Mirabell Palace & Gardens

Mirabell Palace
Salzburg, Austria
Back of the Palace

If you’re looking for a peaceful activity while visiting Austria then look no further than Mirabell Palace. Nestled in the heart of Salzburg, this beautiful palace & gardens is a must-see if visiting the city and is free to visit!

History

Mirabell Palace was built in 1606 by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich Raitenau for his mistress Salome Alt. Suffering from gout and a stroke, Wolf built this palace in order to evade the busy streets of Salzburg, while still getting to be with his mistress. The gardens later added in 1687, were made accessible to the public by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.

Today the Palace is used for political reasons and houses the mayor of Salzburg and the municipal council.

View of the Gardens

Marble Hall

Marble Hall is the only room inside the palace that is open to the public. Previously a former banquet hall of prince-archbishops, today it’s regarded as “one of the most beautiful wedding halls in the world”. Opening times and hours can vary depending on the day of week/time of year, so click here for the most up to date information on opening hours.

Photo via Salzburg.info

Sound of Music

Did you know that they filmed the Sound of Music in Mirabell Gardens? The scene where they sing the song “Do Re Mi” while running around the gardens was actually filmed at Mirabell Palace.

Majority of Austrians have never seen the movie, let alone heard of it, so skip asking the locals about it, unless they usually work with tourists.

Sit, Relax & Take in the View

While tour groups do provide guided tours around the gardens, it’s almost more enjoyable to go on your own. There is a little section on the side of the Palace that features benches in a quiet rose garden. I think we spent a good hour here just sitting in the shade and taking in the smell of all those rose bushes. Definitely a much needed break from traveling around.

Vine Tunnel:

This beautiful tunnel is located along the gardens and is a great way to get some shade while in the gardens. Depending on the time of year, this tunnel will be covered in thick green leaves and just adds to the overall tranquility of the gardens. Try to go between Spring and Fall in order to see this tunnel at its peak coloring.

Today it is one of the most visited attractions in Salzburg and extremely popular as a site for weddings. In our hour or so we spent there we saw four different bridal parties taking pictures throughout the gardens!

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