In the times of castles rulers were proud to have exotical plants in their gardens like lemon and oranges. As winter in middle Europe are to cold for these kind of plants buildings were set up in the gardens to house them during winter time. These buildings are called Orangerie. Also in the Hofgarten of the residence in Ansbach you will find a quite large one.
It was margravine Christiane Charlotte who ordered the construction of the Orangerie to make Ansbach more beautiful. In 1726 to 1727 the building process took place. The Orangerie was used to keep various temperature sensitive plants, mainly from the type citrus.
Nowadays inside the Orangerie you will find a restaurant and two large rooms which can be rented for events and where concerts are hold.
The monument of Kaspar Hauser shows the scene when he first showed up in the streets of Nuremberg holding a note in his hands and pretending he was locked away in a tiny cell since he was baby. The other figure shows him when he became 'civilized'. Also the note that he had with him at first is part of the monument.
In the Hofgarten close to the Orangerie you can have a look at a monument commemorating the mysterius Kaspar Hauser.
On the monument you can read in latin: "On this spot an unknown was murdered by an unknown". Kaspar Hauser is one mystery in German history.
See the link below for more information about him.
The monument found in the Hofgarten close to the Orangerie is dedicated to Johann Peter Uz. He was poet and official of the margrave. He lived from 1720 to 1796.
The bronze figure was made by Carl Alexander von Heideloff in 1825.
On the base you can read the inscription saying:"To the wise, to the poet, to the friend of mankind. His admirers."
The link below leads to German wiki...
The Residence developed from a late medieval building complex. Its todays look was formed in the 18th century by Gabriel di Gabrieli and Karl Friedrich von Zocha. Leopold Retti made the interior in early rococo style.
Inside of the residence you can visit a galerie with paintings from the margraves collection aswell as an exhibition of porcelain from Meissen.
In the Hofgarten of the residence in Ansbach you will find the Herb Garden. Inside you will find an information board commemorating the doctor Leonhart Fuchs. He lived from 1501 to 1566.
Leonhart Fuchs was the personal doctor of the Margrave Georg von Brandenburg here in Ansbach from the year 1527 to 1543. As in that time medicine was mainly based on herbs and plants found in the nature, Leonhart Fuchs did extensive studies on plants and their ability to heal different illnesses. Collecting this information and putting this together into a book made him to become the 'father of botanic'.
In the year 1696 to 1697 Charles Plumier who was royal botanist of king Luis XIV discovered a plant on the western part of Hispaniola (nowadays Haiti). He named this plant after Leonhart Fuchs, you might know this plant as Fuchsia.
If you enter the park (Hofpark) belonging to the Residence Castle in Ansbach you will notice a smaller garden on theside. It is the herb garden with several different herbs that were used as medicine in the past. Small signs show you which plants are growing there. Some parts of this interesting shaped garden are also planted with grass, but have a look around.
Inside the St. Gumbertus Church you will find the largest baroque organ of Franconia. Originally it was built by Johann Christoph Wiegleb who was born on the 18th of March 1690 in Heldritt and died on the 15th of November in Steppach. After years of education and being organ constructor for the Earl of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, in 1739 Wiegleb became the organ constructor for the residence of Ansbach.
The original organ was built by him from 1736 to 1739. Unfortunately the people in power at that time did not recognize the knowhow and genius of Wiegleb and did not treat the organ as they should have done (no cleaning and reparing in time). So the organ became bad over the years. At a certain point a major reparing had to be done and the organ had to undergo a lousy repair. Only a few parts of the interior remained, but the quality and sound of the new organ was by far not as the original. The beginning of this millennium a new repair had to be done and people decided to do a reconstruction of the old organ. A company in the Netherlands (Orgelmakerij Reil in Heerde) got the order and made a reconstruction in 2004 – 2007. Now throughout the year concerts take place in the St. Gumbertus Church with the sound of the original Wiegleb Organ.
The church St. Gumbertus is named after Gumbert. He lived during the 8th century. Around 750 he founded a monastery in Ansbach. Gumbert was elected as abbot of Würzburg, but died during the election. He was declared a Saint. In the art he is shown with a crook and a model of a church.
In the church you will find art and parts of a millennium. The crypta originates from 1040, the Georgs Chapel from the 14th century, the Knights-of-the-Svan Chapel from the 16th century and the part which Margrave Carl Wilhelm Friedrich ordered to be built in 1738.
You will notice that the church is relatively neutral inside, it is a protestant church. Nevertheless it is quite representative in its size and style.
Notice the largest baroque organ in Franconia.
Check the linked page for a 'virtual' walk through the church St. Gumbertus.
There are several fountains in Ansbach with beautiful artwork.
Photo 1: Markgraf Georg Brunnen (Margrave Georg Fountain).
Photo 2: Markgraf Karl Fountain (Margrave Karl Fountain).
During wintertime the basin of the fountains are covered to protect them. So you only see the figures.