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View into the prince's aisle
Princely walk between the Residenz (left), St. Johannes (middle) and the cathedral (right)

The Fürstengang is a connecting passage on the Freising Cathedral Hill from the Prince Bishop's Residence in Freising to the Freising Cathedral .

From the northeast corner of the residence, the prince's walk leads past the collegiate church of St. Johannes to Freising Cathedral . Before and after the collegiate church, the corridor crosses the entrances to the cathedral courtyard with two arches each. Through the corridor, the bishop could reach the cathedral unseen and protected from the weather. Today's Fürstengang was built by Antonio Riva in 1682 during the tenure of Prince-Bishop Albrecht Sigismund of Bavaria . However, there were similar, temporary structures made of wood in the same place before. Thirteen windows to the south and five windows to the north let light into the corridor. Two more windows face the choir of St. John's Church. In the area of ​​the church is the corridor above the south aisle. The interior was decorated with two series of images.

32 pictures show different views of the possessions of the Hochstift Freising . The pictures, commissioned by Prince Bishop Johann Franz Eckher von Kapfing and Liechteneck , were made by Valentin Gappnigg and show not only properties located in Bavaria, but also properties in Austria (Lower Austria, Styria and Carinthia), South Tyrol and Slovenia. The originals, which were made up to 1702, are now in the Toompea Museum. In the Fürstengang there are copies made by Adalbert Kromer between 1885 and 1889.

The second series consists of pictures of all the Freising bishops from Korbinian to Joseph Konrad von Schroffenberg-Mös . These pictures also go back to an order from Bishop Johann Franz Eckher von Kapfing and Liechteneck. The gallery continued after his death and ends with the last bishop before secularization. The Freising court painter Franz Joseph Lederer (1676–1733) was faced with the problem that there were very few bishops available. He mastered this by inferring their appearance from the vita of the person being depicted. In part, there are essential scenes or works of her reign such as erected churches in the background of the picture. The wall frieze contains a total of 61 portraits, above them the coats of arms of the people depicted.


  • Sigmund Benker, Marianne Baumann-Engels: Freising. 1250 Years of the Spiritual City - Exhibition in the Diocesan Museum and in the historic rooms of the Domberg in Freising, June 10 to November 19, 1989. Wewel Verlag, Munich 1989, ISBN 3-8790-4162-8 , p. 375 ff.
  • Hubert Glaser: Valentin Gappnigg, bourgeois painter in Oberwölz, and his cycle of views of the estates' possessions for the prince's walk in Freising. In: Hochstift Freising: Contributions to the history of property. Edited by Hubert Glaser. Collective sheet of the historical association Freising 32 (Wewelbuch 167). Wewel Verlag, Munich 1990, ISBN 3-87904-167-9 , pp. 54-114.

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Coordinates: 48 ° 23 ′ 55.6 "  N , 11 ° 44 ′ 43.6"  E