Palaces and Fortress in Austria

Mirabell Palace ©Tjflex2/flickr

Mirabell Palace ©Tjflex2/flickr

Some of the must see in Austria includes the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg Residence, the New Residence and Carillon, the Hellbrunn Palace, Trick Fountains, Klessheim Palace, Leopoldskron Palace and the Mirabell Palace & Gardens. Dated back to 1606, this palace has alot to do with the Prince Archbishop named Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau. As a token of love, he built the Altenau Palace for Salome Alt. They had together almost ten children. However, after Wolf Dietrich passed away, his successor renamed it. It is what is now known as Mirabell. Then it was redesigned by a baroque architect in 1721. Lukas von Hildebrandt had integrated it to become a complex. Unfortunately the 1818 fire in April had it destroyed not even sparing the frescoes. What was left is the grand marble staircase. Peter de Nobile contributed greatly to the current design that you can see today, from the edging of the windows to the stuccowork. Watch carefully at the staircase, the cherubs and even the marble balustrade. Georg Raphael Donner’s sculptures are really great art of the finest.

Mirabell Gardens

This is a world famous Barque garden of Europe and it is specially oriented towards the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Salzburger Dom Cathedral. Hohensalzburg Fortress is also literally the High Salzburg Fortress. It is a castle atop the Festungsberg mountain and holds the position of being the largest medieval castles in Europe. As for the Salzburger Dom Cathedral, it is a baroque cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Salzburg dedicated to Saint Rupert of Salzburg. The work is made by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach in 1689. It was altered in 1730 and in the 19th century. The dwarf garden or Zwergerlgarten as well as the Sala terena were destructed.

Grand and Small Parterre

Small Parterre ©dkplewis/flickr

Small Parterre ©dkplewis/flickr

This is like a synonym to the Sound of Music when you said the song ”Do Re Mi”. The oldest part of the Mirabell Gardens has been preserved til today. Here you can also see Mozart’s living house as you enter from the Makartplatz. The Doppler birthplace is next to Tanzmeisterhaus, today it hosts a Doppler research and memorial society. The late 17th century Borghesian fencer couples are icons to that area despite they are just copies. At the back of the Mirabell Castle, you can see a Pegasus statue made of copper. Running from the fountain next to it is where Fraulein Maria and the Trapp children made the most popular scene in the movie ”The Sound of Music”.

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