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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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 17, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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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  • June 7, 2017
    Lovely gardens and curation is well done. Easy for tourist to access and soak in history.
  • February 12, 2017
    park open to the public. the museum is divided up into the main or upper castle which features impressive rooms and another building, not so stunning
  • October 5, 2016
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    So much history with a stunning collection
  • September 10, 2016
    Very interesting museum with 3 main parts: Armories, Ambras-collections, Upper Castle including Spanish Hall.

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