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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Monal Panchal (5 months ago)
The place is a very underrated Museum in Munich. The inside of the museum is beautiful. Good for pictures. Tickets are around 8-11 euros depending if u are student you get a discount.
Marlon L (6 months ago)
Incredibly extensive palace with multiple floors. A lot of them seemed to be reconstructed, but the rest are dazzling. Spent around 2-3 hrs here and couldn’t go through all the rooms. However after a certain point, it does get repetitively dazzling especially if you’ve been to other palaces around Germany.
Cori Nichols (6 months ago)
I did the residence only tour and it took about 2.5 hours to see it all. There are complimentary audio units available in different languages - you punch in the number corresponding to the room or art for more info (you can bring headphones with audio jack to plug into them). The residence doesn't look like a lot from the outside but it is beautiful inside. I recommend going when they first open in the morning, during the week. I had most rooms to myself!
Nina Paris (6 months ago)
One of the most impressive buildings I’ve seen. Even more impressive than the Palace. Loads of rooms to see and a free audio guide to get more information on each of the rooms. Took us about 2-3 hours to see the museum and the Treasury, so would definitely recommend coming earlier on the day. The theatre was only open from 2pm today so worth checking out the opening times on their website. Friendly staff and reasonable price for a combination ticket.
EST EST (7 months ago)
Step into the Middle Ages royal lifestyle at this royal palace. Wow! Built originally in the 1300s, added onto it by the 1500s, completed by the late 1800s. Over 100 rooms, gilded, decorated with ornaments, tapestries, beautiful furniture. Start with the Treasury area on the bottom floor if you want to see magnificent pieces of jewelry, ornaments, drinking vessels and eating utensils of the Middle Ages. The rooms, over 100 of them, have beautiful tapestries, embroidered seat covers, paneled walls, decorated ceilings, etc. Finally, the Cuvillie theater is just beautiful. Have a peek and imagine young Mozart playing here. This is a must tour if you are in Munich.
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