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Address: Schloss Strasse 20 | 6020 Innsbruck, Innsbruck 6020, Austria
Phone Number: 43431525244802
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The wonderful world of the Renaissance The provincial sovereign of Tyrol...
The wonderful world of the Renaissance The provincial sovereign of Tyrol, Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-95), son of Emperor Ferdinand l, ordered that the mediaeval fortress at Ambras be turned into a Renaissance castle for his wife Philippine Welser. He also commissioned the building of a separately designed museum complex to house his world-famous collections. Constructed according to the most advanced ideas of its time, it is an eminent precursor of our modern-day museums and has been preserved at its original site to this day. The armouries comprise rare examples of 15th century jousting armour from the collections of Emperor Maximilian I, suits of armour of famous 16th century commanders, the Archduke’s private armour, the armour of the court of Innsbruck, and weapons from the Thirty Years’ War. In the Chamber of Arts and Curiosities this important patron of the Habsburg family collected all manner of exhibits both precious and curious, rare and singular. Nature and art were grouped together in one room, in keeping with the programme of encyclopaedic collections of the Renaissance. The Spanish Hall is one of the most important freestanding halls of the Renaissance. Ferdinand’s residential quarters were located in the Upper Castle. Today the following permanent exhibitions are open to visitors: The History of Castle Ambras; The Post Is Here! Postmaster Portraits of the Taxis-Bordogna Family; and the Strasser Glass Collection. The Collection of Gothic Sculpture and the Habsburg Portrait Gallery are also open during the summer season. The paintings include works by famous painters such as Hans Burgkmair, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Peter Paul Rubens, and others.
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Stop off here for some great views and a beautiful castle.

Schloss Ambras sits above Innsbruck like a watchman. You can explore the beautiful castle gardens and take a look around the historical rooms.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Innsbruck, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Schloss Ambras sits above Innsbruck like a watchman. You can explore the beautiful castle gardens and take a look around the historical rooms.

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Appling, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Well worth seeing, so much of interest. There is sort of a Believe It Or Not aura to many of the displays, but overall very satisfying to see. Innsbruck's fine bus system makes it very easy to access the castle, always a plus. There is a portrait of all of the Roman Emperors, which is most interesting to examine. The... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Loved this castle and all the grounds. Took our time walking through the castle and enjoyed every minute. Wanted to walk around the grounds but unfortunately time wouldn't allow it.

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Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Every year on 15th august, they are organising a wonderful, Family friendly party outdoor in the castle. PLUS free of charge entry both garden and castle free of charge public transportation free of charge fresh water served in the kiosk events, concerts from 2 to 6PM MINUS few kiosk with food, better take from home and have a good picnic... More 

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Innsbruck, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The whole area, castle, museum and park, is very nice. Living close by i like to walk around the park, visit the small lake and feed the ducks and swans. As a building i like the "spanish Hall" which can be visited free of charge. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

There are two main buildings at the schloss - the upper and lower house - and the upper house contains the stunning Spanish Hall with its intricate and elaborately carved wood ceiling and the portraits of Tyrolean nobles which adorn the walls. The lower house has some wonderful collections of armour and furniture made from wood and alabaster as well... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The castle and it's grounds are quite extensive. We spent a whole afternoon here but did not cover everything. You could bring a picnic and easily spend the day. Entry to the gardens is free and there is a small lake with ducks. The castle is reasonably priced and consists of 2 buildings one housing armour and a lot of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Pretty big castle,where you can go without guide and see many interesting staff mainly from 16 and 17th centuries. Ps: outside was 36C but inside was around 20C 😄 big old stone walls were lovely

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Sosnowiec, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Best museum I every visited. Great collection - most of it master-crafted every day items, and portraits, but they do make an impression. Parking is horrible, and too small for the castle - you can go around this problem by driving on the other side of the motorway (which I was forced to do) but there are no signs leading... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

One could spend more than half a day here - though one could tire of the countless Hapsburg portraits. The buildings themselves and the gardens are well worth visiting for their architectural merit, and some of the exhibits merit longer spent on them than the time we had available. Well worth the admission for the room filled with curiosities alone!

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