5020 Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg Süd (South)
tel: 0662 820 3720
fax: +43 82 0372 4931
Tours given July-Aug daily 9am-10pm; May-June and Sept daily 9am-5:30pm; Apr and Oct daily 9am-4:30pm
A summer residence built by Prince-Archbishop Marcus Sitticus in 1613 - 19, Schloss Hellbrunn lies just south of the city limits. Set within acres of parkland and gardens, the schloss is an Italianate palace still considered one of the most magnificent Renaissance buildings north of the Alps. Used almost exclusively for luxurious balls, banquets and other festivities, the schloss's rooms were elaborately furnished and decorated with frescoes. They can be toured today. Most intriguing, though, may be the famous "trick" fountains of the palace gardens, designed with whimsy, ingenuity and perhaps even a touch of spite. The guided tour is fascinating and enlightening. You can reach Schloss Hellbrunn from the city center on Bus 25. Or if you're feeling energetic, it's a five kilometer (3 mile) walk from Nonntal near the Altstadt along Hellbrunn Allee. This pleasant, traffic-free walk passes through a park past other schlosses and under ancient chestnut trees.