Schloss Mirabell is a historic palace located in Salzburg, Austria. The palace was built in 1606 by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau as a token of his love for Salome Alt, his mistress.
The palace was originally called Altenau Palace and was later renamed Mirabell Palace by Prince-Archbishop Johann Ernst von Thun in 1687. The palace underwent several renovations and expansions over the years, and today it is considered one of the most beautiful and impressive examples of Baroque architecture in Austria.
The gardens were completely redesigned under archbishop Johann Ernst von Thun in 1690 and features:
- The Pegasus Fountain features a sculpture of the horse, Pegasus.
- Located around the Grand Fountain are four groups that symbolize the 4 elements: fire, air, earth and water.
- Palace Chapel
- The Hedge Theater can be found in the western section of the gardens
- The Dwarf Garden
- The Rose Garden
- The Orangery functions today as a palm house.
The palace features several rooms and halls that are open to the public, including the Marble Hall, which is known for its beautiful frescoes and stucco work, and the Mirabell Gardens, which are famous for their fountains, sculptures, and floral displays.
The Mirabell Gardens are a popular tourist attraction and have been used as a filming location for several movies, including “The Sound of Music”. The palace is also frequently used as a venue for concerts and other cultural events. Schloss Mirabell is an important cultural and historical landmark in Salzburg and a must-see destination for visitors to the city.
The Sound of Music
Schloss Mirabell is known for its appearance in the popular movie “The Sound of Music”. In the film, the gardens are the location where Maria and the von Trapp children sing “Do-Re-Mi” and dance around the fountain. You can visit other areas featured in the movie such as the steps where the children jump from one to the other while singing.
- In addition to “The Sound of Music”, Schloss Mirabell has also been featured in other films, including “Knight Rider 2000” and “Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra”.
- The name “Mirabell” comes from the Italian word “mirabile”, which means “amazing” or “wonderful”. The palace and gardens were designed to be a showpiece of beauty and elegance.
- The Mirabell Palace and Gardens were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 as part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg.
- The Mirabell Gardens cover an area of 22 acres and feature beautifully manicured lawns, colorful flower beds, and statues of mythological figures.
Mirabell Palace & Gardens Details
- Hours: Palace daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Gardens: daily from approx. 6 a.m. to dusk
- Address: Mirabellplatz 4, 5020 Salzburg
- Mirabell Palace & Gardens Website
I didn’t get to go inside, which I kinda regret since we were literally right there. But it’s a place to add to your vacation hit list if you’re ever in Salzburg.
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