Schloss Ambras is a prolific museum and itself a relic of Innsbruck
's imperial history. A highlight on your castle tour is the lavish Spanish Hall, a perfectly preserved hall for princely representation adorned with 27 full-figure portraits of Tirolean Habsburg rulers and an elaborate, inlaid wooden ceiling. Today, the Spanish Hall is the venue for classical music concerts during the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music
In the Upper Castle be sure to stop at the bath of Philippine Welser, Archduke Ferdinand's secret wife. The built-in tub and wood-paneled changing room give you an insight into 16th royal hygiene. Catch a glimpse of the courtyard with its wet-plaster frescoes that rank among the best preserved in Europe.
As the oldest museum in the world, Schloss Ambras is the perfect setting to explore historic collections of art and armor. Time travel through Austria's past at the Habsburg Portrait Gallery
featuring Habsburg rulers and other luminaries from the 14th-18th centuries. The 200 works by painters like Hans Burgkmair, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, and others
, rival the quality and volume of some of Europe's most established collections.
As the only Renaissance Kunstkammer
of its kind to have been preserved at its original location, the Chamber of Art and Curiosities
of Archduke Ferdinand II represents an unrivalled cultural monument. You’ll find objects that were valued for their rarity, worth, or scientific significance in the 16th century, painting a vivid picture of the Renaissance mindset. The collection includes turnery made of ivory, porcelain and silk paintings, as well as important works of European artists; even the only existing portrait of Vlad Dracula.
Schloss Ambras wouldn’t be a proper castle without a sizeable collection of armor
. It features rare examples of armor from the collections of Emperor Maximilian I and Archduke Sigismund. The "Heldenrüstkammer" displays armor of famous commanders in original 16th century showcases. The "Leibrüstkammer" includes the private armor of Archduke Ferdinand II himself, and that of the court of Innsbruck.
The Strasser Collection of Glass
boasts precious glassware from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
In 2017, for the 450th anniversary
of the accession of Archduke Ferdinand II the Schloss Ambras will put on a special exhibit in cooperation with the National Gallery in Prague. It is slated to be the biggest cultural event in Tirol this year.
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., admission is € 10 for adults and is 10 minutes by car from the Old Town.