Salzburg Residenz

Salzburg, Austria

For centuries the Archbishops of Salzburg resided at the Salzburg Residenz and used the palace to present and represent their political status. Today the Salzburg Residenz palace is a museum and one of the most impressive attractions in the city.

The earliest recorded reference to the bishop's palace was in a document dated 1232. Construction began under Archbishop Konrad I. In the 16th century, several changes and additions to the structure were made. The bishop's palace took on its present appearance under the auspices of Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau (1587–1612). In the early 17th century, work began on the south wing, which included the addition of the large staircase and the Carabinieri-Saal, a section that connected the palace to the Franziskanerkirche and a large courtyard.

The successors of Wolf Dietrich continued to expand and refine the palace through to the end of the 18th century. Throughout the centuries, the palace served as the archbishops' residence, as well as a place of public gatherings and state affairs, all taking place in a setting that reflected power and grandeur.

Today, the Salzburg Residenz houses the Residenzgalerie, which presents paintings from the 16th to the 18th century, and Austrian paintings from the 19th century.

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Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Austria

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Tessa Kreunen (8 months ago)
Beautiful palace in classic Rococo style located in the middle of the Altstadt. For centuries this has been the residence of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg. It was the place where they discussed politics, lived, hosted events, dinner parties and via which they could easily enter the Dom next to it.
Julio Cesar Torelli (9 months ago)
Beautiful palace. Very nice staff.
Younes Orli-Idrissi (10 months ago)
You get to see several things in one tour. It is very cool to be in the same room as Mozart started his career as a 6 year old boy. The tour fits for both adults and children. Where the children also can dress up as in the 18th century.
Richard Cook (2 years ago)
Listened to some of Mozart's violin sonatas here. It was a small room, very close to the musicians, who i thought were excellent (im not an expert).
Elise M (2 years ago)
Absolutely loved this place when I visited Salzburg. There are lots of beautiful, fancy rooms you can walk through. Would recommend this to anyone!
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