Hellbrunn zoo & trick fountains

Hellbrunn Palace & Park in Salzburg - wild animals, Baroque architecture & trick fountains

Trick fountains in Hellbrunn
The trick fountains in Hellbrunn

It's not at every zoo that the animals give the impression of being at home. Unlike at Hellbrunn zoo. The grounds at Salzburg's zoo have one unique quality; the steep rock face on one side and the hilly meadow landscape on the other are designed for different species of animals. As a result, roughly 1,200 wild animals have found a home at Salzburg's zoo and feel very comfortable there.

From wildlife park to a centre for the protection of species

The archiepiscopal wildlife park existed in the grounds of today's zoo around 1424. The construction of Hellbrunn Palace and all its associated buildings only started in 1612. With the animal stock having dropped considerably by the early 20th century, the Friends of Salzburg's Hellbrunn Zoo association was founded in the 1960s. The zoo has been improving since the late 1970s and the range of interesting wild animals from all over the world attracts many visitors to Hellbrunn near Salzburg every year.

Facts & interesting snippets about Hellbrunn zoo:

  • The zoo is open from 9.00 a.m. It closes at different times depending on the season.
  • Hellbrunn zoo is barrier-free and can be accessed by people in wheelchairs.
  • Dogs are welcome at Hellbrunn zoo but ONLY on a short lead.
  • Watch the animals in action at night in the night zoo - always from August to September
  • The zoo's smallest resident, the dwarf mouse, weighs just 0.7 g at birth.
  • The largest resident is the white rhinoceros, which weighs up to 3,600 kg.
  • The cheetah can travel at up to 100 km/h outdoors - it's the fastest land mammal
  • Size matters - the griffon vulture reaches a wing span of up to 280 cm

Another attraction - the water features at Hellbrunn Palace

You definitely should not miss the trick fountains when you visit Hellbrunn Palace. Although saying that, you never know what's going to hit you. Water machines, caves and fountains are really great fun. This world of water adventures was built in the 17th and 18th century and has not lost any of its fascination to date. Figures driven by water show off their skills.

The Neptune, Orpheus and Venus caves are all about Greek mythology and are sure to captivate you. One highlight is the mechanical theatre where more than 200 figures operated by water symbolise life in a Baroque city. The trick fountains are difficult to explain, you simply have to have visited this Baroque work of art.

Do you think this is all very interesting?

Then you should remember Hellbrunn zoo and the trick fountains as top day trip destinations in the Salzburger Land region. Hellbrunn is easy to reach from Hallwang and the Landgasthof Kirchbichl. You simply take the Salzburg Süd exit heading towards Anif and reach your destination after about 1 km.

You can also get to Hellbrunn by public transport. Take the 25 bus from Salzburg main train station and you will get to your recreational fun south of the city in no time at all.

For more information about Hellbrunn adventure world and other day trip destinations around the city of Salzburg and Hallwang please do not hesitate to contact our team on reception at the Landgasthof Kirchbichl. The Zipperer family is already looking forward to personally getting to know you soon. Send us a non-binding enquiry or give us a call now on +43 662 665 900.