Monday, December 17, 2012

Germany (Munich) Trip Part 7

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The world-famous Mirabell Gardens were built along a north-south axis and oriented towards the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Salzburger Dom cathedral. The original gardens were re-modelled according to plans by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach under the reign of Prince Archbishop Johann Ernst Thun in 1689.

Only some decades later, Franz Anton Danreiter altered them again in 1730, shaping what is now considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens of Europe. In the 19th century, the Mirabell Gardens were changed once again, several parts were destructed, such as the original Zwergerlgarten (dwarf garden), some arcades facing Mirabell square and the so-called Sala terena in the Northwest of the Mirabell Castle.

The "Grand Parterre" is the oldest part of the Mirabell Gardens that is still preserved. If you enter the parterre from the Makartplatz (where Mozart′s living house and the Doppler birthplace are), you will encounter an inner and outer balustrade that is flanked by copies of the two Borghesian fencer couples from the late 17th century. The inner couple was made by A. Götzinger, the outer one by M. B. Mandl.

The Pegasus fountain is a good starting point to run down the hedge arcade along the Grand Parterre: this is what Fräulein Maria and the Trapp children did in the movie "The Sound of Music" and remarkably popular with many visitors of the site. I haven't watched "The Sound of Music" before but apparently, it is really famous.

The flowers at the Mirabell Gardens are really pretty. Don't know why flowers in Europe are so pretty. Maybe it is the weather.

Long queue at the ladies. Need to pay for it some more.

Zi pai while waiting.

This plant/flower is really cute. 

Saw a wedding reception there. Cool!

How's my pose? Lolx~

They are real people. Haha.

Next up: Mozart's residence, birth and death place.

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