The Residence – A Wittelsbach Palace

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© Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung (Photo: UIrich Pfeuffer)

The Residenz, or Residence in Munich, is a former royal palace.

The first building on this site dates from the 14th century and was more of a fortress surrounded by a moat. Construction continued into the 15th century under Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria. The foundation walls and cellar still exist to this day. Over the next four centuries, the Residence developed into an enormous palace with different styles.

The palace suffered immense damage during the Second World War. Most of the rooms were reconstructed, but some of the buildings were rebuilt in a simpler style.

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The Hall of Antiquities © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung
(Photo: UIrich Pfeuffer)
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The Ancestral Gallery © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung
(Photo: Toni Schneider)
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The Queen’s Salon © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung
(Photo: Maria Custodis/ Andrea Hetzenecker)

The Residence is currently open to the public, and you’ll need an entire day to visit everything. You can also find the treasury here, which is well worth a visit, with several crowns related to royal women.

Although one can only applaud the reconstruction done after the Second World War, the Residence feels rather grand but lifeless. Information is readily available on signs in German and English; you do not need an audio guide.

In contrast to the grand palace is the absolutely tiny gift shop and ticket desk. This seems like a missed opportunity.

The Residence is easy to reach as public transport stops in front of it.

Plan your visit here.

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My name is Moniek and I am from the Netherlands. I began this website in 2013 because I wanted to share these women's amazing stories.

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