The House of Wittelsbachhe was a dynasty that ruled Bavaria (plus occasionally other European countries) from the 11th century until 1918 when Ludwig III was deposed as the king of Bavaria at the end of World War I. The first building on this site was built in 1385. The complex evolved through the mid-19th century. At the peak, the Residenz Royal Palace contained 130 rooms within several wings plus ten courtyards. This 820 foot structure is Festsaalbau (Banqueting Hall). It was commissioned by King Ludwig I and finished in 1842. Inside were the throne room, reception halls, a concert venue and an elaborate theatre. Today, Munich Residenz functions as a museum. Highlights of your tour will be the royal apartments, the Cuvilliés Theatre and the Treasury containing centuries of family jewels and collectables.