One of the many highlights that Munich has to offer in the inner city area and definitely one of my favourites is the former residence and royal palace to the Bavarian monarchs, the Munich Residenz. The largest palace in Germany takes you on a journey back in time and leads through opulent decorated interiors and fascinating architecture. I was so thrilled during my latest visit, that I would like to show you the highlights of a beautiful afternoon on a cold winters day.
The entire complex of the Residenz contains 10 courtyards and counts altogether 130 rooms. The building suffered major damage during World War II and has been reconstructed afterwards.
The first buildings were erected on this ground around 1385. But it was not before the reign of William IV (1508 – 1550) that with the addition of the Rundstubenbau, the Alte Residenz was expanded to become a representative palace. The construction included the structure´s first court garden.
The Antiquarium, one of the highlights inside the museum, was added between 1550 and 1579. This lavish decorated hall was mainly intended as a display for the endless collection of statues and busts, later as a banqueting hall and is still used these days as concert hall for the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
As the entire complex of the Residenz grew over the centuries, the palace´s architecture inherits styles such as late Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Neo-Classicism. Most of the rooms and halls are accessible and have been restored in all the glamour and lavishness of these times.
The last addition to complete the entire complex was the Königsbau. This palace was constructed under the reign of the Bavarian fairy tale king Ludwig I between 1825 and 1835 and was designed in the style of the Florentine Palazzo Pitti.
I spend around three hours walking through the premises, but if you really take your time, I am sure you can pass an entire day inside this marvelous complex with so much beauty, sumptousness and craftsmanship to enjoy.
The entry ticket for the Residenzmuseum costs just 7 Euros and includes a free audio tour and wardrobe service for any kind of bags or umbrellas you intend to bring. There are combi tickets availabe for further sights such as the Treasury and the Cuvilliés Theatre. I also recommend a visit to the museum shop which features high quality souvenirs and books. Click onto the website for any further information that you may need like opening hours, prices, etc.
The Residenz is a piece of art that you simply have to see for yourself. I have prepared a little photo tour with some of my highlights that the palace has to offer, but of course, they do not compensate for the personal experience. So make sure to follow up this magnificent hotspot next time you are in Munich. It is a lifetime memory! Please also visit my photo gallery on www.shipm8s.com with even more pictures.