Salzburg’s Mirabell Garden is the perfect place to spend an afternoon as a family. We took our 19-month-old daughter to the garden in August 2016 during our first family trip to Germany and Austria. Visiting Mirabell Garden with a toddler is a great way to give your little explorer room to roam.

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Mirabell Garden with a Toddler

Although there is a lot to see and do in Salzburg, when you’re traveling with a toddler, you’re constantly looking for places where your tiny tot can safely run around. Mirabell Garden provides that place. Our daughter can only tolerate so many historic churches, palaces, museums or other “grown up places” before she needs a break. Young children get bored easily. It’s always in your best interest to fit in some fun activities for them while traveling, too. Although there isn’t a playground, your little one will still love to run around this lovely garden. Here are a few pictures of our daughter enjoying the grounds.

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Mirabell Garden was the location for some of the most famous scenes from the classic movie The Sound of Music. One of my favorite scenes was when Maria teaches the kids the song “Do Rey Mi”. That iconic scene was filmed here. I’ve loved the movie for years, so it was nice to see some familiar sights while we were in Salzburg. Walking into the garden you might immediately recognize the grand staircase and the Pegasus fountain from the movie.

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Other areas of the garden featured in The Sound of Music include the trellises, the Grand Fountain and the Dwarf Garden.

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The garden is quite large and has various fountains, colorful flowers, and statues throughout. There is also a fair amount of green space where you can lounge or have a family picnic under the large trees.

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Any Salzburg itinerary should include a visit to Mirabell Garden, but if you’re visiting with kids, it is definitely a must see.

Parenthood and Passports - Mirabell Garden with a toddler

17 thoughts on “Mirabell Garden with a toddler”

    1. Avery loved it! I mostly wrote this post because I wanted to share a million pictures of Avery in the garden. They were some of my favorite pictures from our trip!

    1. Thanks! We wanted to recreate some of the freeze frames from the movie, but getting a toddler to do what you want is like herding cats. It’s impossible! 🙂

    1. Thanks! I absolutely loved The Sound of Music, so I was very excited to see some of the famous places from the movie while in Austria.

  1. Your daughter’s dress fits in perfectly with all the beautiful flowers there! I actually took a Sound of Music bus tour when I visited Salzburg, and this was one of the sites it took us to. The tour was a great way to see a lot of the sites in Salzburg, and I think your daughter would enjoy it too! Depending on how energetic the crowd is, there may be sing alongs on the bus and a lot of Sound of Music references!

    1. We thought about doing that tour with her, but we were kind of worried about how she would do. I think it said the tour takes about 4 hours, if I recall. I was worried about being on a bus with her that long. But we visited a lot of the sights that the tour takes you to. Salzburg (Austria, in general) is so beautiful!

  2. I always loved singing along with The Sound of Music when I was a child. I never knew any of the filming locations for any of the scenes though! I’d def love to see these gardens! I also love how you positioned pics of your fam at the gardens directly next to corresponding screenshots of the exact same spot from the film!

    1. I actually wanted to recreate certain shots, but my toddler did not appreciate my creative vision. Lol. I guess you take what you can get with little kids. 🙂

  3. Absolutely a beautiful garden. A great place to bond with the family specially with the little ones. We also love to hang around a park and gardens and our LO loves it all the time.

    1. We constantly find ourselves looking for some type of park or garden to visit while traveling. We try to find one every day to give our very energetic toddler time to play and run around.

  4. Your little girl looks like she’s cut out for a career in the movies! And the gardens are a beautiful spot to do a photo shoot. What would be the best season to visit the garden?

    1. Aw, thank you! Summer is definitely the best time, but you will also deal with the crowds. Personally, I like visiting Europe in September or October. It’s a little cooler, and their high season for tourists is over. Lines are shorter, and fewer crowds at major attractions.

  5. Your daughter will appreciate that you took her to this place for years to come. I hope when she is old enough you will let her watch The Sound of Music. I really became nostalgic going through your photos

    1. Watching The Sound of Music is an annual tradition in our household, so she will likely grow up watching it. She probably won’t remember visiting the garden, but at least she’ll have the pictures.

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