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“A XVIIth century water park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wasserspiele Hellbrunn

Wasserspiele Hellbrunn
Furstenweg 37, Salzburg A-5020, Austria
43-662-820372
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Ranked #6 of 96 Attractions in Salzburg
Type: Parks, Fountains
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Nova Lima, MG
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“A XVIIth century water park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Unlike most of Salzburg attractions, Hellbrunn palace is not in the town center, and goint the by public transportation is not very easy. You have find out where Bus 25 stops downtown. The bus makes several detours. After some fifteen minutes, it arrives at nearby stop; you have to pay attention, because the palace is not visible from inside the bus.
At the palace entrance, you have to join a group for the next tour of the garden and waterworks. The Prince-Archbishop Markus Sitticus built this palace just for pleasure, since he lived downtown. And his idea of fun was to entertain his visitors with very clever automates, occasionally trolling them with water jets. Best attractions: a dinner table where water jets sprout suddenly, drenching everybody, except the person at the table head, namely the Archbishop himself; grottoes that seem to be crumbling; objects poised on water jets; the songs of mechanical birds; an automated doll theater that shows in minute detail the life in a village of its time. Strolling through the gardens, expect water jets suddenly springing under your feet.

Visited November 2012
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“Impressive Fountains, but glad we had the Salzburg Card”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

The tour was pretty fun and the grounds were very nice, but I wouldn't want to pay a lot for the visit. We had the Salzburg Card for 2 days and it was definitely worth it.
The lengths to which the original creators of the water features went were quite impressive,

Visited October 2013
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BURY ST EDMUNDS
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“Probably the best attraction just outside Salzburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Go on a warm or hot day and be prepared for a splash! The trick water gardens are great fun and one can marvel at many technical ingenuities. Our guide was enthusiastic and also spoke good English. He can let the young have all the splashing water fun and let the oldies off with just a light spray of water. The bishop's sense of fun is quite contagious. The 10 Euro ticket also includes the palace which is of great historical interest and the portable guides are first class in quality and content with a choice of languages.
Afterwards one can walk in the public adjoining gardens and visit an efficient and not over expensive restaurant. Take the 25 bus for the journey.

Visited October 2013
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“Great surprise and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Cheekiness of guides was a complete joy.
Nothing bad here. Make sure you have time to wander the extensive gardens afterward and take stale brown bread to feed the huge carp. Wonderful experience.
Great playground for kids at rear. Take a walk through the ice cold cure water bath for feet also!

Visited August 2013
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Fara San Martino, Italy
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“Interesting for young and old...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We spent an afternoon at the Castle which included the Trick Fountains, the audio guided tour of the Castle, wandering the grounds and the kids played at the impressive kids park....everything was excellent!

Trick Fountains were very interesting and impressive; incredible to think they were designed 400 years ago! Although the water does catch you by surprise, we didn't get very wet at all....

Audio-guided tour of the castle: we've done museums and castle's where the kids are bored 10min into it, but this castle is small enough, with enough interesting exhibits that the kids were engaged the entire time! Lots of interesting stories, paintings and things to see....highly recommend the audioguide!

Visited October 2013
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