Heritage of the Two “Golden Ages”

Ambras Castle ©rotraud_71/flickr

Ambras Castle ©rotraud_71/flickr

Discover the heritage of two “Golden Ages” in Austria. Starting with the first which is around 1500 and the second in the mid 1700. One by Emperor Maximilian I and the latter by Empress Maria Theresia.

Ambras Castle

The Ambras Castle or Schloss Ambras is situated in the hills above Innsbruck. A worthwhile sight because of its historical and cultural importance. It is closely connected with Archduke Ferdinand II as it has been his residence for thirty-two years. Especially if you like German Renaissance architecture and frescoes, you must check out the hall between the lower and upper part of the castles. This freestanding halls of the Renaissance called the Spanish Hall is 43 m long with 27 full-length portraits of the princely rulers of the Tyrol.

Habsburg Portrait Gallery

The Oldest part of Ambras Castle are some 300 portraits from the 15th to the 19th century. Epochs of King Albrecht II, Emperor Maximillian I, Charles V. and Ferdinand I and Franz II are all in the Upper Castle. If you like to know more about the Holy Roman Empire’s last emperor and the a contemporary of Napoleon Bonaparte, here is the best place to catch it all.

Baroque Portraits

Austria Titian ©rocor/flickr

Titian ©rocor/flickr

Based on the well-painted portraits by well-known artists, you can learn more about the European dynasties that are mostly collected here due to their dynastic relations. Works from Lucas Cranach, Titian, Diego Velázquez, Sir Antony van Dyck. Fans of Baroque portrait paintings will be pampered totally all at one place. Spanish leading portrait artist, Diego Velázquez was an individualistic artist of contemporary Baroque period, while Sir Antony van Dyck was a Flemish Baroque artist. Lucas Cranach is more a painter of the German Renaissances and Titian the 16th-century Venetian school Italian painter with his loose brushwork and subtlety of polychromatic modulations in Western art.

This one and only castle is just too amazing with a total work of art of the 16th century, in its original place is this chamber of art and curiosities.

Old Town

Walking or simply wandering with an ice cream in the medieval Old Town (Altstadt von Innsbruck) is just one way to make your trip to Austria a beautiful one. There are shopping opportunities for souvenirs for your love ones at home. If you like to just sight-see, there are churches, quaint looking guest houses, pizzerias and cafes. Last but not least, you are recommended to see the Golden Roof.






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