Tulip blooming in the Mirabell garden
Mirabell garden, with its stunning views of the fortress Hohensalzburg and the domes of the Cathedral, can rightfully be considered the triumphal gateway to Salzburg. Everyone who begins his acquaintance with the city from here understands that he has come to the once-rich capital of an independent state – the Principality of Salzburg.
The first garden at the Altenau Palace (last name) was laid out in 1600. A century later, the Mirabell garden was rebuilt as we see it today: with marble sculptures, vases, and fences. Thanks to the preserved engravings of the 18th century, it was possible to maintain the original appearance of the park with flower patterns, alleys, and fountains.
One hundred thousand flowers adorn the Mirabel garden throughout the year. Even in winter, violets continue to bloom here. The garden season begins in March when thaws come, and fences installed in autumn are removed from the park. At this time, gardeners finish pruning the branches of lime trees and plant violets, if not all survived the winter. The most colorful time comes in the second half of April, when daffodils, forget-me-nots, wisteria, and tulips bloom.
The set of flowers and varieties of tulips change from year to year. Such varieties as Rembrandt, Curly Sue, Monte Carlo, White Prince, Foxtrot, Zurel, Green Wave (parrot tulip), and others bloom here. Maybe, Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg do not compete with Dutch flower beds in terms of scale and number of species, but there is its charm here that cannot be expressed in words. This must be seen!