eopold II. Grand Duke of Tuscany
born on October 3, 1797 in Florence, Italy
died on 29 January 1870 in Rome, Italy
Reference to the Goldener Adler
He visited the Goldener Adler in August 1819 with his wife Anna of Saxon and his father Ferdinand III.
Leopold II. was born in a palazzo and spent his twilight years in a castle. He would certainly not have said no to our today’s excursion.
We take you 30 kilometres away from Innsbruck to Stans near Schwaz where Tratzberg Castle is located. It originally served as a border fortress against Bavaria and as a hunting lodge for Emperor Maximilian I.
Over the decades, the castle was rebuilt after a fire and shaped by the different epochs, especially by the spirit of the Renaissance.
Since 1847 it has been privately owned by the Counts Enzenberg until today and has been transformed into a museum.
Especially recommended with children, a ride on the slow train and a newly designed playground, as well as interesting, guided tours, more information:
Life and facts
He was born in Florence in the Palazzo Pitti, the second son of Grand Duke Ferdinand III. and his wife Luisa Maria of Naples.
Leopold accompanied his father as a two-year-old into exile to Vienna, Salzburg and Würzburg and returned to Tuscany at the age of 17 after the fall of Napoleon.
His father’s early death made him Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1824.
After his first wife, to whom he had been married since 1817, died, Leopold married a second time, Princess Maria Antonia of Naples-Sicily.
With her he had a total of ten children, six of whom reached adulthood.
The revolutions of 1847/48 prompted him to issue a new constitution, which did not satisfy the population, as they wanted to eliminate Austrian rule.
He then left the country and moved to Schlackenwerth Castle near Carlsbad, where he also became mayor. Under him, the town was beautified and renewed in many places, and a museum that had been closed due to dilapidation was reopened.
After the political situation in Italy had calmed down, he went on a trip to Rome with his wife, where he died in the night of January 29, 1870.
His body was later transferred to the “Tuscany Crypt” of the Capuchin Crypt in Vienna.
data.cfm (innsbruck.gv.at) – Chronik von Innsbruck, zusammengestellt von Carl Unterkircher, Scriptor an der k.k. Universitäts-Bibliothek in Innsbruck. Druck und Verlag der Vereinsbuchhandlung. 1897. UB Innsbruck Separatabdruck der „Neuen Tiroler Stimmen“ 1892–1896.
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