Probably the most beautiful gardens in Salzburg and they are free! There are some nice sculptures and flowers and a couple of fountains in the gardens with plenty of places to sit and rest a while from the sights of the old town over the river.
Despite going in March you still get a sense of how the garden would look in full bloom. There were some nice floral displays but I have no doubt that in the summer this garden would look lovely. The final scenes of Doh, Re, Me from the Sound of Music were also filmed here, the steps they hop up at the end and fountain they danced around.
You should also look out for the collection of dwarf statues which can be found up some steps on a terrace opposite the residence. They are quite funny but can easily be missed.
The Mirabell gardens are a lovely place to sit and people watch.
If its a pleasant sunny day and you have done all the "sightseeing", grab a good book and some bottled water. Find a bench in the Mirabell gardens on the main pathway under a nice shady tree. Relax and watch the world go by.
If you are a Sound of Music fan, you will certainly want to visit the Mirabell Gardens where Maria and the children sang Doh, a deer whilst skipping round the fountains, statues and flower beds. However you might miss the steps where they stepped up and down in a grand finale to the song.
Walk the length of the garden past the flowers and the fountain and more flowers. Walk along the side of the large building and finally at the end of the garden you will find the steps. If you happen to be in a part of eight, you can re-enact the scene.
The Mirabell Gardens are like an oasis in the centre of Salzburg, a place where you can sit and rest after a days sightseeing. I never noticed it at the time but the gardens were built on a north-south axis and are oriented towards the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Salzburger Dom Cathedral. The original gardens were attributed to J B Fisher von Erlach in 1689 but they were remodelled in 1730 by Franz Anton Danreiter and have remained virtually unchanged since then.
Most of the "castle" has been turned into offices. Yes, there are still some gorgeous ball rooms etc, it's more of a residence than castle. If you are on a money or time budget, go up to the Festung Hohensalzburg instead.
The gardens however are free and rather pretty in the spring-fall. It's a hot spot for those following the sound of music thing. It's also a great meeting spot for friends if you are comming from different areas in the city.
Mirabell gardens, set in the centre of Salzburg is a lovely place to wander through. You can even take the Sound of Music tour immediately outside if you wish. Like the rest of Salzburg the Mirabell Gardens are a pleasure.
Salzburg is not a tiring city but a visit to the Mirabell Gardens makes a very pleasant break from museums and shops and although I visited in winter, there were still some pretty displays of pansies in the flower beds and the autumn colours of the trees were lovely. Impressive statues are dotted around the gardens and the beautiful buildings of the Palace and Orangery make a lovely backdrop for photographs.
Mirabell Gardens was made popular as being one of the setting of the movie The Sound of Music. In the gardens, you can see beautiful flowers, fountain and statues. Here, you can relax, enjoy the ambiance, while reminiscing the movie the Sound of Music. :)
The beautiful Mirabell Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in Salzburg. In it you will fing colourful displays of flowers in season, sttues, fountains and of course the Mirabell Palace.
I believe that some of the movie scenes from that perennial family favourite, "The Sound of Music", were shot in these magnificent gardens.
Not only does Salzburg have many impressive buildings, it has a nice park in its centre where locals and tourists alike go to unwind. Although it existed as early as the 17th century, Mirabellgarten has only been open to the public since 1854.
Mirabellgarten is adjacent to Schloss Mirabell, a baroque palace that contains the Museum of Baroque Art (in case the rest of Salzburg isn't baroque enough for you). Many pieces of art spanning the past 3-4 centuries have been spread throughout the park.
A personal highlight was the charming Zwerglgarten (Dwarves' Garden), which contains 12 adorable statues of dwarves. It seems that there were originally more dwarves, but after the Zwerglgarten was temporarily removed in the 19th century, some of the statues auctioned off and/or lost.
I love this garden with it's very elaborated formal beds of flowers, fountains and sculptures, ornate palace and depending where you are, beautiful views to the fortress. There are also many benches in different locations - I spent a lovely time relaxing here, I even took a nap :)
The castle was built in 1606 by request of archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau as the residence for his wife Salome Alt. As for such impressive gift, she gave him 15 children. One of later archbishop's of Salzburg restored and enlarged both as castle and gardens. The garden was formed in baroque style, with many sculptures, figures and fountains. The entrance of the gardens guard two stone lions and behind them there is located dwarfs' garden. When here ruled Bavarian king Ludwig, he hated them so much, he wanted to sell dwarfs, and luckily nowadays they stand where they were.
Nowadays it houses Salzburg municipal administration.
Surrounding the Schloss Mirabell, a palace built in 1606, this elaborate garden is located between the train station and the old city. Lots of flowers, lots of interesting statues and lots of fountains. It is a good place to sit down and take a break from the old city. It is fairly large and a walk through the whole thing will take a long time, but it is worth it and there are plenty of benches to take a break at. This is also a place enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
The Mirabell gardens are an exceptionally beautiful area of Salzburg. They were designed by Fischer von Erlach and the many stunning statues within the gardens were created by Ottavio Mosto in 1690.
From the gardens you get a great view up to Hohensalzburg fortress. Although the fact that the fortress is on a hill means that pretty much anywhere in the city you will get a great view, but when you have the gardens lying right in front of you as well - it is even better.
There are a few different areas in the garden, the main area has vibrant red and yellow flowerbeds on bright green grass, with fountains and (the aforementioned) statues. There are also some more secluded areas in the garden - if you want to sit away from other people in the gardens. There are many wooden benches to sit on and rest or to eat your lunch on (like I did) and enjoy the serene atmosphere around you. Even when there are heaps of people walking around it seemed like everyone was having a great time in the gardens, taking pleasure in the surroundings.
Also around the gardens are: Mirabell Palace, the Landestheater (provincial theater) and a Baroque Museum (although I did not enter any of these buildings, so I don't feel I can comment on them, sorry). As I have noted in my tip on the 'Sound of Music Tour' the gardens were used in the filming of the same movie.
It is definitely a great place to wander around, I loved it and came here on both days I was in Salzburg. I suggest you see the gardens if you are in Salzburg.
More photos and comments can be found on my Mirabell Gardens travelogue.