Amid the city center of Salzburg lays a baroque jewel with cinematic and romantic claims to fame. Stroll the magnificent gardens of Mirabell Castle and – if a wedding isn’t taking place – tour “the most beautiful wedding hall in the world”.
The grounds of Mirabell castle are embroidered with colorful gardens and sculptures inspired by Greek mythology. Fans of “The Sound of Music” enjoy touring the gardens where Maria taught the Von Trapp children “Do-Re-Mi”. At the far-end of the gardens, visitors can learn about the romantic history of the stately palace at Mirabell. In 1606, Salzburg’s Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau commissioned the original palace. Built as a token of love for Salome Alt, his partner of 22 years, this castle may be regarded as the Taj Mahal of Austria.
These days, the Mirabell Palace holds a more administrative purpose as it houses the office of Salzburg’s mayor. However, visitors can still enjoy the more enchanting aspects of the grounds.
Despite undergoing some renovations over the years, the sophisticated and elegant interior design of The Marble Hall – formerly Prince Archbishop’s ballroom – remains intact. Today, the hall is used as a venue for Palace concerts as well as wedding ceremonies; it is said to be the most beautiful wedding hall for civil weddings in Middle Europe. The high-vaulted ceilings, cascading chandeliers, and gold ornamented walls create a regal setting for a civil ceremony. In the gardens, the backdrop of the fortress and historic buildings create storybook scenery for wedding photos!