Schloss Ambras – Art History Museum and Castle Park
The Schloss Ambras castle lies north-east of the Grünwalderhof only approx. 15 minutes from the house. Schloss Ambras is a branch of the Museum of Art History in Vienna. The Renaissance castle was built by Archduke Ferdinand II of the Tyrol, who had his portrait and armour collection there. Besides of collections of curiousities, the portrait gallery of the Habsburgs’ and the armoury, it is especially the Spanish Hall that is worth seeing. During the summer castle concerts take place there. The English-style park and the St. Nicholas chapel are also worth seeing: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., August to 6:00 p.m. Closed in November.
Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II Neuschwanstein castles was opened to the public in 1886. The king, who was afraid of people, had the castle built to retreat from the public – after his death his refuge was turned into a popular sightseeing destination. Neuschwanstein ranks amongst the most visited castles of Europe. The idyllic location of the castle makes it quite unique. Opening times: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (April to September), 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (October to March). Tickets for admission to the castle can only be bought at the ticket centre in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle. Tickets must therefore be bought before heading towards the castle. Schloss Neuschwanstein is approximately 115km from the house and it takes about a 1 hour 45 minute-drive to get there from the Grünwalderhof.
With an exclusive and air-conditioned sightseeing bus equipped with audio guides you get to the best sights of the town of Innsbruck. You can hop on the bus at any of the sightseer stops and with your day ticket you can interrupt it as often as you want to. Single and combi tickets are available at the bus drivers’. Use of the Sightseer bus is free of charge for holders of the Innsbruck-Card.
Theatre – Tiroler Landestheater
The Tiroler Landestheater is right in the historic old town, surrounded by the Hofburg and the Hofgarten park in Innsbruck. The “Große Haus” has approx. 800 seats and the “Kammerspiele” in the souterrain has approx. 250 seats. Plays, operas, operettas, musical and dance theatre performances take place. The programme of the theatre is posted in the reception.
The Zeiss-Planetarium in Schwaz is a cinema-like place showing different shows and films on the universe, the history of aeronautics, the emergence of the earth and the stars. The quality is exceptional and knowledge is imparted in an entertaining way. This year is the year of astronomy and special shows for children and families are offered: daily from 11:00 a.m.