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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
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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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Interesting and varied displays that will take you about 3 hours to see. Well laid out and easy to follow.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Interesting and varied displays that will take you about 3 hours to see. Well laid out and easy to follow.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We purchased a 48hr Innsbruck card for €48 which gets you into all the museums the castle, buses (including sightseer bus) and train and cable car up the mountain. Fantastic value. The sightseer bus takes you up to the castle where you can take a stroll through the gardens and the castle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a rich history of how Austria evolved into a European power. It has artefacts dating back to the beginning of events in this region and which provide insight into the powerful alliances Austrai accumulated over time. The displays are more than just art works there is everything describing the system of power, politics and warfare here. Getting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Schloss Ambras Castle presents many artifacts from the 16th century. This part of Europe seems at the time so more advanced from the rest we've visited. They had finely decorated glasses, heating system in the rooms and even a bathroom. The special exhibition about games was very interesting presenting a very rare chest game made of Amber among many other... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A must go place if you have the Innsbruck card - easily accessible by Tram and gives good information on the rulers and history of Austrian Kings

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many people don't know about this castle. But if you are coming to Innsbruck I would really suggest to make a trip to this castle. Its really beautiful. The castle is located a bit on the outskirts of Innsbruck. We took this hop on hop off bus to reach this place. It takes around 3 hrs to see the entire... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two beautiful historic buildings and lovely gardens. Great collections of paintings and weaponry on display. There are several staterooms with wall paintings of royalties. A peaceful place to relax and enjoy the country air. Recommended for all ages specially history lovers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the hills to the southeast of Innsbruck's oldtown, Ambras Castle is worth a visit. We walked the 4 km from the Hofkirche to Ambras, and enjoyed seeing more of the city of Innsbruck along the way. The Caste itself has many rooms and many art displays. The large Spanish Hall reminded us a bit of the Grand Trianon... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I saw this as part of the deal of innsbruck card. The sightseer bus drops you off at the entrance of the castle. The lawns are well manicured and green. A newly wedded couple were taking pics in front of the castle in their attire. To me this was an added attraction ;-). The castle has a huge collection of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Schloss Ambras is an amazing building (the inside is probably not as impressive as the outside) and it has a nice park. However, the wonderful little restaurant/bar they had a few years ago has been replaced by a mobile food-stall which is very disappointing and the guardian of the park will tell you off if you dare lying on the... More 

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