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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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Worth your 1/2 day trip!!!

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... read more

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This castle is packed full of interesting things to see. The armories are fascinating and the curiosities have to be seen to be believed! The gardens are also worth a stroll around if you have time. But the jewel in the crown is the zodiac ceiling - make sure you take the time to examine it in the mirror provided... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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 August 20, 2016

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 August 19, 2016

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 August 15, 2016

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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