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Nymphenburg Palace

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Nymphenburg Palace
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The summer palace of Bavarian rulers

Schloss Nymphenburg 1, 80638 München, Germany
Best time to visit the palace is in spring or summer, where most of the buildings are open for public and garden flowers are in bloom. .
If you're a fan of feeding animals, make sure to bring along a snack for swans and squirrels. They're the permanent residents of the gardens.

Nymphenburg Palace, also known as the Castle of the Nymph, is one of the most visited palaces in Bavaria and a site of historical significance and visual beauty. The construction began in 1664, when Max Emanuel, the heir to the throne was born. The first architect of the palace was an Italian master Agostino Barelli. The chosen site was located outside of the royal courts, which used to be the local countryside at the time.


Today, the Castle of the Nymph is one of the largest palaces in Europe. Moreover, it has served as a summer residence for Bavarian kings, and each one of them has left their trace on the design. Besides minor flavors, the 5 Wittelsback rulers made the palace is a mix of baroque and rococo styles.


Nymphenburg Palace gained significance in the 19th century, when Bavaria became a kingdom. The furniture was refreshed in Neoclassical style, the surrounding gardens, which were designed in French traditions, were turned into typical English gardens.


One of the most notable features of the palace is the Gallery of Beauties of King Ludwig I. He commissioned the portraits of beautiful ladies in Munich, regardless of their family and class. Overall, there are 36 portraits features a Spanish dancer, the daughter of a local shoemaker, women of royal blood, and more.


Every single room of the palace is glazed with delicate wall decor and paintings, the furniture is luxurious, and the atmosphere has a royal feeling to it. The interior tour consists of three parts: North Apartment, South Apartment and Queens Apartment. The final section you’ll visit is the Palace Chapel, you’ll reach it at the end of your tour. The construction of the Chapel began in 1702, it is decorated in Baroque style and contains frescoes of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ.


There are just as many attractions outside the palace as there are inside. The surrounding gardens contain the Museum of Man and Nature and Porcelain Museum. The latter displays the history of  Nymphenburg porcelain manufactory, which was quite active in the 18th century. Also, be sure to visit the Marstall Museum, which offers an interesting collection of stables, carriages, harnesses, and much more. The crown exhibit of the collection is the luxurious carriage of King Ludwig II.


The grounds host pavilions like Amalienburg, a small hunting lodge, and Magdalenenklause. Both buildings are like mini-palaces with equally fantastic architecture and interior design. The site encompasses around 300 hectare garden decorated with magical sculptures and natural wonders, heavenly lakes and landscapes; a place to see once in a lifetime.

Opening hours

April through October:
9:00 to 18:00

October through March:
9:00 to 16:00

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