The Old Residence Salzburg

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The Old Residence has been the representative palace of the Prince Archbishops of Salzburg since the Middle Ages.

In this building, they decided the political destiny of the city from the origin of the ecclesiastic principality to the annexation of Salzburg to the Austrian Empire. Even though every Prince-Archbishop modified the residence according to his own plans and personal taste, the archbishops Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, Paris Lodron and Franz Anton Harrach made the most significant embellishments and also influenced the artistic aspects of the city. The first gave the building a baroque style while the family coats of arms of the second and the latter still overhang the marble entrance of the Residence overlooking the city square.

Centrally located, this imposing building played an important role during the whole monarchic past of Salzburg. In 1867, the Emperor Franz Joseph welcomed Napoleon III for an official visit at the former archiepiscopal court. Moreover, here the Emperor Franz I accepted the homage and oath of fealty of the city of Salzburg marking an important milestone in the history of Salzburg: from then on, the former archbishopric was part of Austria.

Besides welcoming diplomatic delegations, the Old Residence gave hospitality to the fourth wife of Emperor Franz, Caroline August, who came to Salzburg every summer for almost thirty years. The Carolino Augusteum Museum in Salzburg is named after her.

Something interesting to know

The Mozart brothers played here thanks to their father Leopold who was music director of the Salzburg Cathedral and therefore under the prince. The Knights’ Hall is characterized by an excellent acoustics and many concerts are still held here.
When he was only 6 years old, Mozart played his first concert in the Council Hall of the Old Residence.
Some parts of the palace now house the University.
In the northern part, the Toskana Trakt wing is home to the University’s Faculty of Law.


  • Salzburger Residenz
  • Residenzplatz 1
  • tel. ++43 (0)662 80 42-26 90 (27 61)
  • fax ++43 (0)662 80 42-29 78

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