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We started a very nice walked tour in Salzburg,seeing this beautiful gardens:Mirabell Gardens,they are located just next to the Mirabell Castle.From here you can have some awesome views of the city and the Fortress.
This is a nice place to take a break and if you like photography,in here you'll find many good places,and small corners to make very nice photos,because there are lots of nice sculptures,fountains, flowers,etc.and has a very nice view of rest of town.
Probably you'll see lots of visitors in here,because is a Must See in Salzburg,but I liked specially this beautiful gardens.
Take a look into my travelogue to see a few more photos taken at Mirabell Gardens.
This is a picture taken at Mirabell Castle.This beautiful building,was built by Prince-Archibishop, Wolf Dietrich,in 1.606.Now can be visited,but unfortunatelly I didn't had the chance to see the castle for the inside,my visit to Salzbug was very short.
Here you can see now some music concerts and interesting expositions.
Also the palace accomodates today the office of Salzburg's Bürgermeister (Mayor) and the Municipal administration.
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.
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Schloss Mirabell means "beautiful view" and this gorgeous palace was built in 1606 under the reign of Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau. It was rebuilt in 1818 following a fire that caused major damage.
The Mirabell Palace has been owned by the City of Salzburg since 1866, and since 1947 it has contained the city’s administration offices and the mayor's office.
The palace is right in the middle of the old town and has fantastic gardens, and it really is a baroque masterpiece with ornate stairwells, courts and halls. Fresco ceilings, marble features, sculptures and artworks make this a sensational place to see.
It is open from 8am to 6pm daily.
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Enjoy a Baroque overdose in this area, with the castle, gardens, fountains, and view of the Old Town and Fortress. This is probably the best place in Salzburg for views and photographs, especially if you have time to kill but not much money. Sound of Music fans can find a covered walkway where they can pretend they're Maria. Husbands of Sound of Music fans can humor their wives and tell them how much fun it is. ;)
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The modern day Mirabell Palace is mundanely occupied by the munincipal offices of Salzburg but has a long and interesting history. The original Baroque palace on this site was built in 1606 by Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, the first and arguably most famous of Salzburg's three archbishop-princes who elevated the city to a foremost rank in the Holy Roman Empire. It overlooked the Salzach River on the bank opposite the old city, surrounded by gardens, and was named Altenau in honor of his consort Salome Alt. After his abdication in 1612 and imprisonment in the Hohensalzburg Fortress following an ill-advised and unsuccessful salt war with the far more powerful kingdom of Bavaria, his successor Markus Sittikus renamed it Mirabell ( beautiful view ). The palace would undergo several renovations including a major effort by prince archbishop Franz Anton Furst von Harrach between 1721-7 as designed by the famous Baroque architect von Hildebrandt. A fire in 1818 destroyed much of the palace and most of what we see today is the work of Viennese master Peter von Nobile soon afterward. Interestingly this last renovation led to a more classical and far less ornate decor and the exterior today is relatively simple. One of the only hints of the original Baroque excess visible on the exterior of the palace is the ornate window trim. Perhaps the less extravagant appearance reflects Salzburg's loss of independence and inclusion is Austria in 1815 following the Napoleonic wars and the overthrow of the prince-archbishop rule at the end of the Holy Roman Empire.
As a munincipal building it is open to all free of charge during business hours but there are no tours or brochures to help the visitor along. As described in the next tip, the interior contains two of the world's great Baroque masterpieces.
WOLF DIETRICH AND SALOME ALT - the tyrannical and universally hated Wolf Dietrich had only one soft spot - his affection for Salome Alt, the daughter of a prominent Salzburg businessman. She is variously described as being Jewish or Protestant, but never Catholic. They would have 15 children, of whom ten survived, and all considered illegitimate by the church. This relationship is stated to have been one of true love and they remained faithful throughout their lives, even when Wolf was imprisoned in 1612. Salome served as an advisor and hostess, scandalizing the conservative Catholic Salzburgers and the church. An attempt at a papal dispensation failed, not surprisingly for an archbishop trying to marry a non-Catholic. He would remain a prisoner till his death in 1618.
After his death, Salome moved to neighboring Wels where she lived to age 75 (1633), remaining true to the departed Wolf Dietrich. Strangely, and despite her prodigious labors, she would die without a single grandchild.
Small and romantic gardens
The gardens were designed by Fischer von Erlach in 1690 to the orders of Archbishop Johann Ernst Thun; groups of sculptures, the weirdly humorous Dwarves' Garden, exquisitely planned flower beds, the maze and the "hedge theatre" are a joy for everyone.
Mirabell Garden was built by the emperor for his mistress. Wish I lived then and was a mistress, seems like they had as good a time and the royals themselves. There are at least four entrances to the Mirabell Gardens, but you would probably want to enter from the Rainerstrasse and head for the Rosenhügel (Rosebush Hill). When you arrive at the top of the steps, you would have reached the point where Julie Andrews and her seven "children" showed off their singing ability in The Sound of Music.
The center of the gardens is dominated by four large groups of statues representing the elements and designed by Ottavio Mosto. The flowers that bloom here are just a magnificent array of colour and scents. A bronze version of the horse Pegasus stands in front of the south facade of the palace in the center of a circular water basin. The most famous part of the Mirabell Gardens is the Zwerglgarten (Dwarfs' Garden), which can be found opposite the Pegasus fountain. Here you'll find 12 statues of dwarves sculpted in marble, and I must say, I think this was my favorite part of the garden.
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Mirabell Palace Interior - Angel Staircase
The great fire of 1818 destroyed much of the Mirabell palace but left intact two of Baroque art's greatest masterpieces. The great marble staircase is known as the Donnerstiege after the creator of the life sized classical statues in the niches lining the staircase, considered among the finest of existing Baroque creations (1726). This famous Viennese sculptor was selected to appear on the 2002 Austrian Euro gold commemorative coin in recognition of his many famous works.
The staircase itself is by Lukas von Hillebrandt working off the original design of the Altenau Palace. In an overwhelming setting of marble, delightful marble angels adorning the ornate balustrades have led to the second name for the staircase, the Angel Staircase.
Mirabell Palace Interior - Marble Hall
The 1818 fire destroyed several ceiling frescoes by Rottmayer, but left relatively unscathed the beautiful Marble Hall (Marmorsaal) today used as a wedding hall often called the most beautiful in Austria and up to 300 Mozart concerts a year, some designed for tourists and others featuring the most highly acclaimed musicians in Europe. During the 17th C, it was the ceremonial hall and main dining room of the prince archbishops, and among others Leopold Mozart and his gifted family performed here for state dinners and ceremonies. The Marble Hall is a most striking room - the name is drawn from the ornate patterned tan, red, black, and white marble floor (Image 4). The walls are bright white covered with delicate gold appliques. Crystal chandeliers and extensive windows bathe the room in light. With the Angel Staircase, the Marble Hall make a stunning celebration of Baroque excess, well worth visiting.
Mirabell Gardens were desigend by Fischer von Erlach in 1690. It has many sculptures, ranging from Mythological characters to funny looking dwarves.
I highly reccomend the Zwerg Garten, wich is where the dwarves are located. The Zwerg Garten is not only funny, but also historic, as it is located on top of part of the old wall that surrounded Salzburg centuries ago.
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Mirabell Palace was originally built in the early part of the 17th century, by the Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau who named it Altenau Palace. It was built for his mistress Salome Alt who bore him 15 children, ten of whom survived. The successor to von Raitenau, Archbishop Markus Sitticus von Hohenems, renamed the castle Mirabell.
It was renovated in the late 18th century in the baroque style and the beautiful baroque gardens are thought to be among the best in the world. Good news is that these days the complex is available for weddings and is genaerlly open to to the public. Admission to view is free.
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The famous Mirabellgarten, with great view of the Altstadt. The Scho Mirabell ("Palace" building to the left) has its beginnings in the 17th century, although it was rebuilt after a fire in 1818. This ornate building now houses offices of the city admininstration.
Schloss Mirabell was built 1606 and redesigned a couple of times so that it now appears as a classicistic building from outside. It is office of the mayor/administration nowadays. Thus you can only visit the famous Baroque staircase and the Marble hall, and the latter only if it is not used for any meetings, wedding ceremonies and so. And that is almost NEVER as the guy at the entrance told me. Bad luck for me, btw, during the 4 days I was in Salzburg the Marble Hall was used for an important meeting.
Anyway, I enjoyed looking at the facades and the beautiful staircase.
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One of the set locations of the classic movie, The Sound of Music, Mirabell Garden is now known as the meeting point of tourists who would take the movie road trip.
Typical of European gardens, its lawn is well manicured and showcases a variety of flowers and plants. An ideal place to relax and unwind within the city.
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