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Bavarian Dukes, Electors and Kings used the Residenz as both a residence and a seat of government from 1508 to 1918. Over time, extensions were made, with each ruler adding different architectural and interior designs to the palace. Visitors today can see a variety of styles all at once, ranging from Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo, to Neoclassical.
The Residenz is located on the northeastern side of the old downtown area. Once inside, the Residenz Museum provides an insight into the luxurious life of the Bavarian rulers through a series of maintained apartments, chapels and ceremonial rooms. These rooms contain all kinds of priceless objects, such as original porcelain, exquisite furniture, sculptures and tapestries.
Wonderful jewels and crowns that were collected by the Wittelsbach and previous rulers take pride of place in the Treasury of the Residenz. You can also see an assortment of “sacred treasures” in this remarkable collection. Make sure to pick up a free audio guide, which will illuminate the background behind these fascinating artifacts.
Explore the various courtyards within the Residenz. An interesting example is the Grotto Courtyard, named after a grotto there that is decorated with shells and adorned with a fountain. The Fountain Courtyard is also well worth a visit.
Classical music lovers should attend a performance in the Old Court Chapel. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart famously performed concerts at this very same location. Munich Philharmonic Orchestra members perform works by masters such as Vivaldi, Bach, and Mozart.
Entry to the Residenz Museum and the Treasury comes at a fee, although combination tickets are available. The Residenz is open every day except public holidays, but opening times vary seasonally, so check the website for details.
The Residenz can be reached via the U-Bahn (subway) station at Odeonsplatz.
Located in the center of Munich, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of German Theater and Karlsplatz - Stachus. Theresienwiese and Koenigsplatz are also within 15 minutes. Central U-Bahn and Munich Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Hofbrauhaus, National Theater Munich, and Cuvillies Theatre. Spielzeugmuseum and Bavarian State Opera are also within 5 minutes. Marienplatz Station is only a 3-minute walk and Odeonsplatz U-Bahn is 8 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Theater, Theresienwiese, and Karlsplatz - Stachus. Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) and Marienplatz are also within 1 mi (2 km). Theresienwiese U-Bahn is 6 minutes by foot and Central U-Bahn is 6 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Augustiner Keller, Theresienwiese, and Karlsplatz - Stachus. Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) and Rathaus-Glockenspiel are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hackerbrücke S-Bahn is only a 2-minute walk and Maillingerstrasse U-Bahn is 13 minutes.
This family-friendly Munich hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Town Hall of Marienplatz, and Old Pinakothek. New Pinakothek and Residenz are also within 1 mi (2 km). Central U-Bahn and Munich Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Rathaus-Glockenspiel, and Marienplatz. Hofbrauhaus and Residenz are also within 10 minutes. Lenbachplatz Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Odeonsplatz U-Bahn is 6 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gasteig, Alpines Museum, and Deutsches Museum. European Patent Office and Praterinsel are also within 15 minutes. Rosenheimer Platz Station is 6 minutes by foot and Isartor Station is 9 minutes.
Located in the center of Munich, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gasteig and Deutsches Museum. Viktualienmarkt and Hofbrauhaus are also within 1 mi (2 km). Rosenheimer Platz Station is 7 minutes by foot and Isartor Station is 10 minutes.
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