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Address: Schlossstrasse 20 | 6020 Innsbruck, Innsbruck 6020, Austria
Phone Number: 43431525244802
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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This is really a great site but make sure you have enough time to see it all. The armories which i didn't have enough time for are exceptional or so I hear.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Mike S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is really a great site but make sure you have enough time to see it all. The armories which i didn't have enough time for are exceptional or so I hear.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great attraction, stacks to see, great history, the admission fee is €10 per person but they could easily charge more because of is location, (more to see here than the likes of Edinburgh castle which is desperately over priced) the views across Innsbruck are stunning,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'm not really big on museums but Schloss Ambras has some interesting painting on the wall. I went there on a very wet, rainy day on the Hop On/Off bus. There was a little walk from the bus stop to the entry, but once in, you stayed dry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was by far one of the most memorable castles of my Europe trip. (even more than Neuschwanstein). You have your time to walk around at whatever pace you please. There is a large collection of suits of armour, which my boyfriend loved) and a lot of history behind it. I would recommend. The castle grounds were also lovely. The... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an interesting afternoon at Schloss Ambras, which is on the route of the hop-on, hop-off tourist bus.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle is quite known for its collection of armours. Yet it has a much wider collection of artworks that are also worth visiting! Great for a rainy day or when you simply feel up to it. The only downside is that it lacks a proper restaurant, so you have to get your food outside at a food truck.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is worthwhile if you have an hour or half a day to spend it at the Ambras Castle. It is beautiful to walk around and the exhibits are really intriguing. No need to take a guide as all the exhibits have notes in English. My 12 year old daughter particularly liked the art and curiosity section, which included model... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty area. Tour is about 10Euro. Some cool armor and a lot of pictures of Hapsburgs. Kid you not, that is basically it. If you're in Innsbruck for shorter than 24 hours, there are better things to do... If in the area for longer and the weather is nice, it is a very pretty area so worth checking out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have seen a lot of museum but this one was special. The artifacts displayed were very unique. The museum itself was built in the 1700's with the intention of making it a museum. It paved the way for the concept of modern museums. A very good and interesting place with an enchanting view from the palace grounds. A must... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it was a nice palace-mouseum well organised!we were able to see many different things and we spend 4 to 5 hours. don't forget to take a walk in the amazing gardens!

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