i booked a rather spontaneous weekend trip to munich at the end of november. while it was a few days too early for the christmas markets i still managed to see many of the highlights, my favourite of which was the residenz. the münchner residenz is the former royal palace and is the largest city palace in germany (thanks wikipedia). it hosts a lovely garden, several courtyards with fountains (covered at the moment for the winter), and what my friend gráinne likes to refer to as “gilded room after gilded room after gilded room”. which is accurate.

my favourite room within the residenz was the grottenhof, also known as the “shell grotto” as the walls and statues are decorated with seashells. the grotto courtyard is home to a copy of the fountain figure of perseus (c. 1585/90) by hubert gerhard and the original statue is in a special exhibition hall within the residenz. i’ve seen the bronze cast of this statue a million times in the cast courts of the victoria & albert museum in london, and the original was at the top of my munich must-see list.


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