Salzburg Hellbrunn palace, museums

Last Updated on 01/08/2023

We continue to explore Salzburg. Let’s see what interesting things there are outside the old center of Salzburg (and first of all this is Hellbrunn Palace), which Salzburg museums you can visit and where to go from Salzburg.

Salzburg old town
Sounds of music filming locations in Salzburg and Salzkammergut
Salzkammergut best places to visit map
Hallstatt old town – history and natural jewel
Salzkammergut Lakes
Tennengau, Pongau, Dachstein attractions map
Werfen Ice cave
Hohenwerfen Fortress
Liechtenstein gorge Austria

Hellbrunn palace

Hellbrunn is not only a Hellbrunn palace with water play, but also a zoo, an ethnographic museum and a rope park.

How to get to Hellbrunn palace

The standard bus route to the palace itself is number 25.
The Alpenstrasse Abzweigung Hellbrunn stop can be reached by a number of buses (28, 170, 175), but from there you have to walk.

The best way to get there is to rent a bike (for example, from the bridge over the Salzach) and ride the Hellbrunner Allee bike path, planted with old lindens and oaks. Many tourists walk along it (approx. 1 hour).

Hellbrunn was built by the Italian architect Santino Solari on the orders of Archbishop Markus Sittikus von Hohenems in 1615 in the Mannerist style. For 400 years, the palace and the park have changed little.

The most interesting thing in Hellbrunn palace is a tour of the water play. No one leaves dry, despite all the precautions. Water from chairs pours over the unfortunate who agreed to sit at the table, pours from the most unexpected places (for example, from innocent deer antlers or from the floor). The guide deftly controls the old switches, catching you at the most inopportune moment.

You need to be especially careful at the end, when it is proposed to walk along the path under the jets. In the end, many who have skipped the path in one fell swoop and decided that they have already been saved receive a jet of water in the face. The tour is conducted in German and English.

After 6 pm there are guided tours of the illuminated fountains. With a daily ticket, you can also enter the palace.

Salzburg attractions not in the center


Kapuzinerberg rises 636 m above the city. Settlements on the eastern slope date back to the Neolithic. Also, 2 settlements were discovered on the territory of the Capuchin monastery, dating back to 1000 BC. In the Middle Ages, a defense tower was built here.

If you climb the Kapuzinerberg from Linzergasse, along the way there will be 6 baroque crosses built in the middle of the 18th century. Halfway through is the Felix Gate, built in 1632.

From 1919 to 1934 Stefan Zweig lived at Kapuzinerberg 5. Zweig’s villa was visited by many famous people: Thomas Mann, James Joyce, Wells and others.

Kapuzinerberg on the left


Many of the houses on this street at the foot of the Kapuzinerberg date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. House number 3 is the home of the natural scientist Theophratus Bombastus, nicknamed Paracelsus (16th century). The well-preserved city walls date from the 30 Years’ War.

Also on this street is the church of St. Sebastian and the cemetery. The church was built at the beginning of the 16th century. The remains of the late Gothic church were destroyed in the 18th century and replaced by a late Baroque hall with columns. Members of the Mozart family, Archbishop Wolf Dietrich and Paracelsus are buried in the cemetery.

Leopoldskron Palace

The palace was built by order of Archbishop Leopold in 1736-1749 for his relatives. Until 1837 the palace remained in the family. Now the palace houses the American Foundation.

Accommodation and celebrations are offered (under the slogan “feel like an archbishop”).
Quite an extensive park at the palace is closed to the public. But the pond in front of the palace, inhabited by ducks and swans, can be seen by everyone.
Next to the palace is a water park. The palace served as a filming location for episodes of the film “The Sound of Music”

Sounds of music filming locations in Salzburg and Salzkammergut

Anif Castle

Anif Castle is located a couple of kilometers from Hellbrunn (past the zoo, across the field and around the town of Anif, all in a straight line). This castle, surrounded by a moat, was built in the Romantic style in 1838-1844.
It is in private ownership.

Salzburg museums and other places to visit

Two Mozart Museums

Vizekappelmeister at the court of the Archbishop Leopold Mozart occupied the fourth floor of the house on the Getreidegasse with his wife Anna Maria Walburga. Two of the seven children — Maria Anna Walburga (Nannerl, 1751) and Wolfgang Amodeus — survived infancy. The first museum was opened in this house, where the composer was born. Mozart lived here from January 27, 1756 until the age of 17. The exposition includes furniture, original instruments, letters and paintings. Link

On the right bank of the Salzach on the Makartplatz square was the residential house of the Mozart family (1773-1780). During World War II, the building was destroyed and later demolished. Only the dance hall, where the Mozarts gave small concerts, has survived from the historical building. From 1994 to 1996, the building was restored, accurately recreating the original, and another Mozart museum was opened. Link

Other museums

  • Museum of toys and collections of musical instruments. link and link
  • Museum of Natural Sciences (Haus der Natur) with an aquarium and reptiles. Link
  • Brewery Stiegl Link
  • collection of national costumes (Trachten) – in Hellbrunn palace. Trachten are national costumes worn in many parts of Austria and Germany. Women’s costumes (Dirndl), you will definitely see in the countryside (on hostesses in a hotel, in a pub, on the street).

Day trips from Salzburg

There are many opportunities for day trips from Salzburg in the region. Many are described on separate pages.

All sights around Salzburg are described on three maps:
Tennengau, Pongau, Dachstein attractions map – south of Salzburg
Salzkammergut best places to visit map – north and ost of Salzburg
Upper Bavaria Map of attractions – west of Salzburg

1. Cable car to Untersberg and open-air museum at Grossgmain

Read more about open-air museum

2. Krimml waterfalls (3.30 hours one way by train/bus).

Read more about Krimml waterfalls

3. Dürrnberg salt mines, Celtic village and toboggan run

4. Werfen

More about the Hohenwerfen fortress and the largest ice cave in the world

5. Lake Wolfgang (by bus to St. Gilgen + cable car or bus to St. Gilgen, boat to St. Wolfgang and there take the train to the top)

More about Lake Wolfgang and other lakes of the Salzkammergut

6. Berchtesgaden (40 min by bus, but already German territory): Königssee lake + cable car

Berchtesgaden Attractions on the map. Mount Jenner
Berchtesgaden. Königssee

7. Hallstatt (one day is not enough for an excursion, you can easily spend 2 weeks on Hallstatt and its surroundings)

Hallstatt old town – history and natural jewel
Hallstatt Museum, observation deck and Salt Mines
Hallstatt Ostuferweg. Around the lake
Hallstatt. 3. Echerntal trail and waterfalls, glacial garden
Dachstein caves. Three different caves for every taste
Dachstein attractions. Dachstein Krippenstein cable car

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