Residenz (Bavarian royal palace)

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Residenzstrasse 1, Munich, Germany

Residenz (Bavarian royal palace) Munich Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Definitely worth visiting Mar 05, 2010
The Residenz (“Munich Residence” in English) is the royal palace of the Wittelbachs, who are the royal family of Bavaria. It dates back to 1385, and did suffer heavy damage during World War II. It has been rebuilt, and now currently the Residenz Museum.

One of the first places to see in the palace is the Shell Grotto courtyard, which dates back to the 1580’s, trying to replicate the courtyards of ancient Rome. Unfortunately, it looked like it was under restoration work when I was there. Then to the Antiquarium, which is a long hallway with paintings and statues. Just seeing the size and the art around the area, is really impressive to see, and one of the highlights of this attraction.

But wait, there is more, which includes a tour of the various rooms in the palace. There is a part where one chooses between the long tour and short tour, with some rooms only accessible by the long tour. Which one to choose, will depend on how much time you have, and your energy level at the time.

Other things to see include the Ancestral Gallery, which is a hallway of the portraits of the Wittlebach family, plus the Ornate Chapel and Court Chapel. A closer look to the Court Chapel is only accessible by the long tour.

There is also a Treasury, which houses the royal jewels of the palace. This part requires separate admission. The jewels are really nice to see, but overpriced for a small collection, not quite a must-see in itself. Worth checking out if time and energy permits.

There is the option of a combination ticket, which includes admission to the Residenz and the Treasury, saving a few euros there. And it includes an audio guide, which was okay, but I find myself not using it all that much.

Needless to say, a visit to the Residenz Museum is a must for any visitor to Munich, as there is a lot to see in this palace. And it can be confusing as well, as one can get easily lost along the way. I would recommend, spending around 2 hours, or more if it’s raining or snowing outside.
Shell Grotto
Shell Grotto
Shell Grotto
golden statue in Shell Grotto
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WalterC says:
No problem, May!
Posted on: Dec 16, 2015
cotton_foam says:
This is is a helpful review esp those visiting the city! Thanks for sharing, Walter!
Posted on: Dec 16, 2015
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jteddyb jteddyb
8 reviews
Oct 01, 2007
The Residenz ("Residence") is the humble name given to the extravagant palace of the dukes (later kings) of Bavaria. It is full of over-the-top baroque rooms, everything covered in gold and mirrors except for the paintings drawn from German mythology and 19th-century military history. If the Residenz itself doesn't make you choke on gold and jewels, you can always pay extra for the combined ticket to visit the palace Treasury (Schatzkammer), which is part of the complex.

Note that the place where you pick up the audioguides (included) for both the Residenz and the Treasury is next to the Treasury entrance. Since I just visited the Residenz itself, I walked straight from the ticket desk to the Residenz entrance without spotting the audioguides. I saw all these people who had them, but didn't see where they got them until I left.

I should start out by saying that I am not a big fan of baroque or neoclassical art, and the vast majority of the Residenz is constructed in these styles. I marched from one orgy of precious metals, satiny furniture, and naked cherubs to another, scarcely able to tell the rooms apart. It all honestly just kind of blended together.

The saving grace of the Residenz, allowing it to merit two stars ("average") instead of one ("forgettable"), is its oldest section, built during the 16th century. Two of the most peculiar and memorable sections of the palace date from this era: the Antiquarium and the Grotto. The Antiquarium is a display hall holding an immense collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, while the Grotto is a curious decoration in one of the courtyards, a fountain constructed entirely of seashells!

The Residenz is open seven days a week, which is the main reason I went -- most of the other sites in Munich are closed on Monday. It was not a complete waste of time, but the parts of the visit I truly enjoyed were few. I had an altogether better time sitting on the patio of the Franziskaner brewery, also on Residenzstrasse.
one of the many courtyards of the …
lion on Residenzstrasse
a baroque hallway
the Antiquarium
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hdichter says:
you're such an early modernist!
Posted on: Nov 17, 2007
lauro says:
oh.. then you must try burg eltz its in rheinlad pfalz state in germany! its a castle in the middle ages-- hmm more of a fortress :D
Posted on: Nov 15, 2007
lauro says:
me too i dont like baroque! SPECIALLY rococco! its too ostentacious!
Posted on: Nov 15, 2007
FK27 FK27
55 reviews
Neuschwanstein in the City Oct 10, 1993
International visitors with a tight itinerary should visit this royal palace. Though Neuschwanstein is Germany's most famous sight, it takes 3-4 hours to reach Neuschwanstein Castle in the mountains, where the weather is often rainy. Of course, the hike to Neuschwanstein is an attraction itself, but if you have a tight itinerary (doing Europe in six days) with two days for Germany, you should visit the city palace instead. The are just a few royal palaces in Europe with such a variety of styles, since the royal palace in Berlin was demolished after World War II.
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FK27 says:
This review is a balance to the biased 2-star review below.
Posted on: Dec 07, 2014

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