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Baroque-style former summer residence of Bavaria’s rulers.
Didn't get to go in unfortunately, opted for a great winter walk around the Palace Grounds, beautiful grounds they are too. I guess as this was out of season, we found most of the outdoor statues etc. were boxed up for their protection against the elements.
Because of all the snow I couldn't make out where the land ended and the water began - luckily we came away without a drowning.
They have a lovely conservatory which serves as a cafeteria - If you have a sweet tooth - GREAT CAKES !
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Amazing Nymphenberg Palace
What struck me first when arriving at Schloss Nymphenburg is the enormity of its width. The palace which began construction in 1664 is now over 700 meters wide. To even get a picture of the entire front baroque facade you practically have to stand back on the street.
We took the palace and garden tour only. The palace itself contains rooms with styles from three different periods; baroque, rococo, and neoclassical. Some of the ceiling frescos had been well preserved or recreated. One of my favorite rooms which was the Gallery of Beauties in the south pavilion. King Ludwig I had the portriats of all his many affairs hung in this room.
The park and the garden are worth a long walk. The garden was originally an Italian style garden but was redone in the early 19th century by Prince Charles Theodore. The park is divided by a long canal which begins near the palace and extends out to the statues of the Greek gods.
We did not tour the carriage house or the factory on the first floor.
Another Beautiful Palace
We took a tram to Schloss Nymphenburg, what used to be the summer residence of the royal family. The entranceway with the small lake and large swans set against the palace is really pretty.
Inside only a few rooms were open to the public, many less than at the Residenz. The first room you enter is the Great Hall. I really loved this room. In all of the palaces we had been to I couldn’t imagine the people who lived there. Everything seemed so formal, so “unfun”. This was the first room where I could picture what it must have been like to have musicians playing and people dancing. Of course, I loved the queen’s bedroom as well.
In another building near Schloss Nymphenburg was the Marstallmuseum, which housed various royal carriages including a coronation coach, sleighs, and riding equipment. The carriages were gorgeous. They were so elaborate that you couldn’t imagine them being driven.
There are beautiful gardens around the Palace that are also worth exploring.
I recommend getting the audioguide so you can go at your own pace.
9 am-6 pm
10 am-4 pm
5 euros regular
Combination ticket "Nymphenburg"
Nymphenburg Palace / Park buildings / Marstallmuseum:
10 euros regular
The former summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria is located in the west part of the city in the middle of one of Munich's most beautiful parks. Five generations of Wittelsbach rulers were involved in the construction of this Baroque castle.
The building of Nymphenburg Castle began in the reign of the Elector Ferdinand Maria: overjoyed by the birth of his son and heir, Max Emanuel, he had the central section built for his wife in the style of an Italian villa (Agostino Barelli, 1664-74). In about 1700, Max Emanuel commissioned Enrico Zuccali and Antonio Viscardi to extend the castle by adding galleries and pavilions.
9 am-6 pm
10 am-4 pm
regular: 5 euros
reduced: 4 euros
combination ticket "Nymphenburg Palace, Park buildings, Marstallmuseum and Porcelain Museum"
regular: 10 euros
reduced: 8 euros
As I said on page intro,we arrived Munich at lunchtime,after having a very nice meal in a restaurant in the downtown (see my restaurant tip for more info),we started a very good guided tour in the city.
Unfortunatelly my visit to this amazing city wasn't very long just that full day,also we had booked a room in a hotel in the city.
We started our tour in Munich at Schloss Nymphenburg or Nympherburg Castle.We spent about two hours visiting this beautiful palace.It was built in 1.664 to 1.728 and was used as Summer Residence of Bavarian Kings-.
The Nympherburg Castle is without any doubts one of most beautiful Baroque Palaces in Europe.Don't miss also a visit to the wonderful gardens,fountains and if you have time enough during your visit there,don't hesitate to take a look to the Porcelain Factory,located just next to the palace and founded in 1.747.
At the extreme southern end of the Nymphenburg Palace and basically unvisited, this remarkable museum opened in 1950 in the former royal stables and houses a great collection of royal coaches, sleighs, and harness equipment as well as oil paintings of 28 of Ludwig I favorite horses. The prize is the coronation coach of HRE Karl Albrecht drawn by eight horses ( kings only had 6 ). Mary Amalia's hunting sleigh is included here with Diana on the prow. In the far back room are the spectacular ornate coaches and sleighs of Ludwig II, each inch covered with sculpture and painting. A small carousel occupies one corner of the museum. Sadly, these exhibits are not labelled even in German, detracting from a great experience. The Porcelain Museum is adjacent and one ticket covers both. Note on the 5th image the figure holding aloft the crown. The Wittelsbach dynasty was not known for subtlety.
The Nymphenburg Travelogue contains more images of the Marstall Museum.
Nymphenburg Castle & park: great for morning walks
For the time being I can’t write much about the castle itself or its interior, because I was here only briefly, for an early Sunday morning walk with Richie. But this is something I enjoyed very much, so that’s my suggestion:
On a sunny morning anytime of the year go there as early as possible to have advantage of the lovely morning light setting and of an almost empty park. Don’t enter through one of the side gates but from the east, with full view of the castle itself (see here, panorama of the castle). This is where you will arrive when you take the streetcar no 17 (get off “Schloß Nymphenburg”) and walk along the little canal that ends at the outer castle pond. We were only in the southern park but I really loved it. And of course with Richie being a good guide, I saw all the little bits and pieces of buildings hidden in the forest.
For a park plan, click => here. That’s the castle website with more information about the park and the buildings, in English.
This depends how and from where you arrive. We came by bus no. 51 from Laim. For details see => park website “how to get there”.
Location of Schloß Nymphenburg (entrance) on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., September 2012 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
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Wittelsbach Summer Palace
Three miles north of Munich center, this huge Baroque palace was commissioned by Elector Ferdinand Maria as a gift to his consort Henriette Adelaide of Savoy after the birth of a son and heir to the Wittelsbach dynasty in 1664. The rectangular central section was completed in 1675 in the style of an Italian Villa. The heir, Max Emanuel, added 4 large pavilions also in the Italianate style, but later additions over 100 years were more Baroque and gradually the palace was made over. The grand circle ( Schlossrondel) was added by HRE Charles VII Albert. The court stables were added in 1715 and further predominantly interior renovations were later made by Elector Max III Joseph and the Kings Ludwig I and II.
The 200 acre park, originally Italian in style, was redesigned as an English garden in the early 19th Century, but the long central canal and lakes were preserved. Numerous pavilions were scattered throughout the park including the most famous Amalienburg.
The palace today offers 16 rooms for public view but remains the home of the head of the Wittelsbach family, now a commoner but still called HRH Franz, Duke of Bavaria.
VISITING THE PALACE --- The Nymphenberg Palace is best seen as an individual visitor, easily accessed from Stachus and the main train station on tram 17 offering a nice glimpse of modern Munich along the way. There is then a long one block walk along the tree shaded canal which extends 2 km into central Munich and the adjacent street to the Grand Circle and around to the entrance, a lovely 10 minute walk. We observed the tour busses dropping their sheep for a 20 minute visit to two or three rooms in the main palace and gone again - NOT the right way to visit this this world class complex. At the corner of the tram stop for the return is a delightful little cafe and bakery shop with a largely local clientele and a nice assortment of excellent pastries and good coffee.
Castle Nymhenburg (summer residence of Bavarian rulers) is a amazing baroque building which was built since year 1663. Few other parts of it were built even in the beginning of 18th century. It is in the area of big park and garden.
There is a gallery of art there and also a museum, you can visit the indoors of Nymphenburg. There are also few other interesting building in the area of Nymphenburg like Amalienburg or Magdalenenklause.
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The Nymphenberg Palace was the summer residence of the Wittelsbachs. Construction started in 1664. Barelli and Zucalli, architects also acredited with the construction of Theatinerkirche, were the head architects. Baroque syle, with beautiful gardens and park.
Very Rococo castle for the afficionado
The Nymphenburg Palace was built in the Baroque style for the Bavarian kings in the 17th century. For those who have also seen the Versailles palace of Louis XIV, this palace is a bit like a toned-down version of that. For example, the gardens are very extensive, complete with geometric gardens and statues, but not quite to the scale of Versailles. Off to the side of the gardens in the back of the castle, one can journey into a forest for a nice afternoon walk. On the inside, the palace has a lot of paintings, mainly portraits. The palace's interior has a very light, airy, rococo feel that was popular during this time. One of the more curious sights inside the museum is the "Gallery of the Beauties", installed by Ludwig I. In this room, he placed portraits of what he perceived to be the most beautiful women of his day. It is interesting to note how the standard of beauty has changed since then.
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The Nymphenburg palace just outside Munich's city center is magnificent, but it has even more magnificent gardens. These become a little world of their own, with rivers, waterfalls, follies, and even little villages to discover in among the trees and leaves. The palace was once the country home of the Wittelsbachs, which they'd escape to when they wanted to get away from the city. Now it has become subsumed within the city itself, and is easily reached by tram from the city center.
The buildings were started in 1664 and took over a century and a half to complete. They are as vast as they are extravagant, and pictures do not do their majesty justice. You need to see a video of the palace to get an idea of its grandeur. And this is just the buildings. Stretching out the back of the palace is a park of over 200 hectares (500 acres). This park requires at least an afternoon to wander around, just to get a glimpse of what it contains. The whole journey should feel somewhat of an adventure. When I was there the buildings in the park would appear eerily out of the mist, creating a magical feel.
Schloss Nymphenburg was the summer-residence of the Bavarian kings and the birthplace of "mad" king Ludwig II.
Nymphenburg is one of the most beautiful baroque castles in Europe with a large baroque garden around it.
You will need the whole day in order to see all the various smaller castles and other places of interest in the large park around the palace of Nymphenburg - you may as well have a look on my seperate page about "Schlosspark Nymphenburg" - just click on my link below !!
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SCHLOSS NYPHENBERG- A BEAUTIFUL PALACE
This magnificent palace and surrounding garden right in the heart of the Munich city is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. The palace was commissioned by the royal couple Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide. The designer & architect of the palace was Italian architect Agastino Bareli. It was built in 1664 after the birth of the son of the royal couple, Maximilian II Emanuel. The central pavilion was completed in 1675.
Max Emanuel, the prince of Bavaria, carried out a systematic extension of the palace in 1701. Later two pavilions were added each in the south and north of Barelli's palace by Enrico Zucalli and Giovanni Antonio Viscardi. Subsequently, the south section of the palace was further extended to the court stables. Further, the orangerie was added to the north. Finally, a grand circle with baroque mansions (the Schlossrondell) was erected under Max Emanuel's son Charles Albert. Several others. . For a long time, the palace was the favorite summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. King Max I Joseph died there in 1825, and his great-grandson King Ludwig II was born there in 1845.
Later the palce Nymphenburg has been open to the public, but also continues to be a home for the ruler of Bavaria. Today the palace and its garden with marvelous statues are a major tourist attraction.
April-15 October: 9 am-6 pm, 16 October-March: 10 am-4 pm
Closed on: Tuesdays
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The former court riding school and stables at Nymphenburg now houses the chariot museum and the exquisite Bauml porcelain collection. The manufacturing company was founded by Elector Max III Joseph in 1747 and the displays document the beautiful works produced through 1920. In-house porcelain factories were an important accoutrement for German royal families and the Wittelsbachs were no exception in their desire for fit-for-royalty service plates, decorative items, and particularly porcelain miniatures of famous old master paintings. These dinner plate sized reproductions were commissioned by Ludwig I who feared everything from fire destroying the originals to age decreasing the colors. Many of these items can be seen in the Residenz, but the collection assembled by Albert Bauml who supervised the factory in the early 20th Century is as spectacular as any. It emphasizes the early work of Franz Bustelli, one of the earliest and most famous creators. Bauml found the factory falling behind in the style and upgraded the artistry. The factory ( image 4) on the periphery of the palace grounds is currently leased to a Wittelsbach trust by the Bavarian Government.
Franz Anton Bustelli, Swiss by birth, was a master in porcelain design. He of course made the requisite catholic figures like crucifixions but was far better known for the lively facial expressions and occasional soft-porn figures. The details of movement and the life-like faces we found mesmerizing. This museum is not large but contains some beautiful work.
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