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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

The wonderful world of the Renaissance

The provincial sovereign...

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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The Schloss Ambrass is a must on your trip to Innsbruck if you like history and culture. A little out of the city, the Schloss Ambrass can be reached through the Hop on Hop off... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Schloss Ambrass is a must on your trip to Innsbruck if you like history and culture. A little out of the city, the Schloss Ambrass can be reached through the Hop on Hop off tours, your personal vehicle. Its a little difficult to reach by public transport though. The entry costs 10€ and gives you access to the entire... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is more a tour of a museum and collection of ancient artifacts, armor and weapons, than a palace. We could get a little glimpse of life at the palace, but not enough for us. Would skip it next time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here on a warm sunny day in march this year and really loved it . The huge amount of things to see in The museum are amazing . Loads of staircases and trying to get back can be a bit confusing . The Timberwork in the big doors is magnificent. also I loved the little chapel and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We parked lower down the hill and took the steep walk up through the woods to the gardens of the Castle however there is a car park on site if you prefer not to walk. We did not go inside the Castle as we were a little short on time but the gardens were delightful and the views out across... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I have been there with my family and we all have been impressed about this attraction. It was said that it is one of the first museums on earth! Full of nice pieces also there is a big nice park to do walk or have a rest. You can reach the facility easy by public transport direct from the city.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Schloss Ambras is situated a few kilometres from the centre of Innsbruck, but it's one of the attractions visited by the "Hop on Hop off" sightseeing bus so can be easily accessed. It sits on a hill surrounded by forest overlooking the city and within the castle grounds there are some delightful, well tended gardens that are worth exploring and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Great castle with a lot of paintings. The price is not that expensive, it costs 14 euro's for 2 people. There is much too see, harnesses, swords, paintings, statues and a lot more. The only downside is the presence of guards, they keep following you. Also there are a bit too many paintings, over 500 of them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

A bit east out of the city, but well worth the detour to see this well preserved castle and it's collection of arms. Concerts and other events are often scheduled here in the summer, which make for wonderful outings.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Don't go just for the gardens as we did in October. Wait to see the inside and in the spring for the garden

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Beautiful location with gardens to wander. The museum has some great items. If you are in to armor large collection but the curiosity area was my favorite. Lots of art work and unusual items. Like the panting of the person with the lance stuck trough his face and the recent model showing how some one could survive such an accident.... More 

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