Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg, Austria

The Hellbrunn palace or the Summer Palace is a place to have fun especially in Summer 🙂

The palace has lots of water fountains designed in tricky ways. In each and every place, you will be surprised by these fountains which spray water on you from unexpected angles and places. These fun fountains were designed by a person called Markus Sittikus to play practical jokes on the guests coming to the palace.

Trick fountain in dining table, Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg

Trick fountain in dining table, Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg

It was real fun visiting this palace and I enjoyed a lot here. One of the impressive trick fountains was the one in the chairs of the dining table. The king invites friends to have a drink in the park. And when everyone is busy in their drinks, he switches on the trick fountain and the water pops out from under the seat and drenches everyone sitting…

If you notice, there is one seat from which no water is coming. That is where the king sits and enjoys watching everyone getting drenched! 🙂

There are fountains all over the palace designed in very cute and interesting patterns – small or big, they are all very cute and should have been designed by a really ingenious brain.

There was one such small fountain in which the water was flowing from one tortoise’s mouth to another’s mouth. I was amazed by the precision with which the water was flowing. The perfect parabolic curve it took from point to another – something that really deserves applause!

Water flowing with precision, Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg

Water flowing with precision, Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg

There was another amazing fountain in which the water flows vertically up with such a force that it lifts up the conical golden cap kept on top of the tap. By increasing the force of water, the cap just goes to the top of ceiling – without any shaking or falling!

And there was another room in which the fountains work continuously pouring down water on a mechanical device which ultimately makes bird’s sounds. The water flows on some flute kinda device which makes that bird sound. It sounded so natural that as soon as you enter the room, you will feel that there are some real birds inside.

Another master piece of engineering was the ‘working’ model of a city. There were about 200 toy figures depicting a typical day of normal city life. The toys were driven by water through an ‘organ’. They were showing people doing their normal work – sawing, hammering, etc.

Real engineering, Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg

Real engineering, Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg

Overall, the palace was filled with fun and also “engineering masterpieces”! A must visit in Salzburg!

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