Residenz

Residenz information

Location
Salzburg , Austria
Address
Residenzplatz 1
More information
www.residenzgalerie.at
Prices
combined ticket state rooms & gallery adult/child €9/3
Opening hours
10am-5pm
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Nowhere is the pomp and circumstance of Salzburg more tangible than at the regal Residenz. A man of grand designs, Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, prince-archbishop of Salzburg from 1587 to 1612, gave the go-ahead to build this baroque palace on the site of an 11th-century bishop’s residence. The prince-archbishops held court here until Salzburg became part of the Habsburg Empire in the 19th century.

An audioguide tour takes in the exuberant state rooms , a hotchpotch of baroque and neoclassical styles, which are lavishly adorned with tapestries, stucco and frescoes by Johann Michael Rottmayr.

Admission also covers the Residenz Galerie . Here the focus is on Flemish and Dutch masters, with must-sees such as Rubens’ Allegory on Emperor Charles V and Rembrandt’s chiaroscuro Old Woman Praying . Thomas Ender’s alpine landscapes and Heinrich Bürkel’s Salzburg scenes are among the 19th-century standouts.