The Mirabell Gardens and Palace (“Schloss Mirabell”) are on the north side of the river and is easily reached using the Makartsteg footbridge. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the palace dates from 1606. It was built by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich Raitenau who wanted a pleasure palace for him and his mistress! It was rebuilt in the baroque style in the 1720’s, and was further altered after a fire in 1818. Inside the palace is the Marble Hall used for both concerts and weddings. It is known to be one of the best wedding venues in Europe.

The Mirabell Gardens date from 1687 and follow a geometric pattern containing mythology themed statues. There are four groups of sculptures (Aeneas, Hercules, Paris and Pluto).  Mirabell is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Salzburg and were used as locations in the film, The Sound of Music. Even today you can see fans re-enacting the DODo Re Me dance sequence on the steps and around the Pegasus Horse Fountain.

Opening Times:

Mirabell Palace and Angel Staircase 08:00 to 18:00. Marble Hall 08:00 to 16:00 (13:00 to 16:00 on Tuesday and Friday).

Gardens are open from 06:00 to dusk.

Cost:

Free

Note that as the rest of the palace houses municipal offices these are not open to the public. The Marble Hall may be closed if there is a special occasion.