Pompous rooms and galleries in the historic city of Salzburg
The medieval bishops' residence was given today's magnificent early Baroque appearance at the end of the 16th century.
The building referred to as the New Building of the Residenz is located across from the Residenz.
The Residence today
Salzburg's Residenz, situated in the heart of the city, is an extensive complex of buildings, containing some 180 rooms and three spacious courtyards.
Here the prince archbishops of Salzburg held court and controlled the destiny of their country up to the 19th century.
Today the Residenz is the venue for official receptions, meetings and international conventions. Open to the public: the State Rooms of the Residenz - formerly used by Salzburg's prince archbishops as reception rooms and living quarters - as well as the Residenz Gallery with its fabulous collection of paintings by European artists of the 16th - 19th centuries.
The history of the Salzburg Residence
The Residenz is entered from Residenz Square through a large marble portal bearing the coat of arms of the prince archbishops Wolf Dietrich, Paris Lodron and Franz Anton Harrachs.
The prince bishops often invited guests to a concert performance in the Rittersaal.
Today concerts (Salzburg Palace Concerts) are still performed in this hall because of its excellent acoustics.
Rooms and halls in the Salzburg Residence
Other halls in the Residenz are the Conference Room or Ratszimmer (Councillors' Room), where Mozart performed his first court concert at the age of six, the Antecamera, the Audience Hall, the most magnificent hall of the Residenz and the most dominating of the archiepiscopal state rooms, symbolizing the power and the magnitude of the ecclesiastical and secular principality and its absolutistic administration.
Also noteworthy are the Arbeitszimmer (Study), the Schreibzimmer and Schatullenzimmer (Writing Room and Privy Room), the Bedroom, the Gallery (cornerstone for the present-day Residence Gallery), the Throne Room, the White Hall or Markus Sittikus Hall, the Green Room and the Emperor's Hall, formerly called the Emperor's Chamber, adorned by portraits of the kings and emperors of the Habsburg Dynasty.