Munich's city history up close: Info and tips on the Old Court

The Old Court (Alter Hof): Sight in the city center

The Old Court (Alter Hof) is located in the middle of Munich's old town. As the first imperial residence of the Wittelsbacher royal family, it is an important sight in the center.

Adresse und Öffnungszeiten

Alter Hof 1 , 80331 München

Die Kaiserburg war die erste Residenz der Wittelsbacher in München
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Video tour through the Old Court

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The most important information about the Old Court

  • As the first imperial residence of the Wittelsbacher dynasty from the 13th century onwards, it is an important highlight of the medieval history of the city
  • Despite some rebuilding and reconstruction after the Second World War, the medieval architecture has been preserved to this day
  • One of the most exciting legends about Munich revolves around the Monkey Tower
  • On site or directly next door some stores and gastronomy are waiting for visitors
  • In the basement of the Old Court there is a permanent multimedia exhibition about the historical building to discover

Architecture: Medieval ground plans despite war destruction

Alter Hof in der Innenstadt
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Much has happened since the beginnings of the courtyard in the Middle Ages until today - but the Old Court has never lost its original charm. Of the original five components of the building complex, only two have been preserved in a renovated form.

The others were demolished and rebuilt after the destruction of the Second World War. However, the faithfulness of these reconstructions to the original has even won awards.

The Monkey Tower - the most important sight in the Old Court

Affenturm im Alten Hof in der Münchner Innenstadt
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According to legend, Duke Ludwig II had a tame monkey that was allowed to run around freely in the residence. This monkey is said to have kidnapped the little heir to the throne, Ludwig the Bavarian, from his cradle one day.

A chase by the entire court staff finally drove the monkey with the child in its arms over a wooden bay window onto the roof. Below, the court staff trembled; above, the monkey sat with the baby. After a while, however, the animal calmed down and carefully climbed down to put the baby back in the cradle. Since then, the gothic wooden bay window on the castle floor has also borne the name Monkey Tower.

At a glance

The Old Court (Alter Hof): Sight in the city center

Alter Hof 1
80331 München

Tel: +498921014050