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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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Very interesting museum and beautiful grounds

We enjoyed this museum and the beautiful grounds, the art work, the great halls and the Armour collection were all facinating. Make the effort to go out and spend a few hours... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this museum and the beautiful grounds, the art work, the great halls and the Armour collection were all facinating. Make the effort to go out and spend a few hours touring this Innsbruck landmark.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Schloss Ambras is outside of the city center but it is worth the trip. You won't get to see as many beautifully decorated rooms as in the Hofburg but the highlight of the Schloss Ambras are its exhibitions. They display some arms and armours from different periods of the castel. Another room displays a lot of curious and quirky artefacts... More 

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Delhi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The Spanish hall and the collection on display are definitely worth a visit. The small town is full of history and schloss Ambras should be on your list if you are in Innsbruck!

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Belgrade, Serbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Little bit out of center this castle is included in the Innsbruck card, so admission was free. Tired of seeing hundreds of similar castles, I found it nothing much impressive, but the great Spanish Hall, which is on the first floor. After that, just walked through other floors seeing a lot of portraits, household items, fireplaces...stuff like that. Not to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The palace, armoury room, architecture is brilliant. The palace gardens are beautiful and surely asked for more time. We were on the Hop on Hop off bus, and sadly got only 1 hour as the palace closes at 5pm. But the palace deserved a lot more time...Worth a longer halt and time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Very interesting and extensive art collection, as well as armoury. Also a collection of glass. The castle is good to walk through and around. Plenty of history to absorb. 10 euros for adults and under 19s free = excellent value. Note: if arriving via the number 3 tram it is a stiff uphill walk to get to the gardens and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

If you need a rest from the bustle of the tourists crowding into old-town, take a hop-on-hop-off bus and spend an hour walking in the part of this lovely place which is not grand or spectacular by European measure but so pleasant!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We only visited the outside of the castle and garden, so no comments about castle tour or inside the castle. If you're in a hurry you can check this castle easily within 15-30 mins outside and save the money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595) son of the emperor had the medieval Ambras Castle converted into the present Renaissance castle for his wife and sons. Built to display his collection of worldwide fame into one of the oldest modern museums. The Armouries contain very rare examples of armours from the 15th century originally belonging to Emperor Maximilian. the display is amazing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Wonderful setting with the decorated castle and its grounds to explore. Superb collections of paintings (largely portraits), sculpture, armour, glass, curiosities (in the 'Kunstkammer'), and rare survivals of 'everyday', although obviously elite and courtly, objects from the Renaissance - all exceptionally well displayed and explained. I loved the incredible survival of a white napkin woven with the eagle and the... More 

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Address: Address: Schloss Strasse 20 | 6020 Innsbruck, Innsbruck 6020, Austria
Phone Number: 43431525244802
Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Austrian Alps  >  Tirol  >  Innsbruck
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