The trick fountains at Hellbrunn Palace, located outside the city of Salzburg, are a truly unique experience. The grounds contain the main palace, gardens, folklore museum, and zoo. However, the trick fountains are the main attraction, especially if you are traveling with kids. In fact, I rate this as one of the most kid-friendly places in all our trips to Europe. It’s the perfect mix of fun and entertainment for the kids and interesting history for the adults.
Getting to the Trick Fountains
Public transportation in Salzburg is really great. From the Salzburg city center, the bus takes 15 minutes. Bus #25, which runs all the way to the Untersberg gondola, also passes Hellbrunn Palace (stop is called Hellbrunn). I recommend visiting Hellbrunn Palace and Untersberg Mountain in the same day. We went to Hellbrunn Palace after Untersberg to avoid having to cross the busy road with our son. You’ll have plenty of time to visit both places in the same day.
How Much to Budget
I highly recommend purchasing the Salzburg Card. Entrance to the trick fountains is FREE with the card. Public transportation to the palace is also included.
If you don’t have the Salzburg Card, the cost depends on which attractions you want to see. The standard ticket (12.50 euros for adults and 5.50 euros for kids) includes the trick fountains guided tour and entry to the palace and folklore museum. You can also purchase a combined ticket (22.50 euros for adults and 10.10 euros for kids) which includes the zoo. You might get better pricing with the family pricing option depending on how many adults and children are in your group.
Tipping – Don’t forget to bring some euros to tip your guide at the end of the tour. We left five euros for our family of three (this was before Finny came along).
What to Bring
One thing to know about the trick fountains tour… You WILL get wet. Maybe not soaked, but certainly sprayed or splashed through to tour. If the tour guide tells you to stand in a certain spot to avoid getting wet, just remember that you are visiting the TRICK fountains. We fell for that a couple of times during the tour. Forget about the kids…. they will be drawn to the water and will probably “accidentally” get drenched by the end of the tour. Assume the worst and pack accordingly.
Recommended items to pack:
- Plastic bags (to protect your phones, cameras, changes of clothes, etc.)
- Sandals, if visiting during a warmer time of the year.
- Change of clothes for at least the kids.
The Guided Tour
The guided tour lasts about 40 minutes. When you purchase your tickets, you will be assigned a time for your tour. We visited on a day that wasn’t extremely busy and only had to wait 5-10 minutes. Our tour guide gave us a full history on how the fountains came to be and let us see them in action.
On the tour, we saw more than just fountains. There are numerous mechanical, hydraulic, and sound-producing contraptions all powered by water. I was impressed that these very complex and intricate pieces were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. One room produces the sound of dozens of birds all with water. There is also a mechanical town with about 200 moving pieces and characters. Check out the photos and videos below.
This room makes bird sounds with just water. It sounds like being in an aviary.
The mechanical village features about 200 moving parts all powered with water.
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