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Ambras Castle

The world’s oldest museum and Renaissance rooms

The world’s oldest museum and Renaissance rooms

Ambras Castle is one of the most important historical sites in Innsbruck. Archduke Ferdinand II (1529 – 1595) was very interested in the arts and sciences and founded a collection here bringing together coats of armour, weapons, portraits, relics, rare objects, the latest scientific instruments and musical instruments. The basement of the castle was used as a museum even during his reign.

One of the most impressive highlights is the Spanish Room. It is considered one of the most beautiful free-standing Renaissance rooms in the world. It was designed by Archduke Ferdinand II and used to welcome guests and dignitaries. The paintings show portraits of the ruling counts of Tyrol as well as depicting virtues and the free arts. The doors made using different kinds of wood and the wooden ceiling, both of which contain gold leaf, are still the originals from the 16th century.