Doors, lots of doors.  That is to be expected in a palace that takes up acres of space.  Munich Residenz not only has lots of doors, it has an incredible variety of them.  So much so that, when I came back to look at my photos, at times I wondered if it were only doors that had caught my eye.

Munich Residenz: doors

Every time we return from a beach holiday we are faced with the problem of what to do with all the shells that we have collected on our travels.  The Bavarian royal family obviously faced the same problem.  They solved their shell dilemma by commissioning a shell grotto, every surface is encrusted with them including the door.


After the shells, the doors became more conventionally palace-like.  This particularly fine white and gold one fitted in perfectly with all the chandeliers.

Munich residenz

Little and large marquetry doors lead into a room with an incredibly fancy ceiling, I love the way that you can see another inlaid door at the far end of the room.  What the Junior CW’s wanted to do here was to take off their shoes and ‘skate’ across the floor.  Thankfully all feet remained shod and no gliding took place or else I might have felt compelled to join in.

Munich Residenz

You know how, when you have somebody coming to stay, suddenly your spare room looks a bit shabby and you feel moved to get busy with the paintbrush.  Well the same happens if you are King and the Emperor decides to visit.  The stone rooms inlaid with a dazzling selection of precious stones were completed for an imperial visit, the door frame here is just the beginning.

Munich Residenz

All those crowns and diamond necklaces need to be kept somewhere where better than in a walk in safe behind a very thick door this door.


Max-Joseph Platz, Munich

Admission: €7 adults, children free

Open: April-October 9am-6pm, November-March 10-5

Whilst we were in Munich we discovered that you can visit Munich Beer Gardens with Children, gazed open mouthed at the opulent Asamkirche and marvelled at motor cars at BMW World.

Suitcases and Sandcastles


  1. October 9, 2016 / 12:23 am

    Love those first three doors – what a beautiful designs. That last door looks like it does a good job at keeping the jewels safe – when it’s shut at least! πŸ™‚

    • October 9, 2016 / 12:24 am

      Ladt one not so fancy but very thick!

  2. October 9, 2016 / 1:45 am

    What a great look at something you could quite easily over look. That safe door is really not for messing with!

    • October 9, 2016 / 1:48 pm

      I do like to take pictures of details but was stunned at just how many door shots there were!

  3. October 9, 2016 / 9:26 am

    What beautiful doors – I especially like the second photo from the top.

  4. October 9, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Blimey, they really do doors, don’t they? Some of the most opulent I’ve seen. Looks like a fab place to visit (aside from the no sliding) πŸ™‚ #MySundayPhoto.

    • October 9, 2016 / 1:48 pm

      Rest of the building is pretty good too!

  5. October 9, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Lovely pics. I like the white and gold the best. #mysundayphoto

  6. October 9, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Haha I love your sons thinking. I would have liked to have slid across the floors too. Those doors are absolutely beautiful. So stunning!

  7. bavariansojourn
    October 9, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    It’s quite a building isn’t it? Never sure about whether I like the shell grotto or not though, it’s just slightly odd! Great photos! πŸ™‚

    • October 9, 2016 / 8:08 pm

      The she’ll grotto has provided me with a use for the many she’ll collected on beach holidays ….. Now all I need is a grotto!

  8. October 9, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    I love doors, I think they speak volumes about what lies behind. The shell one is so beautiful & intricate, well they all are! #MySundayPhoto

  9. October 10, 2016 / 11:38 pm

    We need a shell grotto. I once saw a wall of a house with shells set in plaster on all over it. I was tempted.

  10. October 11, 2016 / 11:06 am

    If only I had seen this post a looong time ago I would have gone a lot sooner. I only just saw the Residenz this last Spring and it was amazing! I loved it and all the chandeliers! #CityTripping

  11. October 11, 2016 / 11:51 am

    How lovely! I’m a great fan of doors and windows and especially enjoyed this post #CityTripping

  12. aandj8804
    October 11, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Those doors are beautiful! πŸ™‚

  13. October 11, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    Great themed post – I really enjoyed this! Although it does make me wonder…. Why did I not think of visiting here when I was in Munich last year? Looks like I really missed something. Thanks for the inspiration for next time. #citytripping

  14. Ruth
    October 12, 2016 / 2:51 am

    Whoa! Those are some great looking windows. I didn’t know about Munich Residenz. I will keep the place in mind since my husband wants to visit Germany.

  15. October 12, 2016 / 5:47 am

    The shell grotto, with its door inlaid with shells, is exquisite. Thanks for sharing #CityTripping

  16. October 13, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Wow, those are amazing – I would be snapping away too. It’s incredibly the detail and intricacy you find in the everyday like doors sometimes (not that this is a particularly everyday place!). There was definitely a bit of a fad for shell grottos at one point wasn’t there – I can’t decide if I rather like them or if they’re slightly weird… Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    • October 13, 2016 / 11:42 pm

      I like them but in other people’s houses!

  17. October 15, 2016 / 7:20 am

    There’s something quite fascinating about doors especially ones as ornate as these. The safe though is something else! #citytripping

  18. tracycollins2016
    October 15, 2016 / 7:56 am

    The doors are amazing! I can see why they caught your eye! I returned from Italy recently to find I had taken loads of pictures of door knockers – they were totally amazing!! I have yet to travel to Munich but will definitely visit the Munich residenz when I do!

    • October 15, 2016 / 10:30 am

      I took a door knocker shot this week but just the one!

  19. January 5, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Now those are some doors! I think my favourite is the white and gold one. Very beautiful. I need to see what the rest of the rooms look like now.

    • January 5, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      Will write a more conventional post soon!

  20. January 5, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    So how many doors? How many? Now I’m curious! I actually love the shell one. Can you imagine doing that in your own home! I have to laugh at the door obsession though as it reminds me of my husbands collection of door knockers from literally EVERY DOOR in Italy. Or so it felt like as we were constantly waiting for him! Haha! Thanks for sharing with the first #FarawayFiles of 2017 – we’re happy to have you as an engaged member of the community! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

    • January 5, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      More than I could count! I wasn’t even aware of my obsession until I looked back at the photos!

  21. January 5, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    I’m totally just picturing royals traipsing along a beach picking up shells now πŸ˜‰

    • January 5, 2017 / 11:42 pm

      With their trouser legs rolled up and crowns slightly askew

  22. Clare Thomson
    January 6, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Ooh I love all those beautiful doors and such a great idea to focus your post on this. Now you must put me and Erin out of our misery – how many doors were there? You know we’re expecting you to have counted them, don’t you? You may have to revisit… Thanks so much for sharing this on #FarawayFiles

  23. January 6, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    It’s so funny that you linked up to this on #farawayfiles this week! I was just here on Wednesday and looked through my pictures and lo and behold I have a TON of pictures of the doors. It really is a beautiful place!

    • January 6, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      What a coincidence! I’m glad that I’m not the only one o have got carried away! We loved Munich, it was perfect for a short week with two teen boys.

  24. January 7, 2017 / 9:47 am

    They sure didn’t go for minimalism did they? I can just imagine the “ta dahhh!” moment when they were opened. I appreciate the times when people spent so much effort on a single door. Seems we just cant be bothered these days and it is a real shame. Thanks for sharing the beautiful doors of Munich with us on #FarawayFiles Catherine

  25. January 7, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I’m afraid I would have taken off my shoes and gone sliding! Great doors! #farawayflies

    • January 7, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      I confess that I once did in the Marble Hall at the New Palace in Potsdam, you had to wear cloth over shoes and it would have been rude not to!

  26. December 9, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Ohh! I might have liked to slide across those shiny floors myself! #farawayfiles

  27. Clare Thomson
    December 11, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Just love all the detail on these doors. I’d agree that it would make a brilliant floor to slide on! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  28. December 11, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    Fun idea for a post! Amazing details – love the first shell one. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

    • December 12, 2017 / 1:46 pm

      It must have taken an age to collect all the shells!

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