Hanging at Hellbrunn and Dinner with Friends.

I honestly tried to sum up Salzburg in my last post- but Hellbrunn is SO special it deserves it’s own page. Let’s review…after visiting Vienna, my hubby took a train back to Salzburg to fly to Montana for work duties.  My parents and I of course traveled to Croatia, and then a day or so to play in Salzburg before they flew home.  A perfect place to play is Hellbrunn Palace!  Yes, another palace- this time a summer palace only a couple of miles from inner-Salzburg.  It was the archibishop, Markus Sittikus’s summer palace he decided to throw together in 1613 to entertain guests during the summer days.  It’s special charm are the trick fountains that are run without electricity and could just spout off unexpectedly at any moment.  It was SO.MUCH.FUN.

Hellbrunn Place, & my lil prince approaching...

Hellbrunn Place, & my lil prince approaching…

I have, of course, blogged about this palace prior, but it was covered in snow and also hosts a 2K cross-country ski loop! See here  and here.

Grandma and G-pa in the gardens near the palace.

Grandma and G-pa in the gardens near the palace.

First stop, near this pool and we all congregate for an explanation of how dinner might commence 17th century style.

First stop, near this pool and we all congregate for an explanation of how dinner might commence 17th century style.

Then, as guest congregate, Markus would turn on the fountains and spray everyone seated.

Then, as guests congregate, Markus would turn on the fountains and spray everyone!? That is one way to win friends and influence people.

Please click on the first picture for a fun slide-show…

Afterwards, we went out for dinner and for dessert, Salzburg Knockerl.

Afterwards, we went out for dinner and for dessert, Salzburg Knockerl.

Salzburg Knockerl is a traditional dessert made of a lot of meringue and apricot filling on the bottom.

Servers in Dirndl's- typical of  Bavaria and Austria.

Servers in Dirndl’s- typical of Bavaria and Austria.

Guten Appetit!

Guten Appetit!

Yours in trick fountains, Kim

Yours in trick fountains, Kim

Spring has Sprung at Hellbrunn Palace

Spring has Sprung at Hellbrunn Palace

Nice little backdrop for a playground, eh?

Within a couple of days, the weather turned to spring.  If you recall one of my previous posts, Skiing in a 17th Century Summer Palace, I was nordic skiing this very same park just about a week prior.  Now, it is lush and green and full of Mummys and buggies.  The week before we left for a vacation to the UK, Eliot and I played at Hellbrunn, this time with spring weather.

Although in 1613 it was originally a summer palace full of trick fountains for the Archbishop to spend his days, now it houses a beautiful park and has mountainous views in many directions.  There are trails around the open space and a walking/biking path that leads downtown (approx 5 km).  I thought it would be fun to hike the hillier trails in this picture…

Goal in sight-the top of that hill you see in the background.

Goal in sight-the top of that hill you see in the background (on the Left!)

This is Schloss Hellbrune, only a measly side-view...

This is Schloss Hellbrunn, only a measly side-view…

‘Schloss’ means, ‘castle’ btw…

The restaurant to the right surely offered schnitzel, cheesy spaetzle and Pilsner, but alas I resisted the urge and pressed on toward the goal.

Eliot, distracted by Unicorn.

Goal-in-sight. Distracted by Unicorn.

I call this one. Goal-in-sight. Distracted by Man-on-Fish.

I call this one. Goal-in-sight. Distracted by Man-on-Fish.

These things take so much longer than they should…

Once again, the goal is the hill just to the left of the yellow building, a small museum.

Once again, the goal is the hill just to the left of the yellow building, a small museum.

Goal in sight. Distracted by bridge.

Goal in sight. Distracted by bridge.

After stashing the stroller in the woods due to increasingly difficult incline and icy conditions, we reached the top. (ok, it took, like 10 min, but it seemed a bit like Everest for Mom).

There is the playground where I took the first pic.

You can spot the  playground where I took the first pic bottom,left. I believe Mt Gaisberg to the Right

View from the top!

View from the top! You can see the pools where the distraction took place…and the mountains of Salzburg emerging to the right.

We are just above the Museum (closed this time of yr) from this view
We are just above the Museum (closed this time of yr) from this view.  The Alps in the background.

For my Mother's sake, Eliot's perch. Safely from this park bench.

For my Mother’s sake, Eliot’s perch. Safely on this park bench.

Please, double click on this next one:

Laslty, a spur trail to the East allows a spectacular view of Mount Watzmann.

Lastly, a spur trail to the East allows a spectacular view of Mount Watzmann, or, uh, er..Untersberg.

Originally, I thought I was capturing The Watzmann.  But apparently my sense of direction is poorer than I like to admit. I was just corrected, this appears to be the same peak that I have photographed many times prior, since it greets us as we exit our house daily.  I will add, then that this is the mountain that the Von Trapp’s were to have escaped over to get to Switzerland to freedom from the Nazi’s.  However, had they actually done that, it would have  brought them to Berchtesgaden, and directly into Hitler’s lair.

I will post later about Mt Watzman which is near Berchtesgaden ,Germany (blog post to follow in this lovely town!).  (This is apparently the third highest in Germany and belongs to the Berchtesgaden Alps, which are part of the Northern Limestone Alps. I just like saying ‘Alps.’)

“Alps! Alps! Alps!”  There, it is out of my system.

I have a lovely little video of the panorama that I may or may not include, not sure how much people are getting out of those, but let’s finish by talking about Hellbrunner Allee. This is a magnificent foot/bike path (the entire town is connected by these, driving a car is very discouraged, even in the foulest weather) that leads from the palace into town.  Just thought I would post a mansion or two you can spot along the way.

Mansion 1.

Mansion 1.

Mansion 2. With contemporary art in the yard. Luv it.

Mansion 2. With contemporary art in the yard. Luv it.

Yellow seems to be popular color.  There was another Sound of Music site somewhere along this path, but I never spotted it.

I couldn’t resist: a video of the whole view:

Up next, our vacay to the UK, or our Sunday in Bertchesgaden…not sure, but stay tuned!

We miss you all and hope you are enjoying the pics!

xoxo

Kim