I used to live in Amras, which is in the south west of the city. A 10 minute walk up the hill on the other side of the E45 motorway leads to Schloss Ambras (Ambras Castle) and its large grounds. I used to run through there, up and down the many pathways and park areas surrounding it – a beautiful place to get lost in and the perfect place for Schlossfest!
What is Schlossfest?
Schlossfest Ambras is a yearly event to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 15th August. Thousands gather at the castle to enjoy music, entertainment and food from ancient times, this year I took a look to see what it’s all about.
Fellow blogger Lea Hajner and I took the number 3 tram from the city to the 2nd to last stop: Philippine-Welser-Straße. From there, we trekked up the hill towards the castle with lovely views of the city and mountains along the way. There is also a bus (number 4135) that is more direct and without the walk.
There was a full programme that took you to many areas of the castle. When we arrived there were entertainers walking from the main entrance through the front of the castle, then on to the large grass area where the introduction and some of the programmed events were held.
The Mayor of Innsbruck Mag.ª Christine Oppitz-Plörer opened the event with a very warm welcome.
After the introduction, people moved on to the many mini events. We began with a small concert that was held inside the castle’s chapel “Nikolauskapelle”, which was charmingly intimate.
We then had a wonder and checked out the views and the lovely food on offer.
The spectacular hall “Spanischer Saal” where one of the concerts was held is just amazing with the art on the walls, the spectacular ceiling and great ambience.
Fun in the sun
In between the scheduled shows, children (and adults) could entertain themselves at the different partner stands of Schlossfest. Painting, miniature castle decorating with Swarovski Crystals and various games and toys to play with meant fun for the whole family.
The weather was fantastically hot, maybe a bit too hot. It must have been unbearable underneath the lavish costumes, not that any of them showed it.
I very much enjoyed the music of medieval times with instruments I had never seen or heard before.
There were moments where I was in amongst the entertainers in their magnificent costumes and with the castle looking over us, I thought I had stepped back in time.
Schloss Ambrass is open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm. It’s definitely worth going, even when there isn’t a event happening. For more info, check out their website.
All photos © Ashley Wiggins.