Mirabell Palace – Salzburg
Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau had the palace built as a gift of love for his Salome Alt in 1606. After the death of his cousin, Markus Sitticus changed the name into “Mirabell”. The palace is a unique jewel. The large marble stairs, leading you into the palace, and the marble hall remained intact after the big city fire in April 1818. Details like window frames, chapiters and stucco remind of the glamour of bygone times.
The staircase of master Lukas von Hildebrandt is considered to be the greatest treasure of the Mirabell Palace. Graceful putti decorate the multifaceted marble banisters, the sculpures in the niches are masterpieces of the famous Georg Raphael Donner and belong to most beautiful creations of the European baroque. In 1690, the famous garden of the Mirabell palace was redesigned by Prince Archbishop Johann Ernst Graf von Thun according to the plans of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and in 1730, Franz Anton Danreiter drastically changed it. The Pegasus fountain, a work of Kaspar Gras from Innsbruck was installed in 1913. The four figure groups around the fountain by Ottavio Mosto (1690) symbolize the 4 elements: fire, air, earth and water.
Here you find one of the oldest hedge theatre north from the Alps and a dwarf garden from the time of Archbishop Franz Anton Prince Harrach. In 1854, Emperor Franz Joseph made the Mirabell Garden accessible to visitors andit is still a garden-architectonic treasure today. Now the Mirabell Palace houses the bureau of the mayor of Salzburg and the city administration office. The marble hall, former reception- and banquet hall of the Prince Archbishop, in which father Leopold Mozart and his children, Mozart and Nannrl, already made their appearance, is considered to be one of “the most beautiful wedding locations in the world”. It is regularly used for meetings, ceremonial honourings and atmospheric concerts (“Salzburger Schlosskonzerte”).