Mirabell Palace and Gardens

Originally built as a home for the mistress and children of Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Reichenau, this baroque palace and gardens are a beautiful place to relax. They are also the most famous location from The Sound of Music. The fortress makes a great backdrop to the gardens when looking in the direction of the Old Town.

Mirabell Palace was originally built within 6 months in 1606 on the orders of Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Reichenau. It was intended as a home for his mistress Salome Alt (after whom it was named Schloss Altenau) and their children. While she gave birth to 15 children, only 10 survived.

Wolf Dietrich’s arch enemy and successor – Markus Sittikus who had deposed and imprisoned Wolf Dietrich – renamed it Mirabell, taken from the Italian for ‘wonderful’ and ‘beautiful’.

Extensively damaged by fire in 1818, the palace was rebuilt in the Baroque style and it is this 200 year old building that you see today.

The Gardens

The geometrically arranged gardens were first laid out in 1687 and have since evolved. The statues date from the early 1700s and have a mythological theme. You will also notice that the gardens are aligned with the Salzburg Castle and Cathedral to provide a very dramatic backdrop.

The Orangery was added in 1725.

The area where you see the Pegasus Fountain, the unicorns and lions was originally part of a horse bath. This was remodelled in 1913.

The gardens were opened to the public by Emperor Franz Josef in the middle of the 1800s.

Fraulein Maria Says

Mirabell Palace and Gardens is an absolute must for lovers of ‘The Sound of Music’. There’s lots you will recognise, including the Pegasus Fountain and the nearby steps. You will remember that the children used the steps as a musical scale during Do Re Mi.

Did you know that The Sound of Music most likely saved 20th Century Fox? The studio had a disaster on it’s hands with Cleopatra, just before ‘The Sound of Music’, so it was lucky that it went on to win 5 Oscars (including Best Picture) and was in the top 3 highest grossing movies of all time (adjusted for inflation).

Don’t miss the Gnome Garden and the Vine Tunnel which you are also sure to recognise.

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The Palace

Purchased by the city of Salzburg in 1866 the palace has multiple uses today. It hosts local government offices as well as halls used for concerts and weddings.

Inside the building, the Marmorsaal (Marble Hall) is particularly ornate with elaborate marble statues and masonry which largely survived the fire in 1818. Unfortunately the original ceiling fresco didn’t survive.

Fun Fact

The Marble Hall is also generally regarded as one of the most beautiful wedding halls in the world and can be rented for a very reasonable €200 plus tax.

Don’t Miss

The steps close to the Pegasus fountain where you will get one of the best pictures in Salzburg, the gardens with the Cathedral and Castle as the backdrop.

Opening Hours:

The Palace and Angel Staircase is open daily from 8.00am to 6.00pm.

The Marble Hall is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8.00am until 4.00pm and on Tuesday and Friday from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.

The gardens are open from 6.00am until dusk – although in pratice much later.

The Oranagerie is open all year round from 9.00am until 4.00pm.

The Dwarf Garden is closed during the winter months.

Admission throughout the palace and gardens is free.

If you’d like to attend a concert in a hall where Mozart would once have played, you can book online here.

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