Ambras Castle - among the most important museums worldwide - is closely linked to the personality of Archduke Ferdinand II
Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras) is one of the most beautiful sights of Innsbruck. Its founder was Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595) who founded also the Ambras Collection, and built a modern museum in the basement. A large part of his collection can be admired in the three Chambers of Armour, the Chamber of Art and Curiosities, and the Hall of Antiquities.
Ambras Castle is not only an architectural highlight per se, but also interesting for art lovers. There the famous Habsburg Portrait Gallery, spread over three floors, can be watched. More than 200 portraits made by masters like Arcimboldo, Cranach, Rubens, van Dyck, Velázquez etc. are exhibited. Unique is the Strasser Collection, one of the most important collections of precious glasses from the Renaissance until Baroque worldwide. It was at the centre of attention in 2022, the International Year of Glass proclaimed by the United Nations.
The Spanish Hall below of the high castle, however, is among the most splendid Renaissance halls. In summer it is venue for a range of concerts, e.g. the Ambras Castle Concerts. Ambras Castle, in association with the Museum of Fine Arts Vienna, is an international top destination for art lovers. This Renaissance jewel with its huge park makes a visit an unforgettable experience!
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admission in summer (with Portrait Gallery and Gothic Sculptures' Collection):
€ 16.00 adults
€ 12.00 students (up to 25 years)
€ 12.00 seniors
€ 12.00 people with disabilities
admission in winter (without Portrait Gallery and Gothic Sculptures' Collection):
€ 12.00 adults
€ 9.00 students (up to 25 years)
€ 9.00 seniors
€ 9.00 people with disabilities
free for children and young people under 19 years
Ambras Castle stays open all year round (except in November). The Portrait Gallery and the Gothic Sculptures' Collection are not accessible in winter.
The castle park opens daily at 6.30 am in summer and at 7 am in winter (December to March), closure depending on the season (between 5.30 pm and 9 pm).
Special exhibitions "A Plateful of Fools" and "Terribly Beautiful 2.0" till October 31, 2023.