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  • Hellbrunn Palace: An archbishop's playground - 1 of 9

    Hellbrunn Palace: An archbishop's playground

    The Austrian National Tourism Office invited 60 travel agents from the U.S. and Australia for a Destination Summit in the cities of Salzburg and Vienna. Attendees visited Salzburg's Hellbrunn Palace, the summer palace built by Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, Markus Sittikus, between 1612 and 1619. The 400-year-old castle is most well-known for its waterpark, which features hidden fountains, grottos and an animatronic theater powered by water pressure, all constructed for the amusement of the Prince Archbishop. Photos by Thomas R. Lechleiter

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    Hellbrunn Palace: An archbishop's playground

    The main pool of the Hellbrunn waterpark.

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    Hellbrunn Palace: An archbishop's playground

    This stone outdoor dining table hides multiple water conduits that, when activated, give those who sit around it a humorous surprise.

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    Hellbrunn Palace: An archbishop's playground

    In this image, you can see the activated fountain heads in the seats. As you might have noticed, the only spot left free from the spraying water is the seat at the head of the table where the Prince Archbishop would have been seated.

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    Hellbrunn Palace: An archbishop's playground

    This is just one of the many grottos that surround the pool area.

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    Hellbrunn Palace: An archbishop's playground

    An example of the Baroque sculptures in the pool area.

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    Hellbrunn Palace: An archbishop's playground

    This hidden grotto area features a cave-like design with sculpted stalactites hanging from the ceiling and a fountain of rotating carved figures powered by water pressure.

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    Hellbrunn Palace: An archbishop's playground

    In this hidden grotto, cracked walls and a broken ceiling intentionally carved this way give the effect of the room being perilously close to caving in.

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    Hellbrunn Palace: An archbishop's playground

    This 250 year old diorama of carved wooden figures is a giant music box. When activated by water pressure, it plays music as animatronic workers perform typical tasks modeled after the Salzburg working class.

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