While the stunning 17th century Italian-style Renaissance palace at Hellbrunn is splendid and its park spacious with its grottos, sculptures and fountains, the real draw is the unique Wasserspiele, or "Trick Fountains" with water shooting from various sources. A highlight is the mechanical theater with around 200 water-driven figures. Commissioned by Archbishop Markus Sittikus in 1613. it was designed as the ultimate "Lustschloß", or "pleasure palace", worthy of entertaining a who's who of nobility - at least those who would tolerate his shenanigans. It's still makes a fun getaway on a hot summer day in the Alps.
The palace can be visited independently, but a guide leads visitors on a short tour of the trick fountains.