Residenz
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Sn0wman
    146 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent
    The attraction consists of two separate parts – the Palace, and the Treasury (display of jewellery and artefacts) – separate and combined entry tickets are available. From the outside and the entrance area this place doesn’t look anything particularly special, but inside the opulence on display is spectacular. The Palace features numerous large wings and chapels – with each having its own style it provides variation and leaves you wondering what might be around the next corner. I picked up an audio guide at the start, but soon realised that this repeated much of the information on the boards (in German & English) and wasn’t really needed. In some areas you are given a choice between a long / short route – I choose all the long routes and it took me around 2 hours to complete at a leisurely pace. The Treasury area provides a display of magnificent royal jewellery and artefacts – here there are not so many information boards, and the audio guide is more beneficial. Everything is nicely displayed and arranged, it took me around 45 to go around – although I didn’t spend time looking at everything. Overall, highly recommended if historic splendour is your thing.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Superoger
    Sunset Hills, Missouri152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful palace, worth the visit
    Amazing beautiful palace dating back hundreds of years. It is sad that much had to be rebuilt after massive bombings during world war 2. The included audio tour gives excellent information in the rooms and their functions.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • DarylJ552
    Carlsbad, California3,405 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    INTERESTING PALACE IN MUNICH
    We drove to The Residenzmuseum and parked in their pay parking lot. The palace was the seat of government from 1508 to 1918. We saw the crown jewels, lots of furniture, dishes, tapestries and paintings. We spent 3 hours there and it wore us out with all of the walking and climbing stairs but it was worth the visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • weeezoo
    Woking, United Kingdom573 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of history
    The official residence of the German family - that's what it used to be. A self guided tour around the whole place with its many different features of original building or restoration after WWII. Very interesting but also a very long tour as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • worldtraveller99
    Greater London, United Kingdom2,709 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and huge palace
    This is a beautiful palace, especially because some parts / furnishings were replaced exactly, after WW2 bombing. We spent 5 hours here, including the Treasury, with the audio guides - and had to stop listening to every explanation otherwise we might have been there 6 hours! Every part of the palace was created in a different time period and style by different monarchs, so it is very interesting to compare them. And everything is stunning, especially the large antiquarium hall. If you keep to the "long" route, the crowds at the start thin out, and by the end only about 6 people had stayed with it! The Treasury is gorgeous, and well worth getting the combined ticket. I am very glad that we saw the other stunning palaces (Herrenchiemsee, Hohenschwangau and Nymphenburg) first, because I might have felt they were too small if we had seen them afterwards!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • denisee07
    Kihei, Hawaii114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Best 5 hours in Munich
    We underestimated the wealth and beauty of 4 hundred years of collection by the seat of German dukes and emperors. We took the "long" audio tour and we were constantly amazed by the beautifully adorned salons. Pro tip: save your cheap headsets from the Hop On Hop Off tours. You can use them with the free audio set and free your hands to take photos. If your time/money limited, skip the theatre. It was pretty but not spectacular.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Adrienn3
    Budapest, Hungary72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge, rich, informative
    Wonderful building with a huge exhibition, which presents the rich history and wealthy lifestyle of the kings and princesses. The audio guide is for free, and you can rent it next to the ticket office. I spent almost 3 hours in the museum, and the enterior and the richness was jaw dropping. There are some shortcuts during the visitor path, but it worth to keep up and visit all the open rooms. You can expect richly decorated rooms, halls, bedrooms , audience rooms, garderobe...renessaince furnitures, gold tablewares, thrones, marble, a richness which belonged to the great history of München und Bavaria.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 27, 2023
  • NancyDPA
    Horsham, Pennsylvania249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Palace
    Residenz Palace is beautiful and I think the inside was actually as beautiful as Versailles. It is the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria and the largest city palace in Germany. You can see the breathtaking architecture, room decorations, and displays from the former royal collections. The first buildings at this site were erected in the year 1385.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
  • AMD907
    Anchorage, Alaska341 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Way more than 1-2 hours
    First, the duration estimate of 1-2 is wrong if you actually want to listen to the audioguide and read the captions. Between this museum, the treasury museum and the theater (combo tickets to the three are available) I spent more than 4 hours, the majority in this part. I listened to about 1/4 of the audioguide pieces and read a similar percentage of the signage. I listened to a smaller percentage of the audioguide in the treasury. I could have stayed longer but I didn't have the time with other scheduled things that day. It is a beautiful place with a good audioguide. Give enough time to enjoy it!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written March 27, 2024
  • DesertRose
    476 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You will need more than 1-2 hours for the complete experience
    The amount of things to see here if you do the full tour including the treasury will require more than 1-2 hours which is what is recommended here. The signage is sufficient for everything but the treasury. , There, there wasn't anything explaining what we were seeing and my husband and I wished we'd gotten the audio guide.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2024
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RDCononver
Flanders, NJ1,454 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I’ve visited Munich several times over the years and somehow missed the Residenz even though it’s in the heart of the city. From the outside it’s unassuming, but interior reveals wealth, history, and a world that has passed.

Much of the building and it’s contents were destroyed during World War II and has been restored, other items are just empty highlighting what’s been lost.

I decided to just to the main self guided tour for 9 euros and spend almost 3 hours taking the long route. The great hall early in is spectacular, many of the room transport you back in time. I did skip or quickly walk through the endless rooms of table settings and vases instead looking at the art and furniture.

It was a great visit and something I’d not planned on. Well with the visit. Next time I may tour the theater and / or treasury (separate admission). Highly recommended and a great cold or rainy day activity.
Written February 8, 2020
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RedDogUK
Scotland126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This place is monumentally huge! There is so much to see it is hard to know where to begin.

Actually it was quite easy to know where to begin because a helpful member of staff pointed me in the right direction. But that isn't quite what I mean. What I mean is, it is difficult to know which bit to focus on first when writing about it, as there is so much, so very much.

I bought a ticket for the Residenz and the Treasury and made my way in following red signs. I was guided from room to ornate room dripping with paintings, furniture, tapestries and assorted royal blingery any one of which you could write a book about. After a while (and I appreciate how ignorant this makes me sound) it all starts to blur into one and I found myself thinking "I'm sure I've been in this room before." The endless complex of rooms, corridors, chambers and antechambers had me wondering if when I came out I was going to emerge in Stuttgart.

However, I made my way round what I think was most of the rooms that are open to visitors. I think there were about 16 million of them but I lost count part way. There were throne rooms (several) bed rooms (both ceremonial and for sleeping), reception rooms, a chapel, a room housing a collection of bronze statues, a room housing bizarre and unsettling religious relics, a room housing gold rings, two turtle doves and for all I know a partridge in a very royal pear tree. It's all a bit of a blur.

While my comments may sound flippant this was part of the joy of visiting this site - and it really was a joy. You could let it all wash over you and just be blown away by the scale and richness of the rooms on display.

Eventually I came to the end and noticed that I had done the tour without the benefit of the free audio guides. So I did it again.

Occasionally I found myself standing back unable to decide if a room made mostly out of gold was either the most beautiful room I had ever seen or the most hideous. However, the one thing I was always sure about is that I wouldn't like to dust it.

If you're in Munich and have a two or three months to kill you really must visit the Residenz. I have never been anywhere like it.
Written March 2, 2020
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tingdiver
Singapore, Singapore604 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
The Residenz's staggering opulence needs to be seen to be believed. It is massive and I would say rivals Buckingham Palace in terms of grandeur if much of it wasn't destroyed during the 2 World Wars. I was fascinated by the scale of the detail decor in every room-- a mix of baroque, gothic and other European styles that don't always work. A shame that unlike the British monarchy, the Bavarian dynasties aren't as well known and thus their stories don't hold the same enamour. Also like most tours of massive size, rooms all start looking the same after a while leading to some fatigue. It doesn't help that we went during winter and there wasn't good heating in the building.

There are free audio guides and would recommend you do this over a couple of days at least and maybe in warmer weather.
Written December 4, 2022
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA9,550 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The Munich Residence has been open to the public as a museum since 1920 and is one of the most important palace museums in Europe.

The architecture and interior furnishings are of high artistic and material quality. The exquisite decorations of the rooms, furnitures, paintings, tapestries, treasures are still in the place it was originally created for.
Written January 18, 2020
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Michelle
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited the Residenz the day after we visited Nymphenburg Palace, which is a lot of Baroque style to take in in a short amount of time. The palace is beautiful, though as much of Germany was bombed during WWII, much of the Residenz is a replication as opposed to the original building. The building itself is beautiful inside, with ornate paintings, ceilings, furniture, and more.

Unless you absolutely love Baroque style, try to schedule this at least 48 hours before or after Nymphenburg Palace, as it feels repetitive if you see them too close together.
Written January 3, 2020
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Eva V
Sydney, Australia142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
If you are into Baroque, this would be a great place to see. Unfortunately most of it was destroyed in WWII, so what you see is a great reconstruction job (which by the way has been done beautifully), but unfortunately very little of the original palace, it’s furnishings and art have survived. It is, however, still very nice to see.

There are 130+ rooms to see plus the treasury. We only had two hours to spare, so skipped the treasury (you can buy tickets for both together or separately at The Residenz, but not online). Two hours was not enough to do justice to the palace and we had to skip the audio guide too. So I would recommend 3 to 4 hours to do this place justice.

Audio guides are available for free with the ticket, but if you are on express visit, you can get by reading fairly well done signage which is in every room in German and English.
Written January 31, 2020
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Connie M
Warrington, PA157 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Residenz was rebuilt after WW2 so most of what you see is from the 1940's and 50's. The tour is self-guided and is supposed to take you through 133 rooms. The rooms are beautiful and some of the furniture is exquisite but after a while, it all starts to blur together. The posted closing time of 5PM was deceiving- at 4:20 they had already started closing up rooms and by 4:40 the guards told everyone to go down to the exit. The line to collect our checked bags was ridiculously long- there was only 1 person there and many people in line did not speak German or English. We had planned to go back a second day to see the Treasury and all the rooms we were not able to see but decided it was not worth it.
Written January 17, 2020
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wiggypig
Hastings, UK31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Note the theatre only opens at 2pm Mon to Sat if you want to see this. They only take cash for tickets and there were long queues on Saturday. Staff are quite stressy. Signposts are non-existant so it's tricky to find the bits you want in a big open complex of buildings and you have to go back out onto the street to progress from one part to the next. Apparently you are not allowed to miss a bit out so we were forced to walk for an hour through endless gold plated bedrooms when we wanted just to go to the Treasury, because once you're in you must follow the route right round and cannot turn back. If you like old furniture and paintings, you'll love it. You must get an audio guide (which they don't give you at the ticket desk, you have to collect it elsewhere) because the written labels are only in German. Worth a visit to the Antiquarium for the utterly bonkers decorations!
Written November 12, 2022
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The "Residenz" is the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria. Today it is open to visitors for its architecture, room decorations, and displays from the former royal collections. There are several separate museums inside the Residenz. You can buy a cumulative ticket, or separate tickets for each museum: I only visited the Schatzkammer (the Treasury): this review is related to this part only.

Entrance to the Schatzkammer is from Max-Joseph-Platz 3.

The Schatzkammer is a sequence of 10 halls, housing the jewels of the Wittelsbach dynasty. The collection spans 1000 years from the early Middle Ages to Neo-classicism. Royal insignia, crowns, swords, goblets, goldsmith works, rock crystal, ivory work, icons and numerous other treasures like precious tableware and toiletries are visible here.
Written November 12, 2022
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Irina V
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The museum itself is amazing, so majestic and worth seeing. You should definitely book the whole day for the visit and come as early as possible if you want to look around and listen to all audio available.
But note that service is absolutely terrible there, you cannot buy tickets online and the guards made us stand in the queue in front of the museum in pouring rain even though there was some space in the hall. At the ticket desk the guy first gave me the tickets to the museum only, without treasury, though I specifically noted that I wanted combined tickets for both. It was possible to change only due to the fact that I checked the tickets right at the desk. The cashier started grumble discontentedly, but changed the tickets.
The cloakroom attendant was even worse as he threw our wet coats together with backpacks on the floor instead of hanging them. Unpleasant block.
Also, note that you exit the museum right to the street and you have to walk a few metres to the main entrance and the cloakroom. It's not a problem unless it's pouring outside like on the day of my visit.
Written June 4, 2024
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