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.
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.
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.
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.
Enter right in. Welcome to our world (Or so I imagine him saying).
Dwarf who needs a Hip Replacement
Trailing Spouse Dwarf
Mona Lisa Dwarf
Court Jester Dwarf
I have a feeling they come alive and talk to each other at night.
The fairy who visited the dwarves. 🙂