My dear Boy:
We spent a quiet morning at home and, after dinner, took a car for Hellbrumm about three miles out of Salzburg. It is an imperial chateau with garden and foundations in the style of the 17th century. It was built by Archbishop Sittich in 1613.
The waterworks look very interesting. As you stand and look at some pretty fountain, the guard turns some key and the water spouts out of little holes in ground all around you. Again, as you enter a grotto, the water squirts out of the mouth, nose and ears of all kinds of grotesque heads, and if you do not look out you get a ducking.
In another grotto, a crown is lifted and lowered by the water. In one place, a large stage is seen with numerous figures which are set to work by the water and show the different mechanics in their work—a house being erected, coopers at work, blacksmiths, etc., the soldier guard marching up and down, a girl dancing and many hundreds of figures in motion.
This all, although it may appear childish, is still very characteristic of the taste of the 17th century and agrees with the charm of the surrounding nature.
The garden terrace lying behind the castle is almost classically beautiful with its gay flower beds and little ponds full of fish, reflecting the grand old cypresses that surround them.
A very nice walk up the hill brought us to a resting place from where we had a fine view of Salzburg and the old fortress. Emily climbed still higher to the picturesque Stone Theatre, a cavern half natural, half artificial, where plays were performed in “Ye olden times.”
We found quite a crowd out here as this is a great holiday pentacost, and we had quite a time getting on to the car, just like in America. We returned by the electric line which has just been opened to traffic and runs all the way to Berchtesgaden.
Home at 6:30, and, as it was very damp out doors, we stayed home.