"Mirabell Gardens - The Iconic Views" Mirabell Castle and Garden Tip by nicolaitan
Mirabell Castle and Garden, Salzburg: 150 reviews and 270 photos
Mirabell Gardens is one of the most visited sites in Salzburg, both on its own merits and its role in the Sound of Music movie. A garden has existed since the early 17th C backing the Altenau Palace, originally just a kitchen garden but oriented from the first with the long axis putting the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Salzburg cathedral in the background and creating one of the most famous images of Salzburg (images 1,2). As tastes changed, the garden was renovated several times. What we see today dates from 1730, by Baroque landscape architect Franz Anton Danreiter.
The most used entrance is from Makartplatz near the pedestrian bridge. Two large semicircular balustrades are centered on the famous fencers created by master sculptor Andreas Gotzinger dating from the late 1600's (image 3). The balustrades feature 16 statues of Roman gods from the same time period ( pictures lost when camera 2 was stolen in Vienna ), very impressive. Note how the fortress is framed by the fencers - in real life the entire entranceway encloses the fortress and cathedral in the background.
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