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  • Sight – Schloss Ambras Innsbruck

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    1. History of the Ambras Castle in Innsbrück (Schloss Ambras)

    The Ambras Castle is situated upon a rock ca. 100 meters above the valley floor created by the River Inn. News of Ambras, spelled “Amras” or “Omras,” has come down to us from as early as the 10th century. Long before Innsbruck became a city, it achieved more than just local importance as the established seat of the Counts from the House of Andechs, whose original lands lay in Upper Bavaria.

    There remains nothing of the original Andechs castle, which was destroyed in 1133. The castle later passed by inheritance from the Andechs family into the possession of the Prince of Tirol. The only evidence of this early, medieval period can be seen in some of the materials that were used to build the Upper Castle.

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    3. Taking photo’s

    Insite the Schloss Ambrass, It is permitted to take photo’s, without flash and without tripod, for private purposes only. For legal reasons, it is prohibited to take photo’s at special exhibitions.

    4. Address and opening hours

    The address of the Ambras Castle is Schlossstraße 20, in Innsbruck.

    Opening hours
    daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Admission till half an hour before closing time.

    Closed during November!

    The Habsburg portrait gallery and the Collection of gothic sculptures are open April to October!

    Ambras Castle is open on Assumption Day, 15th August 2017 (in german Maria Himmelfahrt). The Castle orgainizes an Ambras Castle Festival. Please Note: There is free parking at the ample car park of DEZ Shopping Center (opposite tor IKEA) with shuttle buses operating between car park and Ambras Castle every 15 minutes from 1:00pm to 8:00pm. Parking will not be available at Schlossstraße Street on August 15, 2017. Admission is free.

    Ambrass Castle Festival 15-08-2017
    © www.tyrol.com

    5. Particularities

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    • Multiple parking garages in the city center. The nearest parking is the Congress Garage.
    • The Hofkirche is not entered by the big main church door, but a little further to the left. It shares an entrance with the Tiroler Volkskunst-Museum (Museum of Tirolean Folk Art).
    • Children up to the age of 19 have free entry
    • Adults pay €7 up to €11 for a combi ticket to visit other museums (prices for 2016). See the website of the Tiroler Landesmuseum for actual ticket prices.

    6. Directions & parking

    Parking in the Schlossstrasse is free. Please note that only limited parking is available.

    From Wenns drive out of the Pitztal valley. For safety it is advised not to take the A12 from Imst to Innsbruck via the Roppener Tunnel as many accidents happen inside this tunnel. Instead take the road B171 towards Karres / Ötztal just at the roundabout at the other side of the bridge across the river Inn.

    After some 8 kilometers, at the crossing with the Ötztal, follow the signs with A12 Innsbruck to get on the highway. At Innsbruck take the “Innsbruck West” exit (number 79).

    Follow the signs to the city center. Keep left at the first crossing with lights. When the crossing is left behind stay at the right lane to turn right at the next lights (just before the bridge over the river Inn).

    Follow this road till at the right a sign is seen which indicates the parking Congress Garage. It’s a small lane at the right. Be aware that just at the end of the buildings at your left you need to turn immediately left to drive downwards into the parking garage.

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