Ambras began to change from a fortress to a renaissance palace when acquired by Archduke Ferdinand II in 1564. The renaissance garden, illustrated in Gothein, has been partially restored. There is also a re-creation of a, presumed, medieval castle garden. The castle is now surrounded by a large landscape park, somewhat in the English picturesque style. The woods hide the castle in a way which would never have been allowed when it had a defensive role. But the castle is floodlit and from the northern side of the valley one can still see how it commanded the heights above the town of Innsbruck.
early April to end October, Dawn to dusk