Schloss Ambras picture
fchelaru/Flickr

Details

Castles/Palaces, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.4scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The 16th-century Schloss Ambras consists of two parts. In the Upper Castle you'll find numerous regal rooms to explore, not to mention a phenomenal portrait gallery featuring the works of Titian and Velázquez among others. But it's the Lower Castle that distinguishes this royal residence from other Germanic palaces. Conceived by Archduke Ferdinand II, this section hosts a large collection of armor and his "Chamber of Art and Curiosities," a fascinating assortment of bizarre objects.  As one recent TripAdvisor explains, it's here that you'll find the most interesting -- and unusual -- exhibits:  "See several depictions of the crucifixion, but all in coral," they write. "See paintings on cobwebs, giant playing cards, stuffed sharks, deer horns mysteriously embedded in a tree trunk … This is what you want in a proper Germanic castle! And all from the 1500s."

South of downtown, Schloss Ambras welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. Admission costs €10 EUR (about $14 USD) between April and October and €4.50 EUR (or about $6.50 USD) the rest of the year. Both Upper and Lower Castles are free for Innsbruck Card holders. For more information, check out the castle's website.

See all Hotels in Innsbruck »

More Best Things To Do in Innsbruck

Maria-Theresien-Strasse (Maria Theresa Street)
Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 9
#1 Maria-Theresien-Strasse (Maria Theresa Street)

Acting as the triumphant entrance into the medieval Innsbruck, Maria Theresien-Strasse funnels visitors through a long procession of shops and restaurants. The avenue, though historic, has now become a bit overrun with tourists snapping photos of every gorgeous building they see (which are also quite numerous). The tourists, architecture, shops

Read more
Oberau-Online/Flickr
See full list of Best Things To Do in Innsbruck »

Explore More of Innsbruck

Recommended

The 21 Most Beautiful Waterfalls to See Around the World

Discover which stunning falls offer once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences.

Kyle McCarthyApril 25, 2019

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019