Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck

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    Schloss Ambras

    by zadunajska8 Written Mar 25, 2013
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    The Schloss Ambras was transformed from a fortress to a renaissance palace by the Arch Duke Ferdinand II who acquired the property in 1564.

    Entrance fees are €10 per adult and this includes the "Arts and Wonders" museum, the armour museum and the Habsburg Portrait gallery.

    The castle itself is a fine old pile and makes a lovely backdrop to a cool drink in the park on a hot summers day. Highlights of the castle include:

    - the Spanish hall (masterminded by Ferdinand II) which is a 43m long banqueting hall with wood paneled ceiling and walls painted with the images of various Habsburg Tyrolean nobles.

    - the inner courtyard of the castle with it's attractive grey relief

    - the sunken bath tub of Ferdinand's wife Phillipine.

    For a more detailed description of the castle, museum and park, please visit my Schloss Ambras page.

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    AMBRAS castle

    by didier06 Written Sep 27, 2011

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    AMBRAS castle

    The archduke Ferdinand II when he was made the provincial sovereign of TYROL, ordered to turn the existing medieval fortress into a renaissance castle. This castle was used as the official residence of Philipine WELSER the archduke's wife
    Completely restored the castle houses a collection of weapons, armors, portraits, and an interesting chamber of art and curiosities.

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    Castle

    by ealgisi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This fabuolous castle is located in the hill above Innsbruck, and it's one of the most important sights of Innsbruck.

    The story goes back at the time of Archduke Ferdinand II, in 1563, he ordered two italian architects to make the medieval fortress a Renaissance castle for his wife.

    There is only one chamber that can be seen in its original place, the chamber of art and curiosities.
    In this chamber are stored precious objects, scentific, and toys.

    The Archduke was more interested in his armouries, and in the "Rüstkammer" you can see very rare examples of armour from the 15th century.
    Those armour are originally coming from Emperor Maximilian I and the Archduke Sigismund collection.

    Then the Spanish hall, that has been built between 1569 and 1572.
    The Hall is 43mt long and it's dominated by 27 full-lenght portraits of the princely rulers of the Tyrol.

    In the upper castle, which is the oldest part, you will find the "Habsburg Portrait Gallery", made of about 300 portraits from the 15th to the 19th century.

    Also don't forget, once you have visited the whole castle, to take a walk in the fantastic park around it.

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    Kunsthistorisches Museum Schloss Amsbras-Innsbruck

    by silvia-m.b Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Archduke Ferdinand II, son of Emperor Ferdinand I, had the medieval Castle converted into the present Renaissance castle for his wife Philippine Welser, who was of lower social rank, and his two sons. Two display his collections of world-wide fame the archduke, eager to follow humanistic principles, had built one of the oldest modern museums.

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    half a day at a palace

    by vpas Written Jun 2, 2010

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    the palace or castle as it is called has a beautiful ambience.the history is fascinating,since it was built for a lady who was not from a royal family.I found it fascinating to gaze at the old potraits and read the tidbits of information about them,besides marvel at the castle itself. the grounds below are home to peacocks and there is a good cafetaria.Nice to spend a relaxing day or at least half a day.There is also a bigger garden outside the castle which is nice for a good walk.
    If using public transport it is better to use the sightseer bus rather than the tram,for if you go by tram the walk is quite tedious.the sightseer bus takes you right outside the castle.

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    Innsbruck's Schloss

    by brazwhazz Updated Jul 17, 2009

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    Schloss Ambras is a short bus trip outside of Innsbruck's inner town. Built in the 16th century, it was intended from the onset to house art collections. Its patron, Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595), founded the chamber of wonders, the armoury and the antiques collection that are visited today in the Lower Castle.

    The Upper Castle, which were originally the Archduke's living quarters, has been turned into a portrait gallery. Not quite as interesting as the Lower Castle, but worth a look nonetheless, especially if you want to see a portrait of Vlad the Impaler.

    Aside from the medieval armours and the chamber of wondersmy favourite part was the Spanish Hall, which is 43 m long. It contains the portraits of 27 rulers of the Tyrol. The hall is said to be "one of the most important freestanding halls of the Renaissance". Nowadays classical concerts are given there.

    The castle is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except in August, when it closes an hour later. Admission is 8 euros from April to October, but only 4.50 euros from December to March.

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    Schloss Ambras

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Oct 14, 2007

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    Schloss Ambras

    The castle was a medieval fortress that was restored in Renaissance style during the fourteenth century becoming Ferdinand II's summer residence. Today the castle is center of the Renaissance collections of Ferdinand II among which there is the Waffensammlung and the gallery of pictures.
    Sorry for the bad photo but I took it from the roof of the my hotel :)

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    Castle experience

    by flyfreak Written Jun 22, 2007

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    Visit the Ambras castle and feel yourself transported to the Middle Age where the archduke Ferdinand II. (1529-1595) promoted arts and science sustantially. He founded the Ambras collection, a very modern museum by then.

    Take a walk in the beautiful park or through the woods behind the park!

    unfortunately the website link is only in German!

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    Schloss Ambrass

    by leffe3 Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    There's evidence that a castle of some description existed as early as the 11th century, but the building we see today dates from the 16th century. It was, in turn, made into a museum by Archduke Ferdinand II from the outset. The Wunderkammer (Gallery of Wonders) contains a slightly bizarre collection of exotic objects - coral, ivory, a rhinoceros' horn and other artifacts brought back to Europe by explorers. The top half of the palace is the Habsburg's Portrait Gallery: an awe-inspiring collection of works by Cranach, Mor, Titian, Van Dyck and Velásquez, among others. It's quite an extraordinary collection, housed in a relatively small room - eyes and faces really do peer down at you. And there's a mammoth collection of armoury on display. The Spanish Room is a wonderfully decorated function room of the period.

    The landcaped gardens are extensive and well worth wandering through

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    Schloss Ambras

    by shugoey Written Apr 3, 2006

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    We spent the afternoon in the Scholss Ambras, and it was great. A lot to see, the exquisite collection of armory, unusual objects of art and curiosities, magnificent collection of portraits, and the lovely Spanish Hall.

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    Schloss Ambras

    by aukahkay Written Feb 6, 2006
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    This renaissance castle in the outskirts of Innsbruck was the residence of Archduke Ferdinand II. He was an avid collector of fine art and had also a very interesting armour collection. It is a must-see for art connoiseurs.

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    Collection of paintings

    by sim1 Updated Oct 24, 2003

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    Paintings in Castle Ambras


    This painting is part of a weird collection. It is a collection of paintings with 'abnormal' people on it. Some were really weird! There was one painting of a man that lived with a lance through his head... eeks!

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    It started to snow....

    by sim1 Updated Oct 24, 2003

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    Snow at Castle Ambras in Innsbruck


    While we walked towards the castle, it suddenly started snowing a lot. Brrr, it was cold. But the snow looked so beautiful falling down, with the tower in the background. So I stopped for a few minutes to take this picture. I think it looks so beautiful, hahaha, but cold though! So let's go quickly inside the castle, and have a look at there.

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    Castle Ambras

    by sim1 Updated Oct 24, 2003

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    On Saturday afternoon we went to the Castle Ambras, which is just outside Innsbruck. We had a guided tour in English, which was really great.

    The beautifully preserved romantic Renaissance-style Castle includes Europe’s oldest collection of arts and armouries, the Spanish Hall, and the Portrait Gallery, featuring some 250 works from the 14th and 15th century.

    Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595) had the medieval Ambras castle converted into the present Renaissance castle to display his collections of world-wide fame.

    Opening times:
    April 01 through October 31: Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Closed in November
    December 01 through March 31: Daily (except Tuesday) from 2p.m. to 5p.m.

    Useful websites :

    http://www.anto.com/ambras.html
    http://www.castles.org/castles/Europe/Central_Europe/Austria/Austria.htm
    http://www.netwing.at/nisters/hnambras.html

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    Schloss Ambras

    by Rhondaj Updated Sep 29, 2003

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    Schloss Ambras

    Closest castle to Innsbruck
    Throughout the grounds there stands numerous works of large, modern art

    Archduke Ferdinand II collected paintings, armory, and other artwork. All on display. You can self-guide yourself around this place. Plenty of reading material available in every section.
    Classification: Museums

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