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Ambras Castle, Innsbruck

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At Ambras Castle, see Archduke Ferdinand II's collections of art, crafts, and curiosities. Commissioned in the 16th century by one of the most important patrons of the Habsburg family, the castle served as the archduke's residence from 1563 to 1595. In the chamber of art and curiosities, find corals arranged in cabinets, turnery made of wood and ivory, glass figurines, porcelain, and silk paintings. In two rooms of jousting armor, you can examine the suits made for the archduke. Enter the Spanish Hall, a notable example of German Renaissance architecture, and look along the wood-inlaid ceiling and walls adorned with 27 portraits of Tyrolean rulers. Compare them to the paintings of Habsburgs in the upper castle portrait gallery. Put Ambras Castle on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Innsbruck vacation route planner.
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  • Impressive medieval structure perfectly preserved. Open in most rooms you enjoy collections of arms and armor. Awesome gallery ... It can be reached from Innsbruck in ten minutes.
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  • The Schloss Ambras is the ideal place if you want to learn about the history, art, science and skill of the artisans who have made their mark with their products.
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  • The Wunderkammer (single Museum still in the original place) has to offer special treasures, even if quite a bit after Vienna was removed (such as the famous Salière here actually owned).
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  • Don't miss it and make sure you talk to the staff! The collections in the castle are amazing to look at. More importantly, the staff I've spoken with have a real wealth of knowledge on the Habsburgs and the collection itself. Very enjoyable visit.
  • Interesting collection of armor and artifacts. The castle grounds offer great views and good hiking.
  • Many peculiar artefacts. Definitely exceeds expectations.
  • This is an amazing place. The audioguide is very informative and the exhibits are well displayed. The armour collection must be unique as the pieces were collected at the time and housed in cases specially costructed for them. There are also other artefacts (musical instrments, measuring devices,coral pieces to name a few) and the most wonderful wood carvings. You certainly need 3hrs plus to view all this - and it lies in beautiful parkland gardens overlooking Innsbruck.
  • very nice place with a nice views