"Mirabell Gardens - Dwarf Garden" Mirabell Castle and Garden Tip by nicolaitan
Mirabell Castle and Garden, Salzburg: 150 reviews and 270 photos
The Zwergerlgarden or Dwarf Garden is the most unique and bizarre feature of Mirabell, with four foot high statues of dwarves who lived in the palace during the time of Archbishop - Prince Franz Anton Graf Harrach and created by an unknown sculptor approximately 1715. There may have been as many as 28, apparently modelled on real life subjects. Depending on the source, as few as nine originals remain. The modern day park site dates from the 1920's.
Dwarves were a part of most Baroque courts in the 17th and 18th C, kept for entertainment but also valued for their loyalty to their masters. Image 5 shows the relationship of the dwarf garden to the pegasus statue and the palace. There is no signage and this discrete segment of the gardens is easy to miss.
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