[Photo Journal] Mirabell Palace and Dwarf Garden in Salzburg

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Myra here.

We are excited to share photographs every Tuesday about our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Mirabell Palace in Salzburg

It was a few months ago when I took a day trip to Salzburg from Munich (I posted a few photos here). I realized that while I showed the rolling hills of this gorgeous city in Austria, I was not able to include photographs from Schloss Mirabell, which was part of our Sound of Music tour.

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Much of the factual information I have here, I am citing directly from  this website which is known as the Official Salzburg Travel Guide:

Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau had Altenau Palace built in 1606 as a token of his love for Salome Alt. The palace fulfilled its purpose: fifteen children were born of their union, ten of whom survived.
After Wolf Dietrich’s death, the palace was renamed “Mirabell” by his successor, Markus Sitticus von Hohenems.

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The Pegasus Fountain, a work by Kaspar Gras from Innsbruck, was installed in 1913. The four groups of statues around the fountain were sculpted by Ottavio Mosto (1690) and symbolize the 4 elements: fire, air, earth and water. The Mirabell Gardens were opened to the public by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1854. Today they are a horticultural masterpiece and popular backdrop for photographers.

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The Dwarf Garden features a number of misshapen creatures made of white Untersberg marble and dates back to the time of Archbishop Franz Anton Harrach.

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Enter right in. Welcome to our world (Or so I imagine him saying).

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Lothario Dwarf.

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Dwarf who needs a Hip Replacement

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Trailing Spouse Dwarf

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Mona Lisa Dwarf

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Hoboe Dwarf

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Homemaker Dwarf

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Court Jester Dwarf

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Poet Dwarf

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I have a feeling they come alive and talk to each other at night.

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The fairy who visited the dwarves. 🙂

  1. Great photos. Enjoyed viewing them. Would love to see Salzburg.

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    1. Equal parts creepy and cool, Erik! It’s going to be your birthday soon!!!

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      1. Almost as cool! (what can I say? – I like creepy-cool buildings more than getting older! 😉 )

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        1. i still owe you a book, dear erik! I will have to get around to doing that this December. Will catch up with your posts sooooonest!!! I miss reading your reviews!

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