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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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Beautiful gardens and an interesting musuem

We spent a morning walking through the beautiful gardens and interesting museum. You can reach this place via the sightseer bus you only need to walk for about 10 minutes from the... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a morning walking through the beautiful gardens and interesting museum. You can reach this place via the sightseer bus you only need to walk for about 10 minutes from the bus stop to reach this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped off here from the hop on, hop off tourist bus. The grounds and the castle itself are beautiful and well preserved and restored. Views are excellent from many places and it all gives you a good sense of what life was like in the area during this period. The collection of curiosities was amazing and fascinating. The things... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed myself very much when I visited the Schloss Ambras not only because the service staff was the most helpful despite English not being their first language, the place house one of the nicest exhibitions Interesting sights - wild peacocks roaming the gardens.. beware they may just fly onto your car. - exhibitions of curiosities, the only one that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum houses many artefacts from all over the world. It was truly interesting to familialise myself in collections of the Archdukes. If you read all descriptions, it takes a day. Come hungry for taste of history! Get the Innsbruck card to benefit from free entry and complimentary bus to/from the Castle.

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Never expect it to be such a small city centre, but a lot to see in a short while and its very colourful...

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The number of royal portraits was a bit overwhelming, and the Hapsburg lineage explanations can make a foreigner bleary-eyed, but it was fun wandering the buildings. There were some beautiful great halls with period wall and ceiling decorations. My favorite were the "curiosities" collected by the rich royals, who apparently ran out of ways to spend their money. Some may... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

Rooms and rooms full of not-so entertaining portraits of Austrian nobles, most of which even the Austrians haven't heard about.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

The first part of the castle: Chamber of Armour, Curiosities and Antiques are well worth visiting...In the main part of the castle, the glass collections and the Spanish Hall are also nice and worth seeing. But then there are 3 floors of paintings... 200 (!!) paintings of mostly fat ugly ladies, horrible and bandit looking kings, dukes and what not....... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit and easily accessible by bus. Got there by jumping onto a "Hop on-Hop off" discover Innsbruck bus. A great museum with many collections of weapons and armours of Austria's war past. I was amazed by the private collections of sculptures, glasses and painting exhibited. One can get narration /information of each exhibits by renting a playback... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This site was highly rated on Trip Advisor, so we went for it. I had read that transport was not entirely easy, but it was a beautiful day so we walked from our hotel in center city - about 40 minutes, with one quite big hill at the end leading up to the castle grounds. Not a scenic walk. by... More 

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