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Visiting the Ambras Castle in Innsbruck

A Renaissance castle built by Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria in the 16th century, Ambras Castle is home to a collection of art and curiosities, including one of the most important collections of Renaissance portraiture in the world, the Ambras Collection of Portraits. What sets the castle apart is its dual identity as a fortress and a Renaissance palace. Ambas Castle is a must-see for any wanderer in Austria. 

Read on to dive deep into all things Ambras Castle, and to know more about the best ticket options.

Why Visit Ambras Castle?

Ambras Castle
  • A Journey Through Time: Step into history and sink into the rich heritage of Ambras Castle, which dates back centuries. Witness the evolution of art, culture, and architecture in this ancient castle.
  • Architectural Prowess: The Gothic and Renaissance architecture weaves a towering yet serene imagery. It also stands as an artistic testament to its time. 
  • Art Collections: Discover masterpieces from renowned artists like Titian and Lucas Cranach the Elder. Browse intricate tapestries, majestic suits of armor, a collection of curiosities, and the Ambras Collection of Portraits.
  • The Chamber of Wonders: From unusual artifacts to oddities from distant lands, this chamber is a history and art buff’s haven. 
  • Lush Gardens: Lose yourself in the beauty of the Castle's gardens, adorned with colorful flowers, serene ponds, and lush greenery that adds to the Austrian countryside. 
  • Countryside Panoramic Views: Climb to the Castle's viewpoint and delight yourself with panoramic vistas of Innsbruck and the surrounding Alps. 

Ambras Castle Highlights

Ambras Castle, Innsbruck, Austria.

The Upper Castle

This is the oldest part of the castle, dating back to the 13th century. It houses the Ambras Collection of Portraits, one of the most important collections of Renaissance portraiture in the world.

St Nicholas Chapel

This beautiful chapel is located in the Upper Castle. It features a stunning altarpiece by Albrecht Dürer. The chapel is also the final resting place of Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria.

The Bath of Philippine Wesler

This luxurious bathhouse was once used by Philippine Wesler, the wife of Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria. The bathhouse is decorated with beautiful frescoes and features a sunken pool in the center.

The Garden of Paradise & Medicinal Garden

The Garden of Paradise is divided into two sections: the Garden of Love and the Garden of Virtue. They’re perfect for a picturesque stroll. The Medicinal Garden features a variety of medicinal plants that were once used by the Habsburgs.

The Lower Castle

This newer part of the castle dates back to the 16th century. It houses the Armory, a collection of weapons and armor that is one of the oldest in the world. It also houses the Keuchengarten, a labyrinthine garden that was once used for hunting.

The Chamber of Art and Wonders

A collection of curiosities that includes everything from shrunken heads to musical instruments. The Chamber of Art and Wonders was once used by Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria to entertain his guests.

The Armory

The Armory includes everything from swords and shields to suits of armor from a bygone era. The collection is a fascinating glimpse into the history of Austrian warfare.

The Collection of Gothic Sculptures

This section includes everything from altarpieces to tombstones. The collection offers a myopic view of the art of the Gothic period. The sculptures are a beautiful and moving testament to the artistry of the Middle Ages.

The Keuchengarten

This labyrinthine garden was once used for hunting. The Keuchengarten is a maze of paths and hedges that is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the Habsburgs. The garden is a popular spot for ghost hunters and those who enjoy a good scare.

Plan Your Visit to Ambras Castle

Opening Hours
Getting There
Food & Drinks


  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM, daily.
  • Closed: November


  • Habsburg Portrait Gallery: April 1 to October 31 
  • The Gothic Sculptures Collection: April 1 to October 31

Best time to visit: If you’re looking for fewer crowds consider visiting during the spring months of March and April, or during the autumn months of September and October. Visiting during peak seasons allows you to enjoy favorable weather at the cost of higher foot traffic. However, as a general rule, to avoid crowds, it’s recommended to visit during weekdays, near opening or closing hours. 

Address: Schlossstraße 20, 6020 Innsbruck | Find on Map

By Bus: Take bus number 4134 from the main train station in Innsbruck. The bus stop is called "Schloss Ambras". It’s 170 m away from the castle.

By Metro/Train: Take the metro line U1 to the Hungerburg station. From there, change to the Hungerburgbahn funicular railway. The funicular will take you up to the Ambras Castle stop. The journey takes about 10 minutes.

By Car: Drive to the Ambras Castle car park. The car park is located at Schlossstrasse. 20, 6020 Innsbruck. The cost of parking is approx €2 per hour.

  • Restaurant: There is a bistro on the grounds of Ambras Castle that serves traditional Austrian cuisine.
  • Parking: There is a parking lot on the grounds of Ambras Castle that costs €2 per hour.
  • Tours: There are guided tours and audio guides available in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian on-site.
  • Parking Space for Disabled Individuals: Ambras Castle has reserved public parking spaces for people with disabilities.
  • Wi-Fi: There is free Wi-Fi available across the museums and the castle.
  • Select areas of the castle have barrier-free access but owing to its ancient structure, some areas aren’t accessible to people with disabilities. 
  • There are reserved public parking spaces for people with disabilities.
  • Accessible washroom facilities are available in the Lower Castle area.
  • Wheelchairs are available on prior request.
  • Elevator access to the Armoury and Chamber of Art & Wonders.
  • Stair-lift access to the Spanish Hall is also available. 

There’s one bistro present on the premises for visitors to enjoy and grab a bite.

Café & Bistro Ferdinand

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM, daily

Location: Upper Castle

The gothic café is located within the castle and sports a dark furnished ambiance amplified by ambient lighting. Here, you can treat your taste buds to authentic hand-made Tyrolean dishes complete with seasonal ingredients. 

  • Respect the Heritage: Treat Ambras Castle with care and respect its historical significance; refrain from touching exhibits or damaging property.
  • Stay on Pathways: Explore designated areas to preserve the castle's integrity and avoid sensitive zones.
  • Photography Etiquette: Capture the beauty but be considerate of others; avoid using flash in dimly lit areas or disturbing fellow visitors.
  • Quiet Enjoyment: Maintain a serene atmosphere within the castle walls, allowing everyone to savor the historical ambiance.
  • No Food or Drinks: To preserve the castle's treasures, refrain from consuming food or beverages in the exhibition areas.
  • Children Supervision: Keep an eye on little ones to ensure their safety and prevent any accidental damage.
  • Keep it Clean: Dispose of trash responsibly and maintain the castle's pristine beauty.
  • Bergisel Ski Jump (4.4 km): Ski jump site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics ski jumping events.
  • Nordkette Cable Car (4 km): Cable car system that takes visitors up to the Nordkette mountain range, offering stunning views of Innsbruck and the surrounding area.
  • Wilten Medieval Tower (3.3 km): This medieval tower was built in the 13th century, and is one of the oldest buildings in Innsbruck.
  • Goldenes Dachl (4.9 km): Covered walkway decorated with over 2,600 gilded copper tiles.
  • Innsbruck Hofkirche (4.1 km): Gothic church famous for its tomb of Emperor Maximilian I, which is decorated with over 280 life-sized bronze statues.

Visitor Tips

  • Plan for Tickets: Beat the queues and book your tickets online in advance to ensure a smooth entry and save time.
  • Comfortable Footwear: The castle has numerous staircases and pathways, so wear comfortable shoes to explore without discomfort.
  • Early Bird Advantage: Arrive early to enjoy the castle's highlights with fewer crowds, making your experience more intimate.
  • Guided Tours Unveil Secrets: Opt for a guided tour to unearth fascinating stories and hidden gems that make the castle come alive.
  • Explore the Gardens: Don't miss the picturesque gardens, perfect for a stroll and a moment of tranquility.
  • Capture Magical Moments: Bring your camera to capture the breathtaking views, intricate details, and unforgettable memories.
  • Indulge at the Café: Treat yourself to delicious Austrian delicacies at the Castle's café, adding a delightful culinary experience to your visit.
  • Interactive Exhibits: Engage with interactive displays to learn more about the castle's history and art entertainingly.
  • Souvenir Shop Delights: Browse the castle's gift shop for unique mementos and souvenirs to cherish your Ambras Castle adventure.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ambras Castle Tickets

Where do I purchase Ambras Castle tickets?

It’s recommended you purchase your tickets online so that you can enjoy seamless entry. Purchasing your tickets online lets you avoid queuing at the ticket booths and lets you access exclusive deals and discounts.

How much do Ambras Castle tickets cost?

Tickets to Ambras Castle in Innsbruck cost as low as €16.

Who can avail of discounted tickets at Ambras Castle?

Children under 18 years of age can enjoy free admission to the castle. Students below the age of 25, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and their 1 companion, as well as military people, enjoy reduced rates at Ambras Castle.

What is the best way to buy Ambras Castle tickets?

The best way to buy Ambras Castle tickets is to buy them online. This allows you to avoid long ticketing queues at the booth and gives you a seamless experience with the added benefit of discounts and offers.

Do children enjoy free access to Ambras Castle?

Children below the age of 18 enjoy free admission to the castle.

What is the cancellation policy for Ambras Castle tickets?

Your Ambras Castle tickets have a super-flexible cancelation policy. You can get a full refund if you cancel your tickets at least 24 hours before your experience begins. 

How long are Ambras Castle tickets valid?

Your tickets are valid up to 3 months post the date of purchase.

Where is Ambras Castle located?

Ambras Castle is located in the town of Innsbruck, Austria. The complete address is Schlossstraße 20, 6020 Innsbruck.

What are the best ways to reach Ambras Castle?

The best way to reach Ambras Castle is by taking the metro line U1 to the Hungerburg station and then switching to the Hungerburgbahn funicular railway, which will take you directly to the Ambras Castle stop. This option offers a convenient and scenic journey to the castle. However, you can also opt to travel by bus or car. 

What are Ambras Castle's opening hours?

Ambras Castle is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM, except during November when it is closed. The Habsburg Portrait Gallery and The Gothic Sculptures Collection are open from April 1 to October 31.