The Bishop has lived on Residence (Residenzplatz) since the Middle Ages. And it’s a square that has lots to offer. Today’s residence as it looks now was completed in around the 16th century. Salzburg’s Archbishops at that time had three large courtyards and around 180 rooms to choose from. However, this just wasn’t enough for Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, so he planned the New Residence (‘Neue Residenz’) on the opposite side of the square. This new build was intended to serve as a new residence as well as accommodation for guests, but he decided a few years after the new building was completed to keep the ‘Old Residence’ (‘Alte Residenz’) as his home.
… which was awarded the European Museum Prize in 2009. The Alte Residenz’s Toskana-Trakt is now home to the law faculty of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. The flamboyant rooms of the Old Residence are opened to the public daily. An audio guide is available to guide you through the home of Salzburg’s Archbishops. You can also take part in group tours in both the new and the old bishop residences.
One of the most important Baroque memorials in Europe is located between the New Residence and the Old Residence: the Residence fountain (Residenzbrunnen). It’s the central point of Residence (Residenzplatz). From the end of November, small stalls and stands from Salzburg’s Christmas Market surround the fountain. There are events at the Residence (Residenzplatz) all year round: from rock and pop concerts, folk festivals and markets to live viewings of football matches, there’s something for everyone.
The Altstadthotel Kasererbräu is just around five minutes’ walk from the Residence. Send us a no-obligation booking request for your unforgettable stay in Salzburg.