Salzburg - last day of a long weekendTweet
Today, unfortunately, is our last day in Salzburg so made the short walk to the Schloss Mirabell. Sadly, the gardens on this visit were not in full bloom but the gardens remain interesting with their impressive statues representing the elements of Earth, Wind and Fire. But one of the funniest items in the garden is the so-called "Dwarf Garden." (One side of the Schloss is on a road - so walk through the courtyard, around the fountain, up the stairs and across the short bridge.)
Originally, we are told, there were 21 dwarves but only 14 remain. Each of the 14 have their own individual character and personality. Of my two personal favorites the old woodman with a hunchback and the old lady carrying a water jug.
The Church of St Sebastians (Linzergasse) is in a simple Rococco-style and the cemetary is somewhat more interesting. Amongst the more notable persons interned in the cemetary are Wolfgang Mozarts father Leopold Mozart and Constanze Weber - Wolfgang Mozarts wife - who is buried next to her second husband. Leopold Mozart was a succesful composer in his own right and did much to encourage the young Wolfgang and, in that sense, it is a wonder that his grave is relatively modest.
Quite immodestly in the centre of the cemetary stands the Mauseleom to Cardinal Wolf Dieter - one time Prince Archbishop of Salzburg. The Mauseleon tends to dominate the cemetary somewhat - especially with the walls which surround it.