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!

Medieval walk at Schlossfest, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

Medieval walk.

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.

Everyone enjoying the show before the show, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

Everyone enjoying the show before the show.

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.

Panoramic views on the way up to Ambras Castle, Schloss Ambras

Panoramic views on the way up to Ambras Castle.

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.

high five, Schlossfest Ambras, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

“High five anyone?”

The Mayor of Innsbruck Mag.ª Christine Oppitz-Plörer opened the event with a very warm welcome.

Mag.ª Christine Oppitz-Plörer - The Mayor of Innsbruck , Schlossfest Ambras, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

Mag.ª Christine Oppitz-Plörer – The Mayor of Innsbruck.

Thousands from across Europe at Schloss Ambras, Schlossfest Ambras, Ambras Castle

Thousands from across Europe came to Schlossfest.

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.

Ensamble rosarum flores in Nikolauskapelle, Schlossfest Ambras, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

Ensamble rosarum flores in Nikolauskapelle.

Lute player, Schlossfest Ambras, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

Lute player.

We then had a wonder and checked out the views and the lovely food on offer.

A couple enjoying the views of Innsbruck, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

A couple enjoying the views of Innsbruck.

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.

The spectacular Spanischer Saal - before the audience arrived. At Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, Ambras Castle

The spectacular Spanischer Saal – before the audience arrived.

Practice before the show at Schlossfest Ambras, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

Practice before the show.

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.

Fun and games for the whole family, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

Fun and games 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.

Colourful costumes, Schlossfest Ambras, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

Colourful costumes all around.

I very much enjoyed the music of medieval times with instruments I had never seen or heard before.

Medieval music with authentic instruments, Schlossfest Ambras, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

Medieval music with authentic instruments.

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.

The crystal ball juggler, Schlossfest Ambras, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

The crystal ball juggler.

Extra leg room needed, Schlossfest Ambras, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle

Extra leg room needed.

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.