Schloss Mirabell

Schloss Mirabell information

Salzburg , Austria
Address
Street Mirabellplatz 4
Opening hours
palace 8am-4pm Mon, Wed & Thu, 1-4pm Tue & Fri, gardens dawn-dusk
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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’.