The Ambras Castle is situated in the south of Innsbruck at the foot of the Pascherkofel in the Schlossstrasse just above the motorway and is now a museum.
The Tyrolean Prince Archduke Ferdinand II. (1529-95), son of Emperor Ferdinand I, had the medieval Ambras Castle rebuilt into a Renaissance palace. A separate museum building was erected to house his world-famous collections, which is still preserved in its original location today.
The Spanish Hall is one of the most beautiful free-standing hall buildings of the Renaissance. It was built between 1569 and 1572 according to the ideas of Archduke Ferdinand II as a representation hall. The picturesque design of the 43m long hall is dominated by the 27 full-length portraits of the Tyrolean sovereigns and ranges from Count Albrecht I of Tyrol to the Counts of Görz-Tyrol and Margarethe Maultasch up to the Habsburgs to end with Ferdinand II.
The St. Nicholas Chapel in the castle is very popular for weddings. Its current appearance dates back to the 19th century, when the governor of Tyrol, Archduke Karl Ludwig, had the damaged 16th century wall paintings knocked down and commissioned a general redesign.
- Tournament armour of the 15th century from the possession of Emperor Maximilian I.
- in the armoury
- and a wedding
- Son of Emperor Ferdinand III.
- Perseus and Andromeda
- Margarethe Maultasch
- The portraits begin on the left with the father, Ferdinand I, followed by his sons, descending in age and height: Maximilian, Ferdinand, John and Charles. Next is the youngest daughter Johanna, followed by her sisters. On the far right is Queen Anna.