Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Innsbruck’s Schloss Ambras

To honor and raise the status of his wife, Philippine Welser, a woman of lower social rank, Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-95) converted the medieval castle Ambras into a lovely Renaissance palatial fortress. Overlooking Innsbruck, Schloss Ambras is truly one of Austria’s treasures. The archduke displayed his collection of curiosities and wonders in the schloss, creating one of the oldest modern museums. We found it to be one of the most interesting museums we’ve seen and we came away very impressed with the capabilities of people to create such amazingly intricate, beautiful, objects, often functioning as precision moving machines, so long ago.

Here's a glimpse into the castle's ornate Spanish Hall:

We also were enchanted by the castle grounds freshly dusted with an early morning snowfall.


  1. Hello!
    I am coming over to Vienna in June and would love to speak with you about antique shopping/flea markets and authentic places to eat. I am an interior designer and love Cote de Texas and see that you do too.
    Is there a way to email you privately?
    Thanks so much!

  2. Yes! I'm happy to share all I know...you can reach me at marthainvienna@hotmail.com; I'll look for you.