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Schlossstraße 20


Castles/Palaces, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Step inside Renaissance-era Innsbruck at Ambras Castle, which Archduke Ferdinand II, who reigned in the 1500s, built as a palace. Here he assembled a collection of items, including armor, portraits, weapons and musical instruments into a museum, making it the oldest museum in the world. Today, visitors can see the Spanish Hall, designed to host grand balls; the Chapel of St. Nicholas; an inner courtyard filled with frescoes; the Habsburg Portrait Gallery with more than 200 portraits; and numerous collections of Gothic sculptures and glass objects, among other artifacts.  

Past visitors said the castle is impressive with a large collection of interesting items. Reviewers warned that the portrait gallery is only open from April to October, so keep that in mind if that is your main interest for a visit here.

The castle sits in the hills above Innsbruck, less than 5 miles southeast of the Golden Roof. Most recent travelers reported arriving to the castle via Sightseer bus. The castle is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but closed during the month of November. Tickets cost between 8 and 12 euros (about $9 to $13) for adults, depending on the time of year, and are free for children 18 and younger. If you purchased an Innsbruck Card, your admission is waived. Visit the official website for additional information.

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#1 Maria-Theresien-Strasse (Maria Theresa Street)

One of Innsbruck's most famous streets, Maria Theresien Street is a glorious remnant of the city's baroque past, dating back 700 years. Now a pedestrian promenade, the street, which is located outside Old Town, is lined with palaces once owned by the city's aristocracy, as well as cafes, shops and landmarks like St. Anne's Column and the Triumphal Arch.

Recent visitors raved about the amazing views of the mountains seen from the street and recommended seeing the Christmas market set up on the street during the holidays. However, a few reviewers warned that the prices at the shops, cafes and restaurants that line the street are too high. For unobstructed photos, plan a morning visit.

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