We had a bit of time before our tour began so we walked around the park area a bit. We came across yet another Sound of Music bit of history!
After walking around the park a bit, it was time for our tour...we walked back up the drive to the Palace towards the entrance.
We went into the courtyard area with our group and walked back into the grounds of the Palace. We realized then, that the tour would be of the outside areas of the palace.
This was not a residence but a place for celebrations, a location for summer fun and recuperation. This spirit can be felt now just as much as 400 years ago: Whether you stroll through the expansive park or get a tour of the Trick fountains.
Visitors to Hellbrunn are drawn particularly by the Trick fountains. They can enjoy the water automats, grottoes, fountains and other water-operated tricks – nothing else in the world can match their forms and variety. One thing is certain: all guests can look forward to a refreshing, fun experience for young and old. The water sprays from all spouts and tubes, it trickles and ripples – and sometimes it even gets someone wet. Surprises are guaranteed!"
So, first thing, we all sit down behind this table and our guide tells us how Markus Sittikus would invite his guests over and have them sit at this table and when they'd all be sitting there, the fountains would turn on and they'd get soaked. What fun for them! Then fountains came on everywhere! You can see them around the sides and coming out of the chairs. This guy had quite the sense of humor...we wondered what would be next!
Then we started walking along the pathway towards the palace
We went inside and found the decor to be quite interesting, at least in this section!
Yes, it does look like a cave...
We went outside and lookout!
You just never know what's going to come out of a deer nose or antlers!
Then all along this little stream were these little figurines. The water automats they're called. They are powered by the stream, and they're a bit interesting as well!
Next is a mechanical theater with over 200 water driven figures that move to the beat of an organ piece, also driven by water....at the end, the guests watching it are surprised by some more water. You'd think it was going to come from the theater but it catches you off guard coming from an unexpected source. Which I'm not giving away in case anyone makes their way there!
This thing was huge - you can get a better idea here with the people in front of it
Next we went into a room called the Grottos
This water rose up from the floor with this cone on top...
and of course to exit the Grotto....
Alex and I had a blast here. It was a hot day and the fountains were cool, and very unexpected. You never knew where one would pop up. It was a totally unique place! Outside of the tour area was the garden area and we spent some time walking around. The grounds were beautiful! Many people were just sitting there enjoying it or picnicking.
So far, we were very happy we had hopped off at this stop! And there was still much more to see here!...