The most attractive castle in Salzburg is considered the Mirabell Palace, surrounded by fabulous gardens. You will find it on the north side of the Salzach river, which divides the city in half, and only on that side of the river is the Old Town.
Myths and Facts
Originally built as a luxurious private estate, Mirabell Palace has been the property of the city since 1866. Now there is the residence of the city burgomaster.
Mirabell was built in 1606 at the request of Prince Wolf Dietrich von Reteno. As they say, the residence, which was originally named Alteno, was intended for the mistress of Prince Salome Alt. She bore him 15 children, but only 10 of them survived.
Not much has remained unchanged in Mirabelle after Reteno's death. His successor, Prince Marcus Sitticus, began by changing the name of the estate. The new name - Mirabelle - means "beautiful view." Sitticus probably had in view of the magnificent view of the nearby Alps. About 100 years after Sitticus, another prince, Archbishop Franz Anton von Harrach, decided to completely reconstruct palace Mirabel. He enlisted the help of architect Lucas von Hildebrandt. But most of the buildings were destroyed during a fire in 1818. Impeccable frescoes painted by artists Gaetano Fanta and Johann Michael Rottmayr burned in the fire. Only the Marble Hall and the marble staircase of the palace survived. After the fire, the court architect fromVeins, Peter de Nobile, gave the building its current neo-classical look. But all over the palace and in the gardens you can still find various Baroque evidence, such as the Donnerstig staircase and the Marble Hall.
What to see
The most famous landmark of Mirabel is, of course, beautiful gardens, recognized as the best example of European landscape art, not inferiorVersaillesgardens in France. In the garden conservatory you will find the Baroque Museum. An interesting feature is the dwarf garden with 28 funny figures.
Today, concerts and weddings are often held here. The marble hall of the castle is the most enviable and, perhaps, the most expensive venue for wedding ceremonies in all of Austria. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who grew up in Salzburg, once played his works here.
The marble hall of the Mirabell Palace is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.