Ambras Castle in Innsbruck Tour Guide
The Ambras Castle was much more than just a castle even in its heyday. Built by Archduke Ferdinand II, the Ambras Castle was as much a residence as an exhibiting venue for his famous personal collections of armoury, portraits and natural objects. Over the centuries, post his death, much of his collection either fell to disarray due to neglect or was moved to Vienna for safekeeping; however, significant pieces still remain and give the visitor a remarkable insight into the Archduke’s collection.
Enjoy a tour of the Chamber of Armours, which houses the first-ever combined collection of Armours in history. Although the present collection is not displayed in the same innovative way as the original collection, you can still see rare suits of tournament armour, ornamental armour for courtly ceremonies, the armour of famous military commanders and, last but not least, that of Ferdinand II.
The Chambers of Art and Curiosities feature a universal collection from across all spheres of knowledge known to that era. Preserved in their originality state, as envisioned by the Archduke, with very few changes if any, this chamber gives an insight into the creative and systematic exhibits developed by the Archduke for his collections. Notable masterpieces include Figurine of Death, Kabinettschrank, Centrepiece with Compass, Ryukyu Bowl and Hirsute Man. This chamber is so renowned for its collection that Andre Heller modelled the Swarovski Crystal Chamber of Wonders after it.
View numerous portraits of the Habsburg rulers and other sovereigns, and their children at the Habsburg Portrait Gallery; browse through magnificent sculptures from the reign of Emperor Maximilian at the Collection of Gothic Sculptures gallery in the Keep.
A wonderful collection apart, the Ambras Castle attracts visitors to its magnificent interiors, which till-date remains a masterpiece of art. The Spanish Hall, in particular, is of note and is widely considered as one of the most exceptionally artistic freestanding halls of the Renaissance era. Extending 43m long, the Hall features outstanding full-figure portraits of Tyrolean rulers – all are portrayed in a landscaped background to give the impression of the hall being open on all sides. The wooden doors and wooden inlaid and gilded ceiling are other notable features.