By now, if you have followed my blog you know that I find Rick Steves to be an excellent European tour guide with an excellent HD video accompanying almost every one of his tours.
On this tour Rick takes us through a different kind of “castle” or “palace” in Munich called The Residenz.
It doesn’t have impressive walls or towering spires but it is an impressive complex with a rich history dating back to the late fourteenth century.
Enjoy your tour.
per Wikipedia (excerpted)
The Munich Residenz (Münchner Residenz, Munich Residence) is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs of the House of Wittelsbach in the centre of the city of Munich, Germany. The Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany and is today open to visitors for its architecture, room decorations, and displays from the former royal collections.
The complex of buildings contains ten courtyards and displays 130 rooms. The three main parts are the Königsbau (near the Max-Joseph-Platz), the Alte Residenz (Old Residenz; towards the Residenzstraße) and the Festsaalbau (towards the Hofgarten). A wing of the Festsaalbau contains the Cuvilliés Theatre since the reconstruction of the Residenz after World War II. It also houses the Herkulessaal (Hercules Hall), the primary concert venue for the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Byzantine Court Church of All Saints (Allerheiligen-Hofkirche) at the east side is facing the Marstall, the building for the former Court Riding School and the royal stables.
There is MUCH more Wikipedia detail on the history, architecture and inhabitants of the Residenz and several more high quality images at this link:
This YouTube video is a very good visual and narration tour Rick Steves as our guide.
Do you wonder how many servants were employed to cook, clean and manage this fabulous, huge “residence”.
That’s one of the first things that popped into my mind!
Seriously, if you ever get to Munich, Germany, by all means take time to tour this unique place.
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Thanks! – Dick S