Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mirabel Gardens in Salzburg


         The city of Salzburg ("City of Salt") is located on the banks of the Salzach River, at the northern foot of the Alps in western Austria. I was traveling by a train that sped along the slopes of the Alps. Wonderful landscapes opened from the window. I started taking pictures right through the window glass of the train, here are some alpine views on the way to Salzburg. Mountain landscape in the south contrasts with plains in the north.

 
 
 


















Arriving in the city, I decided to see the famous Mirabel Garden, a sample of Baroque style park. The Mirabel Garden is one of the most visited attractions in Salzburg. Despite the fact that it is located away from other famous places of the city, on the other bank of the river Salzach, its very popular.


I will briefly tell you the history of the Mirabel Palace and Garden.
Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau built a small mansion for Salome Alt in 1606. But after a few years von Raitenau was imprisoned in the fortress Hohensalzburg. In 1612 the mansion was rebuilt and named Mirabel Palace. The Mirabel Garden was designed later, in the 20s of the XVIII century in the Baroque style. In 1818 great fire was in Salzburg and the Palace burned down.


 
 

















Now restored Palace has a clean look. The Mirabel Garden is a typical example of the Baroque style garden. Terraces, flower beds, a rose garden, marble statues and fountains make it very bright and lush. Especially park is beautiful in the summer. When I arrived, there were many visitors, even on a weekday


In the center of the park is situated a fountain, surrounded by sculptures. They depict scenes from the myths of ancient Greece. The baroque Mirabel Gardens were used as a movie location for “The Sound of Music”.
Stunning views open from the park to the fortress Hoenzalburg (in which the first owner of the Palace and Garden was imprisoned). 


The Old Town is located on the left bank of the Salzach river, there the towers and numerous Baroque churches rise. Talking about Salzburg, I can not recall the famous Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He was born on January 26, 1756 in the Old town of Salzburg. Later the Mozart family moved to the right bank of the city. I think the young Mozart was inspired by the beauty of nature, the Gardens and the Alps to create his gorgeous music.






 

46 comments:

  1. Salzburg looks like an absolutely breathtaking place. I love all the photos. It looks autumn-ish there temperature-wise? No?

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    1. Yes, it does! The day was warm, not hot. Thank you, Keith!

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  2. Hi Nadezda
    I have been to Mirabel Gardens twice and both times have enjoyed the great beauty there as well as the fantastic view. Your photos capture all of this - thanks! Very pretty.

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    1. I'm glad my photos reminded you this Garden! I liked too, I noticed all curved beds were created from Вegonia semperflorens (everblooming), the colors are composed ideally. Thank you, Astrid!

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  3. What an interesting visit you had, and it looks like it was a beautiful day. The Baroque style was meant to impress and show off, and it certainly does with all that color and formal design. Beautiful!

    I saw the Alps in 2008 when we took a train from Zurich to Lake Como in Italy, and your train ride pictures remind me of how amazing my trip through the Alps was!!

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    1. I was traveling from Munich to Vienna, stopping in Salzburg.It was my first trip through Alps and the views were wonderful, I agree, Laurrie! Happy birthday to you, dear!

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  4. Great pictures you show from Austria. Fun to see pictures from the movie sound of music has been recorded. Wish you a nice day :) Hugs Hanne Bente

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  5. Saltzburg, how I would love to go there now. It looks stunning Nadezda and your photos are wonderful. Thanks for showing us around this great city.
    Patricia x

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    1. Patricia, I wanted very much to visit the Mozart motherland, I love his music. And I had a pleasure to see the city and the Gardens. Thank you!

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  6. Hay que ir a verlo...Las fotos "dicen" que merece la pena ir allí:))
    Precioso y completo reportaje. Imagino lo que habrás disfrutado viendo esos jardines!!
    Un beso.

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    1. Hay que ver este Jardin Mirabel y la ciudad donde Mozart nacio, tienes razon, Laura! Gracias!

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  7. It is interesting what you say about a 'clean look,' because that is exactly what I thought when I started looking at the pics. It is very pretty, and has some beautiful plants. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed it very much.

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    1. Yes, Tracey, all has 'clean look'!
      I'm glad you said this, because I just try to express my thoughts in a foreign language for me, English.
      Thank you!

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  8. You have brought back some fond memories for me, Nadezda. I spent a few months during college studying in southern Germany, not far from Salzburg. That was more than 40 years ago, but I am pretty sure that I visited Mirabel while on a weekend visit to Salzburg. I know I didn't appreciate the gardens then as much as I do now, so thank you for sharing this lovely place with us. I do remember thinking that Austria was a beautiful country!

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    1. Glad you remembered your youth in Austria. When I'd seen the beautiful landscapes from the train window, I thought how wonderful it would be to live in these mountains.
      Thank you, Rose!

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  9. I have never had to pleasure of visiting a formal garden of this magnitude. It was wonderful to visit through your lovely photographs.

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    1. I'm glad you liked this tour to Baroque style Garden, Jennifer!

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  10. Beautiful pictures of Austria and of the formal garden in Salzburg. Never been in the Mirabel garden, while I visited Salzburg before.

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  11. What a wonderful trip you are having. I love all the beautiful roses in this garden.

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  12. Beautiful countryside and the Mirabel Gardens are stunning! Thank you! Poor Mozart died far too soon.

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    1. Oh, poor Mozart, but he gifted us wonderful music.
      Thank you, Peter!

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  13. Beautiful!!! I think I've seen this garden in magazines, but your photos are much better! What a gorgeous garden. I can only imagine how beautiful it must have been to see in person. I love the combination of the formal style with the creative plantings and bright colors.

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    1. You are right, Holley! It's beautiful to see in person, I tried to show its beauty through my camera.
      Thank you!

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    2. Dear Nadezda,what a lovely trip you had!!Salzburg is a very beautiful city!!
      And the gardens are so preety!!Amazing plants and flowers!!
      Exellent pictures and shots!!
      I realy enjoyed your post!!
      Have a nice day!!
      Dimi...

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    3. Dimi,Glad you liked this trip!

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  14. Lovely pictures! I visited Salzburg a few years ago and I agree it is a very beautiful city.

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  15. I've always wanted to go there... thanks for taking me, Nadezda.

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  16. Welcome Nadezda!
    Today I came back from vacation.
    I come to you and here the interesting post.
    Salzburg. I love this beautiful city. Mirabel Gardens are captivatingly beautiful.
    I've missed you. I missed you.
    I send kisses and good night ..
    Lucia

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    1. Lucia, I hope you had a nice time and relaxed well. I'm glad you are back to blogging!
      Thank you!

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  17. I'm so excited to see your post! I've never been to Salzburg, but thank you for taking me to Mirabel Gardens:) It's very enjoyable to see your great photos with your kind explanation. I like "The Sound of Music" so, would love to visit here, someday!

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    1. Keity, I like this movie as well and walking in the Gardens recalled the scenes and actors and music!
      Thank you!

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  18. This was a very nice visit to Austria. I love the country scenes you photographed from the train. The Mirabel Gardens are a place I would love to visit. Thank you for describing it all so well and for your wonderful photographs. I like the way the flower beds are in shapes in the lawn and the amazing statues and the roses are so beautiful. Love the delicate pink ones. I think Mozart must have been inspired by such beauty. Thank you for sharing these wonderful gardens.

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    1. You are welcome, Betty! I'm glad you liked my photos, thank you!

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  19. Sooooooo beautiful, Nadezda! I hope to be able to visit Austria and Alps some day. Happy Sunday!

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  20. Que tengas una buena semana:))

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous Nadezda! The flowers, the buildings, the statues, the mountains as a background, the scenery,.... Wonderful!
    Marian

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  22. What a beautiful place! I've never been to Austria and would love to go. All the gardens look so neat and tidy. :o)

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    1. Tammy, sure you would visit this Gardens. Thank you!

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