Ambras castle – Renaissance Pearl of Tyrol | Austria

Updated: January 12, 2020 | By | More

One of the most important sights of Innsbruck, the dominant feature of the surrounding landscape, which you can not overlook is Ambras Castle. Its history is inextricably bound up with a Renaissance prince, Ferdinand II, Archduke of Further Austria.

Ambras castle in Austria
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The complex was built in the early 11th century, and was known also as Amras or Omras. Thus, long before the nearby Innsbruck became a city, Ambras Castle was known as a centre of the region. But the original castle has been totally destroyed in 1133.

Some parts of the castle were repaired and later, in 1580, was rebuilt into Renaissance chateau by Prince Ferdinand.

Ambras Castle, Insbruck, Austria
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There is a minibus running from the city centre to the castle every half an hour. In the Ambras castle you can see the collection of armor and weapons of Ferdinand II. In the summer months, the castle holds known, very popular Festival of Early Music. Management of the castle emphasis on attracting families with children. Countless surveys made especially for children with the first-class programs will show and describe a world of knights to all young visitors. In the courtyard, the adjacent park or in the surrounding forests you can find lots of benches for rest. All the trails around are accessible also with prams. There is a number of tame squirrels in the park which can be a special attraction for children.

The castle is opened daily from 10am to 5pm and the basic adult ticket costs €10. For further information visit

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