Fountain sights in Austria
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Today, Hellbrunn attracts the giggling tourist masses in summer; most are here for the fabulously eccentric Wasserspiele. Be prepared to get very wet as you wander past stone lions, cherubs and statues that drench you with water when you least expect it. For a right good soaking, step inside the mother-of-pearl Neptune Grotto or gaze up to admire the 200 limewood figurines at the water-driven Mechanical Theatre. Tours run every 30 minutes.
In Hauptplatz the northeastern fountain, the Schüsselbrunnen, is surmounted by a bronze statue, created in 1566. This figure is the town mascot: its hand is raised as if in greeting, while a jet of water spits forth from its mouth.