Whether you’re looking to relive a famous scene from The Sound of Music or immerse yourself in the beautifully groomed grounds of this Neoclassical mansion, Mirabell Palace is well worth taking time to visit on your trip to Salzburg.
In its own right, Mirabell Palace is a beautiful landmark steeped in European history. However, it is probably more famous for being used as a filming location for several scenes from the 1965 classic The Sound of Music. It is a highlight stop on the many Salzburg Sound of Music tours, which can be taken throughout the year. Fans of the film will enjoy recreating the iconic movie scenes such as the "Do-Re-Mi" steps, or parading around the Pegasus Fountain.
The palace grounds are expansive, and one can easily spend a few hours exploring and enjoying this fine example of early Baroque-style landscaping. First-time visitors should also be sure to visit the palace garden (entry is free) and wander through the carefully arranged flower beds, decorative urns and statues.
While open year-round, the gardens are best visited during the spring and summer months when the flowers are in full bloom. There are also many places to stop and sit, and the photo opportunities against the backdrop of the historic Old Town and Hohensalzburg Fortress are endless.
Inside the palace you will find the ornately decorated banquet room known as the Marble Hall. The hall, which is still used today as a concert venue, is said to have hosted performances by a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Lovers of classical music can also book to attend concerts in the Marble Hall from Tuesday through Saturday at 8.00pm.