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Mirabell Palace and Gardens is located in one of the most popular tourist attractions in Salzburg, Austria. Located in Mirabellplatz, 5020 Salzburg, Austria, it is a place that is a must-visit on your trip to Salzburg. The Palace has been recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site, and you’ll find out why in this piece. 

About Mirabell Palace & Gardens

The name “Mirabell” is a combination of two Italian words- “Mirabile” (meaning admirable) and Bella (meaning beautiful). This place was originally built in the 17th century, it has got a rich history. Since then, it has been through damages and remodels.

Stunning Architecture at Mirabell Palace

With stucco decor and incredible marble details, the Marble Hall of the Mirabell Palace is one of the most luxurious concert halls in the whole world.

Stucco decor at Mirabell Palace

From 1721 to 1727, Prince-Archbishop Franz Anton von Harrach had the palace redesigned. This was done by the famous baroque architect by the name of Lukas von Hildebrandt.

In 1818, the city was hit by a huge fire that damaged the palace greatly. Frescoes created by Gaetano Fanti and Johann Michael Rottmayr were also ruined by the flames. However, the marble staircase that leads into the palace remained unharmed. 

Marble staircase at Mirabell Palace

Today, the breathtaking architecture of the Mirabell Palace is owed to Peter de Nobile, who is the director and architectural consultant of the Vienna School of Architecture. This palace includes some of the most celebrated works of baroque art. 

The superb staircase created by Lukas von Hildebrandt is one of the most cherished artworks in the Palace. The sculptures include works by Georg Raphael Donner and are truly some of the finest works of European baroque art. 

Sculptures at Mirabell Palace

The Palace has several uses. Today, it is used for administrative reasons, and it houses the offices of the Mayor of Salzburg and the Municipal council.

Wedding Hall at Mirabell Palace

The most interesting use of the Palace, however, is that it can also be used as a wedding Hall. Yes, you can actually have your dream wedding at this stunning Palace. It is often considered “one of the most beautiful wedding halls in the world”. 

Wedding Hall- Mirabell Palace

The Pegasus fountain, the staircase and the former ballroom of the prince-archbishop prove this to be a wonderful wedding location. 

Mirabell Gardens

Another element of this place is the Mirabell Gardens. Archbishop Johann Ernst von Thun entirely redesigned these gardens in 1690. The Baroque character of the gardens is reflected in their geometric arrangement. The Mirabell gardens have several attractions within themselves. 

Stunning Mirabell Gardens

Pegasus Fountain

Pegasus Fountain

The Pegasus fountain, which was installed in 1913 is a grand fountain that is essentially a horse sculpture named Pegasus. It was created by Kaspar Gras.

Around this grand fountain and pool stand 4 figures made by Ottavio Mosto in 1690. These figures are symbols of the 4 elements- air, earth, fire and water. 

Visiting Salzburg's Mirabell Palace and Gardens - Travel Guide

The Mirabell Palace Church entrance is next to the enrage of the Palace. This church is the epitome of elegance.

Decorated in white and gold with marble stucco-covered walls, this is an attraction you must not miss. The Church was originally built in 1606. However, the 1818 fire destroyed some parts of the chapel, and it has been restored since then. 

Mirabell Church

The Hedge Theatre, also known as the Heckentheater was created in the early 18th century. It was inspired by designs from France and is one of the oldest natural theatres on the Northside of the Alps today. 

The construction of the space includes an audience area and a pit for the orchestra. The stage is semi-circular and surrounded by hedges- which is a unique characteristic of this theatre. The intimate and natural nature of the Hedge theatre makes it perfect for small performances, as well as traditional events. 

The Dwarf garden is another attraction that is interesting and backed by history. With marble structures of dwarf characters, this place will pique your curiosity. You’ll see dwarfs holding chickens, holding spades and playing games. 

The Mirabell Rose Gardens are a breathtaking sight. It is said that life is not a bed of roses, but for a moment, the rose gardens will make you feel like this saying is false. With the scent of the flowers lacing the air, you will be captured by this beauty. 

Roses at the rose garden

The Orangery, which plays the role of a palm house today was formally filled with lemon and citrus trees. Now, it also serves as another baroque garden. 

Oranges from the orangery

When talking about the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, it is only fair to talk about “The Sound of Music”. This iconic musical has several picturesque scenes that were shot here. Mirabell Palace attracts over 30000 fans every year. Walking through the palace and gardens makes you feel like you are actually in the movie. 

One of the shooting locations of the Musical

In the song “Do Re Mi”, Maria and the Von Trapp children run around the gardens while singing and dancing. The Pegasus fountain also makes an appearance. The song ends off with them standing on the musical steps, which is a popular picture spot for fans.

Visiting Salzburg's Mirabell Palace and Gardens - Travel Guide

The Hedge tunnel features another iconic scene as Maria and the Von Trapp children run through it. You can take pictures and walk through the hedge tunnel to live that experience too. 

Hedge Tunnel

The official sound of Music tour covers the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, as well as the Nonnberg Abbey and Summer Riding School, which were other filming locations for the movie. 

It is truly an unforgettable experience for fans of the musical. Standing in the same place where Julie Andrews and the children once stood gives you that sense of magic and nostalgia. 

Mirabell Palace and Gardens

Admission to the Mirabell Palace and Gardens is free and getting there is also made accessible. It is located in an urban area of Salzburg and is thus reachable by public transport. Bus routes and train routes will lead you here, and they’ve also got parking if you’re travelling by car.

If you want a complete understanding of the history, architecture and art of the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, you’ve got your fair share of guided tours that are available. From a couple of hours to complete day tours, it will certainly be an educational experience. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is entry to the Mirabell Palace and Gardens free?

Yes, admission here is free. 

What are the timings?

The Palace and Angel staircase are open from 8 A.M to 6 P.M. The Marble Hall is open from 8 A.M to 4 P.M and 1 P.M to 4 P.M on alternate weekdays. The Mirabell gardens are open from about 6 A.M to dusk. 

Was the Sound of Music filmed here?

Some scenes, including the Do Re Mi song, were filmed here. 

Can I tour the Mirabell Palace and Gardens?

Yes, you can book guided tours of the Mirabell Palace and Gardens.

The Mirabell Place and Gardens are definitely one of the most visited places in Salzburg and understandably so. With a rich history, beautiful art, includible architecture and the attraction of shooting locations of an iconic movie, there is no doubt that it is one of the most famous places in the country. 

If you’re visiting the Mirabell Palace and Gardens in Salzburg, there’s a whole lot you can do in the city in addition to this. Here is a guide to some of the best attractions you will find in Salzburg, to help you plan your trip.

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Now, I’m curious to know. Have you guys been to the Mirabell Palace and Gardens? Are you a fan of the Sound of Music? I’d love to hear about this in the comments below!

Until then, I’ll see you guys next time! Have a nice day!

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