Castles & Palaces

St. Emmeram's Abbey – a residence for the Thurn and Taxis dynasty

Having been transformed into a magnificent residence in 1816, St. Emmeram's Abbey is considered to be one of the most important monuments in the historicism style in the whole of Germany. The Princes of Thurn and Taxis have lived in the palace for 200 years.

The Imperial Abbey of St. Emmeram was transformed into a magnificent residence that is considered to be one of the most important monuments in the historicism style in the whole of Germany. The Romanesque-Gothic cloister from the old Benedictine abbey dating back to the 11th century impressively bears witness to the religious past. Other highlights include the neo-Renaissance marble staircase and countless stately rooms, such as the Yellow Salon, the Silver Salon and the Throne Room.

The two-storey ballroom oozes a vibrant, celebratory vibe with its blend of rococo and neo-rococo stylings. There are around 216,000 books in the baroque library, which features a ceiling fresco painted by renowned artist Cosmas Damian Asam. And the royal brewery, which was run as a coach house, stables and residence of the royal administrative official in charge between 1910 and 1935, is also well worth a visit. The same can be said for the royal treasury and its collection of premium furniture, historical weaponry and fine porcelain.

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