With its 130 rooms open to the public, gardens, treasure rooms with metals and precious stones and its splendid theater, the Munich residence it is one of the most important palaces in Europe. Let yourself be carried away by the charm of court life by visiting this splendid palace in the center of Monaco of Bavaria.
- Hours and prices
- What to see and how to visit the Munich Residence
- Where is it and how to get there
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Hours and prices
- from April to mid-October from 9 to 18; from mid-October to March from 10 to 17.
- € 7,00 for the Residenzmuseum - € 7,00 for the Treasury - € 3,50 for the Cuvilliés Theater. The combined ticket ResidenzMuseum + Tesoro costs € 11,00; the combined ticket ResidenzMuseum + Treasury + Cuvilliés Theater what € 13,00.
- Reductions: for over 65 years and students the prices are € 6,00 for the Residence Museum - € 6,00 for the Treasury - € 2,50 for the Cuvilliés Theater. The ResidenzMuseum + Tesoro combined ticket costs € 9,00; the combined ticket ResidenzMuseum + Treasury + Cuvilliés Theater what € 10,50.
- Free: free admission for under 18s
What to see and how to visit the Munich Residence
The visit to the royal palace of Munich cannot but start from the Residenzmuseum: a complex of 90 rooms, which contain all the testimonies of the life and activity of the rulers of Bavaria.
During this tour you will have the opportunity to visit: Court church, today concert hall, prince's apartments, Precious Rooms, complex of six rooms frescoed by François Cuvilliés, Gallery of the Ancestors, in which the portraits of Bavarian rulers are exhibited, Reichekapelle, chapel famous for its sixteenth-century organ, Stone room, room in the Rococo style. L' antiquarium it is the oldest room in the residence, and certainly also the most beautiful. Huge hall 66 meters long, the hall was used by Duke Albert V to exhibit his collection of ancient statues: his successors decided that the hall would be more suitable for pursuing other purposes, and transformed it into a party hall.
At the end of the visit to the Residenzmuseum you can go and admire the court treasure kept in the Schatzkammer, where more than 1200 precious objects are exhibited, including a gold toothpick and the royal crown. If the day allows, you can then take the opportunity to visit the elegant Italian gardens of the palace - admission is free - embellished with fountains, statues, flower beds and pavilions.
Another important attraction of the royal residence is the Cuvilliés Theater, which owes its name to its builder, and is considered to be the most beautiful Rococo theater in Europe. During the 1781 Carnival, the theater hosted the premiere of Mozart's opera "Idomeneo", composed for Elector Karl Theodor.
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: from Marienplatz go northeast towards Dienerstraße, Turn left and take Dienerstraße, Continue on Residenzstraße for 400 meters, turn right: after about 150 meters Residenz will be visible on the right Get directions
- By bus: 100 stop "Odeonsplatz"
- By metro: line U3, U6 stop "Odeonsplatz"
- Tram: 19 "Nationaltheater"
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance when the gates open
- Buy the city card: by purchasing the CityTourCard, you can take advantage of free public transport and visits at a discounted price.
- Watch out for restrictions: Entrance tickets can only be purchased at the cash desk, and paid for either in cash or with a card: EC, EUROCARD, MasterCard and VISA. It is not allowed to bring backpacks or bulky items into the Residence. For conservation reasons, it is not possible to enter the Museum of the Residence and the Treasury with strollers: you will have to take advantage of the free ones available at the entrance. Food and drinks cannot be brought into the museum area, except for plastic bottles up to 0,5 l. It is not possible to enter the structure with animals, and it is not possible to leave them in the custody of anyone. Access is allowed only to the garden, as long as they are kept on a leash.
- Minimum time: at least two hours for the visit to the Residenzmuseum alone, three and a half hours for the entire complex
- Architectural barriers: inside the Royal Palace of Monaco there are several architectural barriers, which can make the visit difficult for the handicapped. Staff are available to accompany you, but there may be waiting times of half an hour or more. There are no disabled toilets in the museum area.
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
Different artistic styles meet within what is considered one of the largest and most sumptuous Royal Palaces in the world. Located in the city center, it was for centuries the pinnacle of power, first hosting the Dukes, then the Electors and finally the Kings of Bavaria, who lived there until the fall of the monarchy.
Built on a Gothic fortress from 1385, the Neuveste, the Palace has undergone a series of extensions and renovations, which have resulted in its articulation in three different buildings:the Konigsbau, the Maximilianische Residenz and the Festsaalbau.
The building was heavily damaged during the Second World War, of the 24 thousand square meters of the roof only 50 remained intact, and it was faithfully rebuilt in the following years even if some apartments, frescoes and jewels have been irretrievably lost.