Munich Residenz

Munich, Germany

The Munich Residenz is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs of the House of Wittelsbach. The Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany and is today open to visitors for its architecture, room decorations, and displays from the former royal collections.

The complex of buildings contains ten courtyards and displays 130 rooms. A wing of the Festsaalbau contains the Cuvilliés Theatre since the reconstruction of the Residenz after World War II. It also houses the Herkulessaal, the primary concert venue for the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Byzantine Court Church of All Saints at the east side is facing the Marstall, the building for the former Court Riding School and the royal stables.

he Munich Residence served as the seat of government and residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings from 1508 to 1918. What began in 1385 as a castle in the north-eastern corner of the city, was transformed by the rulers over the centuries into a magnificent palace, its buildings and gardens extending further and further into the town.

The rooms and art collections spanning a period that begins with the Renaissance, and extends via the early Baroque and Rococo epochs to Neoclassicism, bear witness to the discriminating taste and the political ambition of the Wittelsbach dynasty.

Much of the Residence was destroyed during the Second World War, and from 1945 it was gradually reconstructed.

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Founded: 1508
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Rafael Kern (10 months ago)
This is a fantastic attraction in Munich, which is why it gets 5 stars, but the management is absurd. They decided to give two options, the "long" tour and the "short" tour. Why on Earth does the short tour exclude the best rooms?? It's utterly ridiculous. The excluded Emperor's Hall is more gorgeous than anything else in the Residenz. Do not, under any circumstances, do the short tour. Ever. If for some reason you're in a hurry, do the long tour and just speed through the boring rooms. The gap is so big that I dare say that if you only went to the rooms excluded by the short tour, and no other rooms, you'd still have a better time than if you simply did the short tour. Not only would you have seen the best rooms, but you'd also have used your time much more efficiently, skipping many of the boring rooms. Don't get me wrong, it's absolutely worth it to do the long tour. But if for some reason you ever consider doing the asinine short tour instead, just do the long tour and then run past the boring rooms.
José Luís Cardoso (10 months ago)
Royal Palace in Munich. Official residence of the Kings of Bavaria. The largest palace (in a certain Urban) in Germany is one of the largest in Europe. At least 2h30 is required for the visit. The morning route differs from the afternoon tour (due to the size of the palace). Highly recommended, as well as a visit to the gardens (free admission!) where you can admire the current "palace" of Bavaria's state offices - the crystal palace (in glass so that the Bavarians can see their representatives at work).
Michael Ostrowski (16 months ago)
Massive palace with beautiful decorations. 8-9€ for admission which is very reasonable. Takes about 2-3 hours for a full tour. Only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is one of the staff was literally rushing people out of rooms before the Audio guide even finished, which was very rude.
Sara Orfali (16 months ago)
Huge palace for a good entry price. Too many rooms to see - would have appreciated themed tours of just some things. Very poor audioguide - it would have been better to have some stories of the people who lived there or some anecdotes rather than a dull description of the tapestry on the wall. It was sad to see it was in need of some repairs (refreshing the walls and such).
Charles “Rojer Lockless” Blacknall II (19 months ago)
The largest building I think I've ever been in. There are floors and rooms for days. It would take a week to really see everything here. It is a massive house. The old royal residence is really something to behold. Room after room of paintings wall to ceiling full of beautiful art and artifacts. Just make sure you check out the jeweled George and the Dragon it's beautiful!
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