Ambras Castle Innsbruck


in short

Perched high above Innsbruck, Ambras Castle is one of the most important sights of the capital of the Tyrol. It houses the magnificent collections of paintings, armour and objects d'art assembled by Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595).
Schloß Ambras, Innsbruck
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Ambras Castle Innsbruck

in detail

Ambras Castle near Innsbruck was converted by Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595) to a residential palace and museum. The castle is set in the grounds of an English park and is open to visitors, as are the collections of this outstanding Habsburg patron of the arts.

Some 400 years ago, the archduke assembled in the Lower Castle extensive collections of portraits, armour, artworks, natural objects (naturalia) and marvels (mirabilia), making Ambras Castle in a sense the birthplace of the modern museum.
Ambras Castle
Ambras Castle, located above Innsbruck in Tirol, can be seen far and wide—and it is one of the provincial capital’s most important sites.

Its cultural and historical significance is inseparably linked with the personality of Archduke Ferdinand II (1529–1595), a true “Renaissance prince” who was an enthusiastic patron of the arts and sciences. He founded the Ambras collections, which became world-famous during his own lifetime, and had a specially conceived museum complex built for them—something like a prototype of the present-day museum.
The display at the Lower Castle attempts to reconstruct the Archduke’s museum: his Chamber of Art and Curiosities, the Chambers of Armour and the Antiquarium.
The Upper Castle contains the exceptional Portrait Gallery of the Habsburgs with its over 200 paintings, including ones by artists such as Lukas Cranach, Titian, Van Dyck and Velázquez.
On the ground floor of the Upper Castle is the Collection of Late Medieval Sculptures.
April to October 10,00 / 7,00 EUR; December to March: 7,00 / 5 EUR
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Visitor entrance

Ambras Castle
Schlossstraße 20
6020 Innsbruck
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Opening Times

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