Tour of Residenz: A Beautiful Palace in Munich You Can’t Miss!

February 17, 2020 12 Comments

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

Tour of Residenz: A Beautiful Palace in Munich You Can't Miss!

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. 

Residenz in Munich

Residenz in Munich

Garden in Residenz in Munich

Garden in Residenz in Munich

Seashell artwork in Residenz in Munich

This is made entirely of shells!

Seashell artwork in Residenz in Munich

Great hall in Residenz in Munich

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. 

Great hall in Residenz in Munich

Golden artwork on ceiling in Residenz

Golden hallway in in Residenz

Golden room in in Residenz

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. 

Historic relics in museum

Chapel in Residenz

Blue and gold ceiling in Residenz

Tapestry room in Residenz

Gold ceiling with artwork in Munich

Ornate doors in Residenz in Munich

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! 

Gold ceiling with artwork in palace in Munich

Gold ceiling with paintings in Munich

Red marble desk in Residenz

Music room in Residenz in Munich

Harpsichord in Residenz

Ornate gold doors in Residenz in Munich

Gold doors in Residenz

Can you tell that I loved all the doorways?

Doorways in Residenz in Munich

Red and gold ballroom in Residenz

Red and gold canopy over throne

Historic red and gold room in Residenz

Room with red velvet wallpaper

Small red and gold room in Residenz

Gold room with mirrors in Residenz

Red velvet canopy bed

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 🙂 

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  1. Reply

    Ashleigh Hogan

    February 21, 2020

    Oh wow, this looks incredible!! !00% going on my next trip to Germany

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      February 22, 2020

      I hope you love it! 🙂

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    February 21, 2020

    Love this post about what to do in Munich. What a great honeymoon you had!

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      April 30, 2020

      It really was awesome!

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    February 20, 2020

    Ohhhh, I cannot get enough of the floors! And the little red stool at the end of the hall, I think I could sit myself on top of that and think about life for awhile. I am actually visiting Munich for a business trip at the end of May and will have an extra day, this seems like a nice spot to visit!

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      February 20, 2020

      You should definitely spend extra time in Munich! There’s so much to take in!

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    Shafinah Neville

    February 20, 2020

    That room made entirely of shells is SO STUNNING! 😍😍😍

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      February 20, 2020

      Right?? It was so cool to see in person!

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    Bernara • In Her Stories

    February 19, 2020

    Thanks for such detailed post. It is helpful to know this place is worth visiting while in Munich!

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      February 19, 2020

      It’s so worth the visit!!

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    Retha the Roaming Nanny

    February 19, 2020

    I had not idea this was in Munich! I’m headed there in September and will be added this to my list of things to do.

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      February 19, 2020

      I hope you can visit it! It’s such an amazing place in Munich!



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