Ambras Castle is a Renaissance castle and palace that was built by Archduke Ferdinand II in 16th century. Ferdinand is one of the famous collectors of art in history. The castle is located at the hills above Inssbruck, Austria and with area of 587 meters (1,926 ft) above sea level. Nowadays it becomes the oldest museum in the world for an invaluable collection of art and artifacts from that era. Things to do at this castle you should see the most important showpiece of the late-medieval works: the Georg Altar of the Emperor Maximilian I. The castle is displays reconstruction of the Archduke's Gallery of Arts and the Gallery of Wonders (Wunderkammer), the armory and the Hall of Antiquities. In the Lower Castle you will see some armouries that includes masterpieces of the European armourer's art from the time of Emperor Maximilian I to Emperor Leopold. Above the Lower Castle is known as Spanish Hall (Spanische Saal) it features with German Renaissance architecture with an intricate wood-inlay celling and you will see the 27 full-length portraits of the rulers of Tyrol on the walls. See the paintings of numerous members of the House of Habsburg at the Upper Castle. Approximately 200 pieces by famous old masters are on display includes Titian, Lukas Cranach and Diego Velásquez. If you visit Austria the thing to do you should visit Ambras Castle because it is one of the most beautiful sights of Tyrolean state capital. You can get the ticket half an hour before closing time. The castle is open daily start from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and closed during November.
Ambras Castle Tours
Chamber of Art and Curiosities
The Chamber of Art and Curiosities is the only one which still display in its original place. Ferdinand II was interested in promoting the arts and sciences. In this place the things to do you should see the precious objects, scientific items or toys. It contains the natural and artistic objects represent the program of the late Renaissance encyclopedic collections. You will see the corals arranged in cabinets-boxes, turnery made of wood or ivory, glass figures, or porcelain and silk paintings which belong to the oldest European collections of Asian art. Here also displays unique work of e European artist such as the craved “little death” made of by Hans Leinberger, goblets made of rhinoceros horn, coconut or rock crystal, animals made of bronze and many more gorgeous collections.
In armouries you can find the rare collection of armour from the 15th century which originally collections of Emperor Maximilian I and Archduke Sigismund. Here you can see the armour for tournaments like German joust or the German course and the armour of the court's giant Bartlmä Bon, who took part in the tournament in Vienna in 1560. They display the famous commanders of 16th century, the archduke's private armour and the armour of the court of Inssburck.
This is the oldest part of Ambras Castle that contains Hasbsburg Portrait Gallery. You will see approximately 300 portraits from 15th to 19th century, included King Albrecht II Emperor Maximilian I, Charles V, Ferdinand I, the last emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Frans II, a contemporary of Napoleon Bonaparte and many more. Those portraits were created by famous artist such as Lucas Cranach the Elder, Antonis Mor, Titian, Anthony van Dyck and Diego Velázquez. See precious glassware from the Renaissance and Baroque periods in the Strasser Collection of Glass.
How to Get Tickets?
To get the tickets of Ambras Castle you can get it at the ticket office at the castle and you can book the tickets on website or by calling. Tickets is available until half an hour before closing time. For more information about the ticket price you can visit the website.
How To Get Around?
To get around the castle, it can by foot because the site is walkable for visitors.
What Should I Wear?
When you are visit the castle make sure you wear comfortable clothes for the season. in hotter season suggest you wear cotton tees, shorts, skirt, shirt, sandals, and flip-flop, choose which one that you are prefer. Besides if you are plan your tour in winter wear your jackets, hats, scarfs, gloves, and socks.
Best Time to Visit
I suggest you visit Ambras Castle during spring and fall season because it is usually mild season.
Will I Need a Guide?
If you want to get more knowledge of the collections in Ambras Castle it will better if you with a guide.
How To Get There?
There are some transportations options that will help you to reach Ambras Castle. To get there from the neighborhood cities it can be by airplane, train, bus, and drive. If you are from Vienna it takes around 4 to 5 hours by bus, train and drive. From Praha and Bratislava it takes 7 to 8 hours by bus and around 5 hours by drive.