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Münchner Kaiserburg. Imperial Castle in Munich



Alter Hof 1
80331 München


Gallery Hours

Mo.-Sa. 10.00-18.00, sonn- und feiertags geschlossen
accessible with help

The legend of the monkey tower brings many visitors to the Alter Hof. To venture beyond the legend and learn about the medieval background of the city history you have to go through the Infopoint for Museums and Palaces in Bavaria and enter one of the oldest rooms in Munich. The fortress wall of the late Gothic vaulted hall is revealed as a cross section which, like the first city wall, dates to the year 1200.  The Imperial Castle in Munich exhibit brings rocky relics and other artifacts together through a multi-media presentation which captures the history of this site.
The early construction phases of Munich’s first royal residence for the House Wittelsbach unfold through this 3-D presentation.  Numerous descriptive illustrations describe the life of Ludwig IV, who as Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian helped escort the Alter Hof through its time of glory in the 14th century.  The 7-minute show begins at every half hour.  Interactive stations provide additional explanations to the topics.  The history of the city is the theme for a 12-minute film (in German or English) which gives detailed perspective to the interconnected relationships between the royal family and the city.
A finding game, a large jig-saw puzzle, and wooden building blocks for a model of the Alter Hof all offer entertaining activities for children to learn about Bavarian history.  Admission is free of charge.

The Alter Hof, a four-sided fortress, was laid out within the first city walls around the year 1200, in the old town of todays city-center. The St. Margaret and St. Lorenz chapel was blessed in 1324 and showcased the imperial jewelry and relics of the Holy Roman Empire from Duke Ludwig IV’s coronation in 1328 until 1350.
An enormous expansion project at the Alter Hof took place between 1460 and 1470 to fortify the structure and decorate the facades. The duke’s royal family however moved to the new residence in the first half of the 16th century.  Since then the Alter Hof has served as lodging for guests and as seat of national governing offices like the royal chamber and advisory councils.  Between 1816 and 1819 the chapel gave way to a new structure for the customs agency. Other parts of the original building were destroyed during World War II or demolished and renovated in the 1950s.  Another demolition and re-building project in 2004-2006 restored the courtyard with the fountain and milling bases as well as the St. Lorenz chapel foundation. The historic wings of the Alter Hof (tower and wall foundation) were renovated between 2000 and 2003 and then occupied by government agencies like the Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen in Bayern (Bavarian Museum Board). In 2004 the Infopoint for Museums and Palaces in Bavaria opened its doors. In 2007 the exhibit “Imperial Castle in Munich” was added.

Angebote des Museumspädagogischen Zentrums (MPZ)
Familien- und Ferienaktionen, Geburtstage für Kinder und Jugendliche im Museum, Veröffentlichungen, Programme für Klassen aller Schularten und Jahrgangsstufen und Kindertagesstätten, Fortbildungen

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