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Schloss Ambras

Schlossstrasse 20 | 6020 Innsbruck, Innsbruck 6020, Austria
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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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Schlossstrasse 20 | 6020 Innsbruck, Innsbruck 6020, Austria
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing collection of portraits to rival any major big city museum. Also a fabulous collection of very high quality curio pieces. Entry is a steal at £10. The Spanish hall is mind blowing. Highlight of the trip.

Thank Mel414
Reviewed 3 days ago

This royal castle on the edge of Innsbruck has plenty to offer; state rooms, a huge park, fabulous exhibition of glass and paintings, and great goulasch soup in the café

Thank BritabroadSouthwell
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to see this castle after we had visited famous Bavarian castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. We immediately noticed the difference regarding the crowds. Bavarian castles are just swamped with tourists while there were almost no people in Ambras castle (OK, it was Monday...). And...More

Thank Bruno_Croatia
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to visit the castle at the time of the special exhibit on Archduke Ferdinand II. What a treat! Easy access from downtown Innsbruck (several buses). Four floors of history, well presented. Only set-back: access for handicapped people may be difficult.

Thank kkkk512
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice location and also a good visit to the arts and curiosities section. There is a detailed gallery of the family which is for hc fans.

Thank Harry833
Reviewed 11 July 2017

THis is a wounderful castle to visit and bigger than you think. It will take you more than a few hours to get around and with the gardens could take over half a day.

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Well preserved and quite interesting for all generations. Nice buildings and interesting history :-)

Thank Kvalitetsreise
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Must visit while in Innsbruck. You can drive up here, or hike up from the last stop on the 3 tram line. It's about 20 minutes, and quite the incline. The views on the way up, and once you reach the top are well worth...More

Thank Kristen B
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Lovely photographic castle, interesting artifacts. Lots and lots of family portraits which get a bit boring after a while, though we did chuckle at the family trait of a fat bottom lip! Beautiful gardens.

Thank debster1012015
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Visited during free time from a RIVIERA TRAVEL escorted tour. Castle lies fifty yards downhill from the hop-on-hop-on bus (Ambras stop). It's a wedding venue, an armoury museum but above all, it's a collection of Hapsburg and von Thurn and Taxis portraits plus family trees....More

Thank juliant919
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Response from amitmegahit | Reviewed this property |
yes it is
29 August 2015|
Response from Maria G | Property representative |
The Admission fee to Ambras Castle Innsbruck is € 10,00 (from April until October) and in winter (from December until March) € 7,00. Children and teens under 19 years are free. Enjoy your visit!
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24 August 2015|
Response from Maria G | Property representative |
You can reach Ambras Castle Innsbruck easily by public transport: trams 3 and 6, bus route C, “the Sightseer” shuttle bus, Postbus 4134. Stop "Schloss Ambras".
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