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).
Spanish Hall of the Ambras Palace
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
Armoury of the Ambras Palace
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.