The Residence, only a short distance from the cathedral, was a seat for bishops as early as the Middle Ages. The early baroque style of its present‐day appearance stems from the end of the sixteenth century. It is possible to visit the State Rooms, where the archbishops of Salzburg lived and conducted their social and official functions. The impressive size and lavish décor make the rooms well worth seeing. The Residence Gallery, with a collection of European art from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, is also open to visitors.
The magnificent rooms of the Residence have been a venue for concerts for hundreds of years — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premiered his Violin Concerto in A Major (K219) for the Archbishop in 1775. Today the Residence continues to offer wonderful concerts throughout the year.