast at Schloss Leopoldskron

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Relive your favorite scenes from ‘The Sound of Music,’ learn the true history behind the Von Trapp family, and have breakfast in a Rococo castle on this private Viator Exclusive in Salzburg. Led by an expert guide, visit the iconic locations captured in the film, such as the wedding church at Mondsee. You’ll also enjoy breakfast inside Schloss Leopoldskron, another film site from the musical, on this comprehensive private experience that can’t be booked anywhere else.
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See the best of Salzburg with this combo, combining two top-selling tours at a discounted price. Begin your sightseeing with a 2-hour historical walking tour of the city’s Old Town. Then take the Original Sound of Music Tour in the afternoon and relive your favorite scenes from the classic film, shot around Salzburg. See top attractions including the Mirabell Gardens, the Salzburg Cathedral and more as you explore this vibrant Austrian city with an expert guide.
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Original Sound of Music Private Tour

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Relive your favorite scenes with the Von Trapp family on this private 'Sound of Music' tour from Salzburg. Led by a private guide, pass iconic film locations aboard your coach, including Nonnberg Abbey, Schloss Hellbrunn, and the Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children famously sang 'Do-Re-Mi.' Then, visit the wedding church at Mondsee and soak up the incredible landscape of the Salzkammergut region. To keep the fun going, upgrade your ticket to include an apple strudel cooking class.
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Grand Salzburg City Tour Including 24-Hour Salzburg Card

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Explore Salzburg and save money on top sights with a guided tour of the city plus the 24-hour Salzburg Card. With use of Salzburg’s public transit, getting around the city’s a breeze, and the card includes admission to more than 30 attractions and museums. See the remarkable Hellbrunn Palace, the landmarks in the UNESCO-listed historic center, and Mozart’s former home, enjoying bonus discounts at a wide range of destinations along the way.
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Get a comprehensive overview of Salzburg's attractions during this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Listen to the onboard commentary in 13 languages, then hop off at any one of the 12 stops to explore further on your own. Two-day and day ticket options available to suit your budget and schedule.
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Discover the UNESCO-listed city of Salzburg on this 2-hour private tour. Enjoy a comprehensive overview of the city’s history, architecture and culture as you pass top sites including Mozart’s House, Salzburg Cathedral and Mirabell Palace. Soak up the stunning Baroque buildings and see iconic film locations from ‘The Sound of Music.’ Numbers are limited to eight people on this private tour to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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Fans of "The Sound of Music" should not miss this special guided tour. In a small group of no more than eight, you will follow the von Trapp story to several filming locations of the classic film, learning about the real von Trapp family and Austrian culture as you travel.
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Let us take you out for an unforgettable day. Following the Von Trapp story, we want to visit several movie locations of the "Sound of Music". The 16-going-on17-gazebo and of course the wedding church. Your enthusiastic tour guide will give you lots of information about the filming of the Sound of Music, the real of Trapp family and Austrian culture and lifestyle in general. On this tour, we want to take a tour through the Austrian Lake District to visit the UNESCO world cultural heritage site Hallstatt. You'll learn about the fascinating story of this salt mining town and spend 2 hours exploring this picturesque village on your own.
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Hallstatt & The Hills are Alive

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The Hills Are Alive

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Devote a day to ‘The Sound of Music’ on this private, customizable 9-hour tour from Salzburg. Traveling by private minivan, trace the footsteps of Maria and the Von Trapps to one location after another, stopping for lunch (own expense) on route. Tour the ‘Do Re Mi’ scenes in Salzburg, see the famous gazebo, Mondsee, and ‘The Hills are Alive’ meadow, and absorb the Alpine scenery. Price is per vehicle, with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Salzburg Bike and the City Tour

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Private Tour The hills are alive: a tour to locations of the Sound of music film

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Step into the shoes of the Von Trapp family on a Sound of Music tour of Salzburg. With your own private guide, you'll check out the major filming locations of the beloved 1965 musical film. Visit sites in Salzburg, stop for photos at two palaces, then cross the border to see either the location of the film's opening scene or the meadow where Do-Re-Mi was sung. Later, you'll travel through the scenic Salzkammergut lake region and the village of Mondsee. If you want to include lunch in a mountain restaurant, upgrade online when you book.
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Follow in the footsteps of Maria and the von Trapp family with a 4-hour private tour of Salzburg’s Sound of Music landmarks. Sing along to the movie soundtrack as you visit film locations: stroll a grassy garden where the actors danced to ‘Do-Re-Mi,’ see the outside of the castle where the movie family lived, then peer inside the famous glass gazebo. Hear the real-life story of the von Trapps, and experience a dramatic part of Austrian history through a beloved film. No transportation between Vienna and Salzburg is included.
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