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[Photo Journal] Mirabell Palace and Dwarf Garden in Salzburg


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.


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).


Lothario Dwarf.


Dwarf who needs a Hip Replacement


Trailing Spouse Dwarf


Mona Lisa Dwarf


Hoboe Dwarf


Homemaker Dwarf


Court Jester Dwarf


Poet Dwarf


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


The fairy who visited the dwarves. 🙂

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

5 comments on “[Photo Journal] Mirabell Palace and Dwarf Garden in Salzburg

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

    Liked by 1 person

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