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. Using our world travel planner, Innsbruck attractions like Ambras Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beautiful castle is worth the visit tale gardens and stunning views of the city were in August and there was many people. A must visit.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Beautiful find! The grounds are stunning with great views of the mountains and city. Layout of museum is easy to follow. Something to keep you busy for an hour or two, great for quick stops through Innsbruck. Find the peacock, its beautiful!
  • Beautiful grounds and an interesting castle! Was great in autumn, nice for a walk. We also had a good look around the castle (included with our Innsbruck Card), which had some interesting history and many paintings.
  • Castle is closed in November. Thought, territory is nice and still opened, but! there is no toilet opened on the whole territory and it's premises.
  • Exhibition is very interesting, but I think they can show more of the castle itself, like how rooms looked for example.
  • Ambras Castle offers a nice view of the city of Innsbruck but the castle isn't that special on its own. The gardens are small but beautiful with lavish peacocks hanging about and it's worth the walk up there

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The Alpine gem of Austria, Innsbruck offers a surprising amount of reasonably priced accommodations for its size. Look for hostels and hotels in the medieval center. Another option is to stay above the city on the Hungerburg Plateau, where you’ll find Alpine hotels with panoramic views from each room. If you're traveling on a budget, look for lodging in private homes throughout the city: rent a room or the entire house for a local stay.
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