Palaces > Ansbach Residence
The Residence of Ansbach originated as a medieval complex. The large Gothic Hall with its ribbed vault, in which the largest collection of faience and porcelain from the former Ansbach Manufactory is now on display, was built in the late 16th century. The medieval complex was redesigned as a modern residence between 1705 and 1730.
The Ansbach Residence is primarily famous for its outstanding interiors, most of which were designed by the architect Leopoldo Retti and completed between 1734 and 1745. It is no accident that the furnishings are so well preserved and stylistically consistent: in 1791 the last margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach abdicated and handed over his lands to the kingdom of Prussia. The palace was now no longer the seat of the ruler and there was seldom cause to modernize the state apartments.
The main floor of the Ansbach Residence consists of three suites of rooms which were used separately for official ceremonies: the Margrave’s Apartment, the Margavine’s Apartment and the Guest Apartment. Particular highlights of the palace are the ceiling fresco by Carlo Carlone in the Festival Hall, the art gallery with works of art from the rococo period and paintings from the former margravial gallery, and the collection of Meißen porcelain in the Mirror Cabinet.
In the Court Garden opposite, which also features an orangery, is a splendid parterre with summer flowers and numerous tub plants, as well as a medicinal herb garden.
The Festival Hall (Carlonesaal) is currently being renovated and will probably not be open to the public without scaffolding until 2025. Due to the renovation of the façade, there will also be disruptions in the rooms of the margravial apartments.
We ask for your understanding.
9 am-6 pm
October-March: 10 am-4 pm
closed Mondays (except: 6 January, Easter Monday, 1 May, Whit Monday, 15 August, 3 October, 1 November)
Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31
Visit only possible with a guided tour; start of the tour every hour on the hour
Last guided tour:
April-September: 5 pm
October-March: 3 pm
Special tours on request (please call)
Bus to ‘Schlossplatz’
Short- and long-term car parks near Ansbach Residence
Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Ansbach
Fax 0981 953839-40