Schleissheim Palace: The Amazing Palace in Germany You Have To Visit!

Bavaria is very rich with Royal castles. Wherever you go, you’ll find an amazing piece of architecture, which walls are filled with breath of history. Munich is the main starting point for traveling inside Bavaria, and you’ll have a big choice of castles to visit far or close. If you don’t want to go far from Munich but still want to see some of those castles, my advice is to take a train and go to the closest castles nearby. In the village of Oberschleißheim, a suburb of Munich, there is a big palace complex called Schleissheim. This is a complex of 3 individual palaces, which was a summer residence of the Bavarian rulers. Consider to spend a full day here to discover all 3 palaces and court gardens. 

Tip: As this is outside Munich, you’ll need to take a short ride on train. Oberschleissheim village is accessible by the Munich S-Bahn number 1. Better to buy a day-ticket for public transport, the same option as for trip to Starnberg or any other close destination. This will be much better than to buy separate one-way or single tickets. When you get out of the train station (which is very small), just turn right and you’ll see a sign showing the direction. Keep walking straight about 10 minutes and you’ll be right at the entrance of the Palace Complex. 

Now let’s go one by one into those palaces and see how all started 😉

Once you reach the place, you’ll probably not recognize that you arrived, because the first thing you’ll see is a small court garden with a lot of people (at least they were there on the day we went) selling a lot of souvenirs made from clay, stone and other materials. Definitely you can find something cute for your collection! The simple building next to this garden is The Old Schleissheim Palace, which was built as a country house by Wilhelm (or William) V. Wilhelm V was a member of the Wittelsbach dynasty and Duke of Bavaria between 1579 and 1597. The story of Old Palace, also so-called “Wilhelmsbau”, began in around 1598, when he commissioned a simple manor house to be built in Schleissheim. But the construction completed only during reign of his son Maximilian I, who was more ambitious and wanted to have a better palace. So in 1617 he demolished down the entire building to the cellar walls and started a new building in its place. The palace known as Alte Schloss Schleissheim (the Old Palace) was completed in 1623 and today houses 2 exhibitions, one on religious culture, the other the history of Prussia.
New palace was built in 1701-1704 for Max Emanuel but was completed by his grandson Elector Max Emanuel who was hoping to become the next emperor and built the Neue Schloss (New Palace) as his future residence. This was a magnificent baroque building in the middle of palace grounds. Originally it was planned to have four-wing complex that would connect New palace with the Old one but because of the financial situations in the country (yes, that happened also in that times) the plan was simplified and finally remained current New Palace without wings. When you enter the palace, the tour will start from your left. Here you’ll find the Grand Hall with baroque architecture, which will impress you with its large and bright atmosphere and huge columns.
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

Combination ticket (Old Palace + New Palace + Lustheim Palace): 8 eur regular / 6 eur reduced

So with a combination ticket you can save some money, not bad, right? But there’s another trick. If you buy a 2 week or annual Castle pass, you can visit almost all palaces in Bavaria for free, including all these 3 palace museums! 
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 ✌

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