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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 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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The first thing we saw when we arrived was a peacock! We got a really neat picture with the bird. The artwork was amazing. They have a great collection of armor which kind of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Broadview Heights, Ohio

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Broadview Heights, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The first thing we saw when we arrived was a peacock! We got a really neat picture with the bird. The artwork was amazing. They have a great collection of armor which kind of boring but for people who like armor - they would love it. There are beautiful gardens and views that are better on a warm day.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite castles I've seen. It doesn't look like your typical European castle. It was once a fortress and contains the first indoor steam room. Be sure to look for Peacocks on the grounds, they're beautiful!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is worthy to take time (aeound 2 hours) and to visit it. Tidy and well organized. Cheap ticket price.I didn't know it. It was suggested me by a local person.it is just a few km away from the city.it will.takw you 10 minutes to reach it by car.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle itself is interesting, as are the displays within (armory, "wonder chamber" of treasures from all over the world, glass collection, etc). As we were there in the winter, could not really appreciate the gardens although we did get a lovely display by two resident male peacocks. Well worth a stop. (Free parking available on grounds.)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Schloss Ambras is a small gem close to the city entrance. The place contains one of the biggest armour's collection and contains history and wonderful amazing and strange memorabilia collected by the Habsburg family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

This easy to reach from Innsbruck town (just take the red hop-on/hop-off bus) castle is worth a visit. There is a lot to see and the famous "Wunderkammers" (strange collections of items from all over the world) are really an attraction. The castle itself is situated in beautiful gardens and it gives a nice view over town. The history of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

We went there in winter, so the gardens were not in best shape. The museum is very well maintained with some interesting paintings, among them: Dracula. There is a lovely Spanish Room and inner courtyard. But not much more to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Excellent venue - museum - castle. Worth every euro of the entrance fee. Takes a few hours to go all round, depending on how long you stop and take in the beautiful paintings, artefacts, models, history and gardens. Well worth a visit, so interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

A beautiful castle in spectacular surroundings, with wonderful displays, especially the Armory section. Very, very interesting!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

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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