Matt and I went all over Austria and Bavaria during our honeymoon, and our last stop was Munich! There is so much to see and do in Munich, and I can’t wait to go back to see more of the sights. One of the places we visited was Residenz, a historic palace in the heart of Munich. I didn’t know much about it before I visited, but there is SO much to see inside! If you want to take a tour of Residenz when you’re in Munich, I highly recommend it, and this is what you can see in the beautiful palace 🙂
Tour of Residenz in Munich
The exterior of Residenz is not very ornate, but don’t let that fool you! The inside has lots of ornate gold filigree and beautiful paintings. You can see the residence and museum for 9 euros, and you can also see the treasury for 9 euros or see everything for 14 euros.
We were there during the summer on a Friday, and there were quite a few people there but surprisingly, it wasn’t too crowded! If you want to avoid the bigger crowds, I would recommend going earlier in the day.
The most famous room in Residenz is this hall, and it is absolutely beautiful. I recommend taking some time to really walk through the hall and take in all the paintings on the ceilings and statues on the walls. If you want a picture without anyone in the hall, you either need to go when there’s no one else or time it perfectly! It took many tries before I got a picture with only a few people off to the side.
History of Residenz
Residenz started being built in 1385 as a castle, and it changed a lot over the centuries. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, it was the seat of government, and dukes and kings lived there. The art and artifacts in Residenz start from the Renaissance period and span to the Baroque and Neoclassicism as the palace was built up and expanded. It was damaged during WWII, but it has been reconstructed since.
I loved the variety of decor all throughout Residenz! As you can see, there is a LOT to see in Residenz. I didn’t even photograph every room, and I still took a ton of photos. We probably spent an hour and a half here, but we went through it pretty quickly because we were on a schedule. You could probably spend around four hours here if you wanted to take your time and take everything in.
The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was that it felt like a maze and I had no idea how many more rooms we had to go through or where we were in the layout of the house. We weren’t given a map and I don’t remember seeing any when we got our tickets, but if they have them, be sure to get one!
If you’re looking for things to do in Munich, I highly recommend taking a tour of Residenz! As you can see, it’s a gorgeous palace, and you could spend hours taking it all in 🙂