Hellbrunner Bühel

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  • Day42

    Trick Fountains

    October 7, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Heading back into Salzburg from the snow adventure, we stopped at Hellbrunn Palace to visit the Trick Fountains. The summer residence for the archbishop/prince of Salzburg, Markus Sittikus, he created a garden full of water features to take guests by surprise.

    It started raining as we walked through the gardens, and it was already cold... but that didn't stop the tour guide turning on the hidden water features to wet us even more. Everything was powered by water, and still works today, which is a pretty amazing feat.

    Late addition: I found out that part of the Sound of Music was filmed in these gardens!
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  • Day23

    The Archbishop's Trick Fountains

    July 14, 2017 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    The prince-archbishop after Wolf Dietrich built Schloss Hellbrun, a country estate outside of Salzburg with a very unique garden. He liked to play tricks on his guests with hidden water jets disguised as innocent statuary or walkways.

    At an outdoor dining table, if his guests got too rowdy or the prince got bored, they got a wet surprise. And since protocol dictated that they couldn't leave until he stood up, he could have his fun.

    Many of the sculptures were hydraulically operated, creating intricate moving figures and even sounds. One replicated 25 different actual bird sounds using bellows and musicbox-like rollers and tines. The moving parts represented very advanced technology for this time.

    Yes, we got wet--the tour guide seemed to enjoy playing tricks too!
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  • Day31

    Day 11: Trick water fountains

    July 5, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Our final challenge was to go on a tour on the gardens of Schloss Hellbrunn and count all the water jets we could find. The guy who built this castle had a twisted sense of humor and he installed all these hidden fountains that he could trigger and surprisingly wet his guests. Now the guides take the tourists through in groups and do the same.

    Unfortunately, R and I just missed a few large fountains so our final count was way off. Oh well, that means we are out of the running for first place.
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  • Day14

    The hills are alive - part 03

    December 28, 2015 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    'i am sixteen going on seventeen...' you can hear people humming this song as you approach this pavillion. Yes this is where lisa sings the song with her bf hahaha. Its move from its original location to here to protect against vandalism, but no one now can go in due to a few years ago, an old auntie went in, got to excited, danced and sing while hopping onto the stone benches. She slipped and crashed through the glass panels. But she is ok haa. The one in the movie was recreated in hollywood, and the original one was used in the background scenes where you can see it.Read more

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