Munich Residenz: Lavish Interiors

Munich Residenz (Part 1):


Today I am going to take your on a visual journey through the ornate rooms of the Munich Residenz.  I have been to Munich several times, for Oktoberfest, shopping, restaurants, and partying at the Hofbrauhaus (which is a large beer hall and mini Oktoberfest in itself ).  But I had been wanting to visit the Munich Redidenz to view and photograph the inside of the Residenz.  We actually tried to see it months before but had shown up a few minutes too late.  But when I found out that I could take pictures of the inside, (without flash) I knew I had to return.  The tour comes with an audio guide in English.


There are 130 rooms in the Residenz and many of them have been built and rebuilt over centuries time.  Inside the Residenz you can see many styles of archticture including Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neo-Classicism.  But lets be honest, I was here for the Rococo.  Much of the Residenz was destroyed during WW II and had to be rebuilt by photographs.

Below is the shell grotto, created entirely out of real shells.





Apparently when the fountain was in working order the mermaid's breast spouted water (and I've also read red wine?)






Hall of portraits below.  Check out the gold detailing on the walls!






Royal family tree.





It's hard to see from this picture but behind the glass there was royal China and dishes.





Below you will find one of the many statues of Perseus who is holding the head of Medusa that he has just slain.  As the story goes, he was the one able to slay her because he did "not look into her eyes."



And below we have Triton (in human form) who is the Greek messenger of the sea.




Here we can see the relic room with centuries old artifacts.




This box holds the coffin of a royal infant.



The Antiquitarium  below is the oldest room in the Munich Residenz and it was Duke Albrect V that had it built beginning in 1568.




One of the chapels.












Since there were 130 rooms, there were plenty I have not explored yet.  I had taken so many pictures so far that I had to break my tour of the Munich Residenz into two parts.  On my next post, I will take you on a journey through the many rooms housing the German Rococo furniture.  It is a delirious trip through room after room of opulence.  Be sure to check it out!

Out of the styles that you can see in the Residenz (Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neo-Classicism) what is your favorite style?










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25 comments :

  1. BEE-YOOOOOO-TI-FULL!!! How amazing is all that gold? I feel like I'm a magpie ;)

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  2. Hi Brittany, I can't wait to read the details. I love Munich.

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  3. Um, JAW DROPPING!!! This is seriously the most elaborate interior I have seen in a long, long time. Gorgeous!

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  4. what that is over the top, love the grotto

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  5. Tis very ornate - just everywhere!

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  6. What can I say except totally amazing and unreal. Thanks for the tour. Thanks also for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  7. I don't know what words to use, Magnificent and Beautiful are a couple. I could spend a day in just one of those rooms looking at all that beauty, how exhilarating! Amazing this was not destroyed or plundered during the War(s).

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    1. A lot of it was destroyed but rebuilt and refinished but thankfully they were able to restore the beauty. I'm not quite sure what exactly are the replicas. Thanks for reading Cynthia.

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  8. Hmmm I guess I'll have to pay a visit to my friends in Munich soon because I totally missed this place. Thank you for sharing your finds :)

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  9. I've not visited this particular site in Munich, but when/if I return it will have to go on my list of places to go. Such opulence always provides such eye candy.

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  10. Wow, this is truly ornate. All that gold! I didn't realize how big that Antiquitariam was until I saw that the people in the photo are kind of small.

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  11. Thank you for sharing so many pictures of all these gorgeous rooms and antiques. The portraits painted onto the walls with the ornate gold "oromolu" framing has definitely inspired some paper art for me. Thank you for sharing with Inspired Sunday at Sunday View!

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    1. Yay, glad you are inspired! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  12. Wow. I am so jealous. I wish I could be over there looking at all that. It's amazing. Maybe one day I will see it.

    Thanks for linking up with Weekends Reads. Hope to see you again.

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  13. Oh my goodness, this place is unreal! Especially that shell grotto. I've been to a few random grottoes in the Midwest (strangely, Iowa and Wisconsin have some) but they were definitely not as spectacular as this one. Amazing!

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  14. WOW!!! That looks absolutely incredible!

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  15. Gorgeous! My husband and I spent a very short amount of time in Munich, but we loved what we saw and would like to get back and spend more time there.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    http://acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  16. Yes, we were just there in May and it is really a beautiful place. Your pictures are great!

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  17. Oh Brittany, I love all the details you captured! Esp that mermaid fountain Thank you for linking up with me for Travel Tuesdays!

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose an expat lifestyle blog

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-Brittany Ruth