Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras Innsbruck) Tours
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Perched in the foothills of the Alps just south of Innsbruck, the 16th-century Ambras Palace (Schloss Ambras) was the onetime residence of Archduke Ferdinand II. Today, the striking Renaissance palace and impeccably manicured gardens play host to one of Innsbruck’s most impressive museums and portrait galleries.
Visitors to Ambras Palace can admire the magnificent Spanish Hall, with its floor-to-ceiling frescoes; peek into the bathing chambers of Philippine Welser; see the archduke’s Chamber of Art and Curiosities; and explore the armories of the Lower Castle, which include a vast collection of armor and rare weaponry. Another highlight is the Hapsburg Portrait Gallery housed in the Upper Castle, which features some 300 paintings spanning 400 years of Hapsburg history, including works by Titian, van Dyck, and Cranach the Elder.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Ambras Palace is a must for history lovers; plan at least two hours to explore the castle and exhibitions.
- There is an admission fee for the museum; entrance is included with the Innsbruck Card.
- Audio guides are available in multiple languages including English.
- The grounds have a bistro-restaurant, courtyard café (summer only), and gift shop.
- Many parts of the palace are wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
Ambras Palace is located around 2 miles (3 kilometers) east of Innsbruck Old Town, about a 10-minute drive. Hop-on hop-off buses (included with the Innsbruck Card) stop right outside, or you can catch bus 4134 from Innsbruck train station.
When to Get There
The palace is open daily from midmorning to late afternoon. Note that the Hapsburg Portrait Gallery is only open from April to October, and the entire complex is closed during the month of November.
Hapsburg Sites in Innsbruck
The Hapsburg dynasty was one of the most important in European history, and the Austrian royals owned a number of properties in and around Innsbruck. Alongside Ambras Palace, other notable sites include the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the former home of Emperor Francis I and Empress Maria Theresa; the Court Church (Hofkirche), which houses the elaborate cenotaph of Emperor Maximilian I; and the Golden Roof, a glittering landmark erected by Emperor Maximilian I in 1500.
Address: Schloßstraße 20, Innsbruck 6020, Austria
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Innsbruck
The first portion of the experience...
, Sep 2015
The first portion of the experience is good because it has centuries-old armories and the famous Spanish Hall. The castle itself is beautiful, but I expected it to be furnished so we could see what it looked like at that time. Instead we found floor after floor after floor of paintings. That part didn't quite meet our expectation.
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Admire beautiful renaissance architecture in one of Innsbruck’s top attractions with this Ambras Castle entrance ticket. Head into the hills above Innsbruck and, with your entrance ticket in hand, enter Ambras Castle to begin exploring at your leisure. Marvel at ancient jousting armor from centuries passed in the armory cabinets, and discover curious 16th-century artifacts from Austria’s colorful history in the Chamber of Art and Curiosities. Head through the beautiful Spanish Hall — widely considered the most impressive renaissance halls in the world — and see beautiful portraits in the Habsburg Gallery.
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