But this is only the beginning. The impressions will continue and grow more and more. You’ll be amazed by the next room, which have the large windows looking to the garden. This was a white hall from where you could go to see the other rooms in sequence or can take a sit on the chairs and admire the wonderful decorations on the ceiling or enjoy the peaceful garden view. Let’s stay a bit here and continue our tour inside the New Palace to see all the wonders it can offer.
If your eyes are already used to this beauty, let’s continue. Probably the most picturesque view on this palace is the grand baroque staircase that takes you to the upper floor. This is just another WOW staircase that is very similar and can be compared only with the staircase in Würzburg Residence (by the way, have you been there? If no, plan a day to spend in this medieval town to visit it’s castles and enjoy some wine on the Old Main bridge👌). So, back to the marble staircase, take a look at the ceiling and all decorations around you. This will make your heart pump harder. Stop for a minute, feel yourself live on 18th century, living in this royal palace.. Amazing..
On the upper floor you’ll have more ceremonial sequence of rooms including the Large Hall, the Victory hall and the Large Gallery. Give attention to the ceiling paintings in every room, which are the main features of the interior. For several decades the continuous fresco that covered the entire ceiling of the Large Hall was the largest ceiling picture in the world. Elector Max Emanuel begun the art collection, which biggest part is shown in Large Gallery today, but Schleißheim New Palace was already a gallery palace by the end of the 18th century.
When Max Emanuel died at the end of February 1726, most of the main building was finished, but the complex had not been yet completed. Many of rooms and some installations were only done by his son and successor Karl Albrecht (reigned 1726-1745). When you are inside the palace, you may think that you’ll need a short time, but actually there are many rooms and each of them has so many details to take a look. And time will fly so fast you can’t even imagine. When you’re on the upper floor, come close to the windows and look outside. See the huge court garden with fountains and the pool? Yes.. that’s amazing!
And even that New Palace was built the last, it wasn’t the only one after the Old one. Located at a distance of around 1,300 meters from the Old Palace, in the central axis, you’ll see another late baroque style building, Schloss Lustheim (Lustheim Palace). In 1685, Max Emanuel II, who was known for his grand tastes, had also commissioned the construction of Lustheim Palace as a garden villa in honour of his marriage to Maria Antonia (his first wife), daughter of the Austrian emperor. To reach this palace you’ll need to walk through the huge court garden, across the pool and silent tree alleys. But the distance will not make sense, as you’ll enjoy every step done here, especially if you’re lucky with the weather. In our case we had very cold windy day with some hail, so we almost ran to the palace. But if the day was sunny, I’m sure the walk would be much pleasant. And another game of imagination – think about the beauty of this place in autumn, when all trees will change colors.. That can be a dream place for nature (and not only) photographers 😉
The Lustheim Palace has 2 floors with the apartments of the elector and the electress leading from it on either side. Originally there were simple rooms on the upper floor, and in the basement were the kitchen and lounges for the servants. The ceiling paintings in the hall and the electoral apartments glorify Diana, the goddess of hunting.
Except the main palace there was a giant construction started behind the Lustheim, which was supposed to to connect the two pavilions to the north and south with Lustheim Palace, forming a wide arc interrupted only by the paths and the central canal. They were to house orangeries, festival rooms and apartments for guests. But after the death of court architect Henrico Zuccalli and Max Emanuel, the circle buildings fell into ruin and in 1741 were finally demolished. Despite of all, Lustheim Palace stands proudly with its 2 pavilions on both sides: Southern Pavilion with Renatus Chapel and Northern Pavilion with “Beautiful Stable”.
Today Lustheim Palace can be visited as a royal residence as well as a museum, which contains Meißen porcelain collection. It houses the world-famous collection of early Meissen porcelain, over 2.000 exquisite items. The collection provides a comprehensive overview of the products of the Meissen porcelain manufactory from its establishment in 1710 until the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). Don’t rush to skip any item here, as each of them has so many beautiful details to see. Sometimes it feels unreal to have this kind of works done manually. When you check both floors of the palace, don’t hurry to go out. There is also another floor with the porcelain collection downstairs.
Now let’s talk about admission fees. As those palaces are separate, you’ll need to buy tickets for each palace separately, or a combo ticket for all 3. Here is the breakdown of all prices (2019), so you can see how much you need and how much you can save.
Schleißheim Old Palace: 3 eur regular / 2 eur reduced
Schleißheim New Palace: 4.50 eur regular / 3.50 eur reduced
Lustheim Palace: 3.50 eur regular / 2.50 eur reduced
Okay, now you know almost everything about this amazing Palace and can plan your day accordingly. Take your camera and go ahead to discover another royal palace in Germany, maybe not that much famous as others, but worth to visit. Enjoy every day, every moment and see you soon ✌