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Address: Schlossstrasse 20 | 6020 Innsbruck, Innsbruck 6020, Austria
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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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Great history and visual displays

Very good display of armour, weapons and many items of interest from over the centuries, the castle is easily accessible by local bus transport from the train station. The castle... read more

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good display of armour, weapons and many items of interest from over the centuries, the castle is easily accessible by local bus transport from the train station. The castle is amazing to wander around, taking in the architecture and history of the place, well worth the visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Schloss Ambras, small palace, yet interesting. Schloss Ambras museum show all sorts of plate armours and weapons. It's a place to drop by if anyone want to learn more about it. There's also a view that can look down to Innsbruck which is really nice.

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Liss, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Take the Sight seeing bus , as the castle is slightly out of Innsbruck. Very historic castle with lots of militaria. Extensive grounds to wander around. Unfortunately no cafe.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The Schloss has an excellent display of medieval amour and weapons. Also the is a very good Arts and Artefacts display. The castle does not have much to view apart from an excellent glass collection.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

20 mins bus ride from the city Great view of the city from the castle Nice collection of armors and paintings.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

A nice historic place to visit and soak the scenery. Wonderful place to see the artifacts. Definitely worth a trip for the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Atmospheric rambling castle in extensive grounds 2-3 miles outside Innsbruck. Nice collections of armour and glass but very unusual curiosity room which captured the imagination of our 12 year old. There is no cafe however and parking is tight

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Little disapointed as the palace was closed..could only enjoy the garden.pond.just a tip the place is closed whole month of november..take the hop on bus as it is out of town...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

give yourself time for both the castle and the grounds. We took tram 3 from the train station to near the end. Go back a few steps and proceed past the cemetery and up through the tunnel under the highway - then breathe out. Bucolic gardens, duck pond, shade trees and green space and you are there. Several buildings to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

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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