Alte Residenz in Salzburg is a historical residential palace of the Salzburg archbishops, located within the city’s old town.
The residential palace was mainly build by three of the historically most important Salzburg archbishops, Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, Markus Sittikus, and Paris Lodron.
In addition to the extraordinary exterior, the building is also impressive indoors, and especially its stately rooms, designed by Austria’s master builder Lukas von Hildbrandt between 1709-1727, are an attraction by themselves.
The stately rooms, located on the second level, are primarily used for stately events, but you can visit them using an organized tour.
Among the fine details within the interiors are also fresco paintings by J.M Rottmayr and Martino Altomonte on the second level.
The building also features a magnificent audience hall with Flemish tapestries, plus another highlight is the Imperial hall, which is surrounded by portraits of Holy Roman Empire’s rulers and Kings of the Habsburg dynasty.
Photo: A view to the Alte Residenz palace from in front of the Neue Residenz building (which houses the Salzburg Museum, www.salzburgmuseum.at), at Residenzplatz square.
Photo: Alte Residenz, also known as the Salzburger Residenz, was build between 1596-1619, but the pictured marble facade on the entrance was added as late as 1710.
Photo: On the Residenzplatz square, in front of the Alte Residenz, you can find the Residenzbrunnen water fountain, considered one of the most beautiful baroque water-fountains on the North of the Alps, with its wild horses, Atlas and Triton figures, and dolphins.
Photo: One way to get around in Salzburg old town is to travel like the historical Alte Residenz archbishops, using a horse carriage, available from in front of the Alte Residenz building (www.fiaker-salzburg.at).
Alte Residenz – Salzburg
Among the most important artworks on display are Dutch master’s works from the 17th century and the Austrian master’s pieces from the 19th century.