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Ambras Castle

Considered the oldest museum in the world, the Castle of Ambras was made famous thanks to the personality of one of its residents, Archduke Ferdinand II.
Ambras Castle is nestled on a shale rock south of Innsbruck and was originally a medieval fortress that housed Tyrol's most influential authorities. The residence was modified into a Renaissance-style castle at the request of Archduke Ferdinand II. Visitors can admire various paintings and works of art, including an impressive collection of the Habsburg family. In addition to gold and silver coins, there are armor. The Arts and Wonders Room features 18 cabinets of different colors as well as strange and unusual objects. The castle also has a huge park where it is good to walk.
Ambras Castle
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FAQs for Ambras Castle

  • When was Ambras Castle built?
    The first fortress was built by the Counts of Andechs in the 10th century. It was destroyed in 1130 by Henry X of Bavaria. The reconstruction was undertaken 150 years later. It was in 1563 that Ferdinand II took possession of the premises.

  • What unusual objects can be seen in the arts and wonders room of Ambras Castle?
    The Chamber of Arts and Wonders contains, among other objects, the judas hanging rope and a coat of feathers.

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