There is still no let up in the bad weather so we need to find some indoor activity. We decided to visit Schloss Tratzberg just a few kilometres along the Inn Valley towards Innsbruck.
We caught the local bus from Pertisau to Jenbach and then intended to catch the ‘Historic Bus’ to the castle.
Unfortunately the ‘Historic Bus’ was not operating today. I think its a bit like ‘Classic cars’ back home. They don’t go our in the rain. We caught the normal bus and 15 minutes later we were dropped off close to the entrance to the castle grounds. However, there was a one kilometre uphill walk to the gates of the castle. We opted to ride on the little train. At 3 euro return it was well worth it.
The entrance fee to the castle was a reasonably priced 13 euro and this included an audio guide. Photography was not allowed inside the castle and I had to be content with a couple of shots of the courtyard and the Southern Arcade.
Built in 1500,Tratzberg Castle is one of Austria’s architectural jewels. In overlooks the Inn Valley and was used by Emperor Maximillian I and the Fugger family as a hunting retreat. It has been owned by the Enzenberg family since 1848 and has been beautifully furnished and renovated in the Renaissance style.
The audio guide was one of the best I had ever heard. Actors take on the characters of people who used to live in the castle. Visitors become acquainted with Emperor Maximillian I and Jacob Fugger. His wife Anna Fugger offers insights into her bedchamber and Count Franz Enzenberg talks about how he restored and rebuilt Tratzberg. It really made it all come to life.
There were some magnificent ornate ceilings in the Queens Room and the Fugger parlour constructed of huge beams with intricate carvings and veneers. The centrepiece was the Hapsburg Hall where a wall painting that goes all round the room depicts the family tree of the House of Hapsburg. This is a work of both historic and artistic significance. Details of the clothes, hair,beards and headdress give an insight into the fashions at the end of the 15th century.
The final room is the armoury where the commentary seems to come from the mouth of one of the knights dressed in his suit of armour – magnificent.
If you are ever in the area it is well worth a visit.
Back in Jenbach we waited for the old train and enjoyed the journey as the train puffed its way up the steep incline towards Seespitz.