Fräulein Maria’s Bicycle Tours
Belt out Sound of Music faves as you pedal on one of these jolly 3½ hour bike tours, taking in film locations including the...
Salzburg Panorama Tours
Boasts the ‘original Sound of Music Tour’ (€40) as well as a huge range of others, including Altstadt walking tours (€15), Mozart tours...
Salzburg Sightseeing Tours
Sells a 24-hour ticket (adult/child €16/8) for a multilingual hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city’s key sights and Sound of Music ...
A fantasy of coloured marble, stucco and frescoes, Schloss Mirabell’s baroque Marmorsaal (Marble Hall) is the exquisite setting for...
Heart of Joy
Ayurveda-inspired cafe with an all-vegetarian, mostly organic menu. It does great bagels, salads, homemade cakes and juices.
Schloss Mirabell information
Lonely Planet review
What a way to woo your mistress: Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich had this splendid palace built for his mistress Salome Alt in 1606. It must have done the trick because she went on to bear the archbishop some 15 children; sources disagree on the exact number – poor Wolf was presumably too distracted by spiritual matters to keep count himself. Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, of Schloss Belvedere fame, remodelled the palace in baroque style in 1721. The lavish baroque interior, replete with stucco, marble and frescoes, is free to visit. The Marmorsaal (Marble Hall) provides a sublime backdrop for evening chamber concerts.
The flowery parterres, rose gardens and leafy arbours are less overrun first thing in the morning and early evening. The lithe Tänzerin (dancer) sculpture is a great spot to photograph the gardens with the fortress as a backdrop. Sound of Music fans will of course recognise the Pegasus statue , the steps and the gnomes of the Zwerglgarten (Dwarf Garden), where the von Trapps practised ‘Do-Re-Mi’.