Mirabell gardens, Salzburg
Favorite thing: We were three blocks from Mirabell Gardens and walked by them a half a dozen times without realizing what it was. On our last day, we discovered them about 20 minutes before our bus was to leave for a tour we took to Berchdesgaden. We only got to spend about 10 minutes in the Gardens, and it was raining, but it was still beautiful.
Favorite thing: The lovely pegasus sculpture was designed by Kaspar Gras from Innsbruck (1661) and placed here in 1913 after it had been in several different locations. The 4 groups of figures around the fountain symbolize the 4 elements: Fire (Aeneas' flight from Troy), Air (Hercules' battle with Antaeus), Earth (Pluto, lord of the Underworld abducting Zeus' daughter Persephone) and Water (Paris carrying off Helen, precipitating the Trojan War).
Walking in the Mirabel Gardens, with its famous winged pegasus and all those strange dwarfs in the park above whilst singing all those Sound of Music songs!
The gardens were opened to the public in 1854 by Emperor Franz Joseph and has remained a jewel of horticultural architecture to this day.
A colourful world of flowers and sculptures, artistically trimmed hedges and arbours, that's the Mirabellgarten. In 1606 Archbishop Wolf Diedrich built for his mistress Salome Alt the catle Altenau at the gates of the city. Later the whole area became a summer residence of the archbishops. The garden itself was designed by Fischer von Erlach in 1690.
Fondest memory: From the former Orangerie, through the arboured walk on the left side you will find the Hedge Theatre, and behind it there are the dwarfs. The stone dwarf figures look really cool, they represent different characters or professions.
Favorite thing: This palace in Mirabellgarten was built by the worldly prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his mistress, Salome Alt, in 1606. Its attractive gardens were featured in "The Sound of Music", and this is a great place to relax.
Mirabell-garten is just a few steps from the train-station - and arriving by train is the best idea in Salzburg, as in the centre most streets are pedestrian area or one-way-streets and only locals will know, how to get along
Fondest memory: CBMirabellgarden is a great place for a little walk and have a great view of the castle
Favorite thing: Mirabell Gardens have lots of nice sculptures, fountains, flowers and a very nice view of rest of the town.
Favorite thing: Above the Mirabel gardens in the Bastion Gardens you will see strange statues of dwarfs - Zwerglgarten (Dwarf Garden) - made of Untersberg marble.