In 1385 the ruling Wittelsbach family decided to erect a new palace as the Alter Hof had become too small for their needs. ... More
In 1385 the ruling Wittelsbach family decided to erect a new palace as the Alter Hof had become too small for their needs. The main building was the first part of the royal residence to be erected. The palace grounds include numerous grottoes, courtyards (in particular the Brunnenhof ), fountains, a medicine room, antiquarian, Hofkapelle and the delightful Wittelsbach fountain built by Duke Otto from 1611-23. The Residenz houses the Crown Jewels, the State Collection of Egyptian Art, the late-baroque Residenz Theatre and the classicist Herkulessaal, a concert hall with amazing acoustics.
There is a room where bones from the family are kept. Sometimes it's just a jawbone, others a whole skeleton....A voice told me to get out, and I did! The next visit, nothing. My father said the same thing, after we both left the room in a hurry.
The Residenz was probably my favorite "museum" type tour during my visit to Munich. The entire place is packed with interesting relics from the last 400 years worth of German royalty. The building is magnificent considering portions of it had to be restored after WWII. I didn't use the audio guide for the tour, but the beauty was fascinating without a story. It took me awhile to find it the place because it blends in with the surrounding buildings,but signs point the way. I plan on taking my wife back on my next trip because you can't really take it all in without spending a couple hours. The staff there are rather friendly but very strict regarding the rules (i.e.,no backpacks, purses, no flash photo).
Overall it is a definite visit if you are in Munich.
For centuries, the Residenz was the political & cultural centre of royalty, as well as the former residence of Bavarian Kings. Various rulers furnished & extended the rooms to suit their personal tastes. This was also where rulers kept their art collections & treasures. The collections were opened to the public in 1920. Worth the visit alone is the magnificent vaulted chamber w/ stunning frescoes. Also notable are the five rooms of wall paintings in the Konigsbau depicting scenes from the great German epic, the Nibelungenlied. Behind the Residenz is the Cuvilli�s Theater, a lavish Rococo style theater still in use today.
This immense and spectacular palace is a must see for those that visit Munich. The gardens, the interior, the royal art gallery....everything is beyond what you would expect from a formerly active palace. Bring your camera for the outside. There is a lot of eye candy here.
You can never run out of things to do in Munich, but this is the must see of this city.
The Residenz is full of architecture and art displayed in plenty of historic ways. I never knew that the Residenz was home to Bishops. I loved how the huge stairs lead to several intriguing rooms that portray artists pieces of work. The ceiling about of the stairs conveyed meaning of beliefs and creative thoughts that were taken in during the old times. Another room that captured me was the mirror room that had lots of mirrored wall embellished with golden artwork. The Residenz is a must to go to. I know I will go back there one day.
The Residenz is a stunning place to go to. The restoration work is amazing. This place is much better than the Nymphenburg palace. Dont be put off by the museum guards watching you. They wont have a problem with you unless you touch something you are not supposed to.
the Residenz blends in so well with the fabric of the inner city that the luxurious interior and fascinating displays will shock you. I lived in Munich for 18 months and I don't think one person recommended it to me. Despite its central location, it's definitely a hidden treasure.
The restoration work is simply amazing. We saw some of the pictures of the way things looked after the bombing after our initial tour of the palace. We had not realized that there had been so much damage. The restoration is quite seamless. What a loss all that beauty would have been. The 'Hall of Antiquities' was my favorite and not to be missed.
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