The history of the Munich court began when Duke Ludwig the Severe moved his court here from Landshut after the partition of Bavaria in 1255. As dukes, electors and finally kings, the Wittelsbachs developed their Residence from a small moated castle begun in 1385 to an extensive complex built around ten courtyards. For four centuries (until 1918) the Munich Residence was the seat of government and residence of the Wittelsbach dynasty. The palace spans the styles of four different centuries.
The Antiquarium is the largest Renaissance hall north of the Alps, while the symmetrical four-wing complex built by Duke Maximilian I is typical of the 17th century. The Ancestral Gallery and ‘Ornate Rooms’, designed by François Cuvilliés, are magnificent examples of the court Rococo style, and the neoclassical epoch is represented by the apartments in the Königsbau (King’s Tract, partly closed for restoration) designed by Leo von Klenze for King Ludwig I. The wall and ceiling paintings by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld in the Nibelungen Halls produced in the same period are the first monumental representations of the Nibelungenlied.
In addition to the rich accumulation of valuable furniture, paintings, sculptures, bronze work, clocks and tapestries, the museum rooms also contain numerous special collections
Munich Court Garden
The hall with a single column is suitable for receptions, banquets, exhibitions and lectures up to 150 persons.
The Max Joseph Hall is suitable for concerts, banquets, ceremonies, presentations of awards and exhibitions up to 360 persons.
The Hercules Hall is suitable for concerts, ceremonies, lectures and conferences up to 1,450 persons.
The Court Church of All Saints is suitable for classic concerts, presentations of awards, and conferences up to 399 persons.
The Bronze Halls are suitable for receptions, banquets and presentations of awards up to 80 persons.
The Cuvilliés Theatre is suitable for operas, play and ballet performances and concerts up to 509 persons.
The Comité Courtyard is suitable for receptions, concerts, banquets, ceremonies, presentations of awards up to 700 persons.
The Old Court Chapel is suitable for concerts and prayers to 135 persons.
The Fountain Courtyard is suitable for concerts, presentations of awards etc. up to 1,627 persons.
9 am-6 pm (last entry: 5 pm)
10 am-5 pm (last entry: 4 pm)
Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31
No regular guided tours
Free audio guide available in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese
9 euros regular
8 euros reduced
(Residence Museum + Treasury)
14 euros regular
12 euros reduced
(Residence Museum + Treasury + Cuvilliés Theatre)
17 euros regular
14.50 euros reduced
'Marienplatz' or 'Odeonsplatz'
Bus to 'Odeonsplatz',
tram to 'Nationaltheater'
Underground parking at 'Max-Joseph-Platz'
Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)
Bavarian State Numismatic Collection
Schumann's Bar am Hofgarten
Fax 089 29067-225
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