Munich sights 6

The Residenz's Königsbau

The Residenz's Königsbau

The Residenz
The Residenz, not far from the Hofbräuhaus, was the former royal residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings.

A mix of styles
The complex of buildings consists of ten courtyards and 130 rooms bulit over a period of five centuries.

The Imperial staircase

The Imperial staircase

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The three main parts are the Königsbau (near the Max-Joseph-Platz), the Alte Residenz (towards the Residenzstraße) and the Festsaalbau towards the Hofgarten).

The Residenz grew over the centuries and combines the styles of the late Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Classicism.

Dates from 1385
The first buildings on this site were erected in 1385. The dimensions of the buildings seen today are from the era of Ludwig I of Bavaria, who instructed his architect Leo von Klenze to build the Königsbau, the Festsaalbau and the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche in the style of the Florentine Palazzo Pitti.

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The Residenz from the Hofgarten side

The Residenz from the Hofgarten side

Golden treasures
The Schatzkammer (treasure chamber) contains some unique goldsmith’s works of art from the Middle Ages through to the Classicist era.

Open daily 9am-6pm April to mid-October, 10am-4pm during the winter.  Admission €6 (2005), with free audio guide (in English).

Websiste of ‘Bavarian palaces, castles and residence’

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