Marionette Museum, Salzburg

The Fortress Hohensalzburg in Salzburg has a delightful exhibit of enchanting Marionettes in the Prince’s Cellar. As we entered the museum we were welcomed by an animated picture of Bishop Wolf Dietrich. It is a bit scary, particularly the sharp look of his eyes. This Bishop was held captive in the dungeons of this fortress from 1611 till his death in 1617. His image almost roars, “My spirit lives in these rooms.” that slows down your pace down a bit, but the sights of the various puppets inside revive your spirits.

Playing with dolls is as old as mankind! So, this section of dolls display can never fail to impress anyone, young or old. The variety of dolls here is mind blowing; some of the exhibits are a few centuries old. There is a section which allows practicing puppetry too. Manipulation by strings can be so captivating, I experienced that, here in this magical world of marionettes.

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25 Responses to “Marionette Museum, Salzburg

  • not a doll house, but a doll castle? amazing.

  • That's superb, playing with dolls.

  • So interesting and with great details on that castle.
    I have never played with dolls:-)

  • What a fascinating museum. I'd enjoy visiting that. I think you're right about the clouds reflected in my shot but a lot of the effect is caused by the wind and downpour which was churning up the water even if containers.

  • Oh, I would love to pull the strings to see the marionettes move! Fun post, Indrani!

  • I have always enjoyed watching marionettes. We have a puppeteer named Ronnie Burkett who performs with marionettes, though his shows are perhaps a bit raunchier than what you might see in this castle doll house!

  • That first face is a bit daunting! I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bishop haunted the place after all those years of being locked up. 🙂

  • What fun! I'm fascinated by Marionettes and the people who make them come alive. interesting museum!

  • Wonderful and really interesting captures .

  • I wouldn't want either of those first two, but it would be an interesting place to visit.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  • What a terrific, fascinating place and thank you for sharing so much of the history! So glad you have joined us again, Indrani, to share the wonderful worlds of your travels! Have a great week!


  • This is absolutely fabulous. The marionettes in your third photo are very lifelike.

  • Amazing dolls – and a little scary too.

  • Indrani, this is a wonderful post for Our World, tucked away in the cellar there is so much living history. Great pictures and that bishop would stop me in my tracks as well.

    Odd that on our many visits to Salzburg we never discovered this treasure. Did you have Salzburger Knockerln in the Peters Keller, the oldest restaurant in Europe?

  • Very interesting dolls!

  • That's interesting. Yes, playing with dolls is universal.

  • That's interesting. Yes, playing with dolls is universal.

  • Fascinating, Indrani! I love playing with puppets and used it at school to train the students to speak. Sitting behind a screen feels safer than to speak before an audience.

  • A fascinating place to visit, I've never tried playing with puppets on strings, but have used glove puppets. The marionettes are beautifully dressed.

  • Very interesting post!

  • The power of the human imagination amazes me.

  • Calling by from Our World Tuesday, I am delighted to be part of this community and look forward to sharing photos with you and getting to know your part of the world. What a fascinating post, thanks for sharing.

  • How cool, what a neat place to visit. Great photos, have a nice day.

  • marionettes definitely reminded me of the SOund of Music.
    a wonderful post Indrani.

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