Location: Schloßstraße 20, 6020, Innsbruck Map
Constructed: built in 10th century and rebuilt in the 16th century by emperor Ferdinand II
Tel. 01 525 244 802
Although Ambras Palace was originally found as a military citadel on the outskirts of Innsbrick, few features remind of the original purpose of this splendid estate.
Ambras Palace or Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras) was constructed on this strategic location in the 10th century. Originally it served to house a modest garrison to control this important area of Austria. Archduke Ferdinand II (1529- 1595) used some of the old medieval structures to created a more modern and esthetically pleasing residence for himself.
Today Ambras Palace serves as a museum. Rüstkammer is probably most famous and certainly very popular with kids. It contains numerous collection of medieval armor of different sizes and purposes. Besides museum contains many art pieces and curiosities. Upper Palace of the Ambras Palace keeps a large collection of paintings, including portraits of Habsburg monarchs from from Albrecht III (1349-1395) to the Emperor Franz I (1768-1835).
The Spanish Hall of the Ambras Palace is one of the most beautiful rooms in the castle. It was constructed in 1569- 1572 and reflects the influence of Renaissance artists and aesthetics of the time. Floor of the Spanish Hall is covered by a tiles of different colours while a ceiling is covered by intricate wooden tiles that are hand cut in different shapes and forms. The walls are covered by 27 full length portraits of various princes and rules of the Tyrol region. Today this 43 meter long hall is reserved for classical concerts.
If you come to the Ambras Castle probably the best place to take them is by bringing them to the Armory that held medieval weapons. Ambras Castle has many collections of various art, but while other halls might be quiet boring it might be a good idea to show them something that is truly cool and exciting. Once they will grow up, they might start paying more interest to other forms of art. As long as you convince them that museum are interesting and fun you did your job.