Salzburg’s 16th-century sprawling Residenz with 180 rooms and three courtyards housed the city’s archbishops. The original palace was constructed in the 13th century, but was vastly enlarged and renovated later on.
The staterooms are crowded with an impressive array of frescos, paintings, fireplaces, stoves and tapestries that represent Renaissance, Classical and – my favorite – Baroque periods.
The tour through the staterooms becomes more and more ornate.
Mozart performed in the Knights’ Hall at age 11 and in the Konferenzsaal at age 6.
Other parts of the building house a museum, Residenz Gallery, part of Paris Lodron University and faculty offices for the University of Salzburg.
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residenzplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg