Visiting the Stone Theatre in Hellbrunn, Salzburg
The Stone Theatre, a romantic spot, open-air stage and children’s playground, is hidden in the Palace gardens on the Hellbrunn mountain.
While building the grand Hellbrunn Palace from 1613 to 1615, Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus von Hohenems made bold plans for the old quarry in the palace gardens on the adjacent Hellbrunn mountain. The Stone Theatre, which is the oldest natural open-air stage north of the Alps, was completed at the same time as the palace. It still serves as the site of select events, is a glorious monument to the fusion of nature and culture, and acts as an adventure playground for sprightly children.
Walking to the Stone Theatre
The sweeping palace park plays hosts to many an attraction. Ranging from the cute Trick Fountains to the adventurous children’s playground and the sleepy Little Month Palace, this walk is rich in discoveries and experiences. The path to the Stone Theatre leads directly onto the mountain – there’s another ascent south of Salzburg Zoo from Anif – in several, not overly steep serpentines with a few long flights of natural stairs. Sturdy shoes are required for the theatre itself, as it can become quite slippery depending on the weather. This marvel carved out of stone looks and feels impressive with its numerous caves, passages, alcoves and hidden surprises. Families with children will find a fun attraction that is perfect to climb around on.
Events at the Stone Theatre in Hellbrunn
Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘L'Orfeo’ was performed on this magical stage of conglomerate stone on 31 August 1617 – the first documented open-air opera performance in all of Central Europe. Over the course of the following centuries the Stone Theatre acted as a stage for various religious and secular performances in the areas of music, dance, concert, theatre and literature. After a long break, more and more events for several hundred spectators have been taking place here since 2013, one of which is the popular Hellbrunner Volksliedsingen (‘Hellbrunn Folk Song Concert’). This get-together is all about tradition and customs and will take place for the 42nd time on 15 August 2019.
Whether a romantic walk for a two or a neat little family trip: The Stone Theatre in Hellbrunn is always worth a visit. Palpable history and the unmatched fusion of nature and culture impress anew every time. Combine your holiday at the Romantik Hotel GMACHL with this and other trips to the city of Mozart and request a non-binding offer today!