Today I’m going to take you to one of the most beautiful places in Munich, where you can spend hours and enjoy every minute around. Welcome to Nymphenburg Palace and its garden! This is one of the most famous and most visited places in Munich for tourists, as well as for locals. This palace complex is one of the top landmarks that you must visit during your stay. It will inspire you on each step with its interior decorations, huge garden and garden adjacent palaces.
I believe that most of the tourists are going to check the city’s Old Town, where usually are located all the main attractions such as City Hall, main Cathedrals, walking streets with cozy buildings, etc. But if you’re looking for something exciting, a place where you can spend all day and not get bored, then I would suggest you to come directly to Nymphenburg Palace and garden.
To reach the palace you’ll need to walk few minutes from any nearby bus/train station. The ticket sale office is located in the main entrance, just in the middle of the large building line. Here in this large and beautiful hall you will also have a museum shop where you can find textiles, silk scarfs, jewelry in historical styles, etc. With your ticket you’ll be given a Palace Park map with all landmark signs for your easy navigation. And let’s start our tour in this place!
If you’re going to visit Nymphenburg Palace only, prepare 8 Eur to pay for the Palace entrance ticket only. This is fine if you’re limited in time and can allow to visit Palace rooms only.
If you’re eager to visit Marstallmuseum with Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain, this will cost you another 6 Eur.
If you have enough time to visit Palace Gardens, then add another 5 Eur for Combination ticket “Parkburgen” (note that Park Palaces are closed in winter!).
In case you’re planning ti visit all above mentioned palaces and museums, I’d advise to take a Combination ticket “Nymphenburg” which will cost you 12-15 Eur, depending on the season.
But wait, this is not all yet! If you’re planning to spend more days in Munich and Bavaria in general, I recommend to buy annual season tickets or 14-days-tickets (aka Bavarian Castle Pass) which will allow you to visit around 45 castles and palaces in Bavaria. This is the best saving that you can do on your sightseeing spending.
By the way, entrance is free for children under 18.
Okay, now you have your tickets and it’s time to see what we have around. Take the steps on your right side to the second floor and be ready for magnificent view. Large white room with huge windows that allow light to brighten its walls, a mesmerizing paintings on the ceiling, these all will make you to look around with wide open eyes and mouth. This is the Great Hall from where we will start our tour. If you look carefully to the ceiling, you can see that painting depicts the Olympian heaven, symbolizing the duty of the ruler to bring and receive peace.
Below are shown North Salettl (on the left) and Queen’s bedchamber (on the right) rooms:
North Salettl or antechamber is located on the left side of the Great Hall. Elector Max Emanuel created a monument to himself in this room with hanging his portrait (on the right side of the picture below) showing him as a successful general. The picture on the center of the ceiling shows Ceres, the goddess of agriculture.
Queen Caroline’s bedchamber, birthplace of King Ludwig II, still has its original furnishing. Crown Prince Ludwig and his brother Otto (1848–1916) are portrayed as children in the two busts dating from 1850 on the writing desk (on the left side of the room).
Except those few shown, you will see several rooms of Queen and Karl Theodor, galleries, bedchambers, cabinets.. and all of them will make you to slow your steps to admire the decorations, paintings on the walls and ceilings, picture galleries. Each room is amazing. Don’t rush to exit. At the end of your tour check the Palace Chapel that has baroque high altar decorated with Christ and Mary Magdalene figures.
Well, it’s time to start a tour in Nymphenburg garden. When you leave the Palace building, you will see a large alley with symmetric statues on both sides. This is Grand Parterre. The Park is a huge green area, with several fountains, lakes, canals and adjacent small palaces. And here it’s time to take Garden map in your hands and make sure you don’t miss any marked point. It is very important to follow the map too see all the beauties and hidden gems of the park and not get lost, of course. So, let’s go?
If you are here and if you love the nature as much as me, know that here, on the right side of the Palace, there is an entrance to another paradise, to Botanical Garden of Munich. This is a must visit garden, where you will enjoy every step, every flower and tree. An awesome place for relaxing, enjoying or photoshoot 😉
As the park is really huge and there are a lot of things to see on both sides, I decided to start on the right side and on the way back check all that was on the left. The first park palace that I found was Magdalenenklause (Magdalene Hermitage, P30 on the map). This was a small old building, which looked like a ruin, a simple looking building which was all covered with shells. The south part of the Hermitage comprises the Grotto Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene and a similarly grottoed Entrance Hall. This small palace was built between 1725 and 1728 to help the elector Max Emanuel to escape from reality.
Once I checked the Hermitage, I continued walking in the park. After some time I reached a nice and peaceful lake. On the other side there was a two-floor building, which reflection was seen in the mirror of calm lake water. I wanted to check what building is this, but there was no any bridge crossing Pagodenburg lake, so I had to go back and bypass the lake. So my advice is to take the right side path to go directly to the Pagodenburg palace (P27 on the map). This was a nice white building, with simple architecture. It was built between 1716 and 1719 for lords and ladies to rest after their outdoor games and was the first park pavilion built. Each floor was decorated with exotic styles. White and blue room in ground floor was decorated with Dutch tiles. This was a bright and beautiful hall: would be nice to have a cup of tea around this original table. On the upper floor mainly Chines style was used for small rooms and cabinets decorations. By the way, the palace name is derived from the numerous small figures of Chinese gods known as “pagods” (idols) which are used in the decorations.
I wouldn’t mind to stay in such a cozy house, with those tiny balconies with a view to the lake.
Let’s continue our beautiful day. Walking in the park is awesome. There are so many paths, that you don’t know which one to take and which not. If we’d have plenty of time, it would be nice to check all paths and alleys in the woods. Here on every corner there are people reading books under the trees, jogging or just walking. But as I had an exact plan to see all the palace parks before the park closes, I checked the closest way to reach the next one. After crossing Cascade, from where there is a great view to all park and Nymphenburg Palace, I kept going on right path from the Badenburg Lake. Another few minutes walk and here it is, one more marvelous building appeared in front of me. But it was too simple compared with what was waiting for me inside.
This was Badenburg Palace (P18 on map), built between 1718 and 1722 as a bathing pavilion. From outside it looked as a two-floor building, but all was changed when I entered. The entrance hall (which was the Banqueting Hall) was a large oblong room with rounded corners and high ceiling, which was all decorated with amazing frescoes. Elector’s Apartments contains 4 rooms, which are Antechamber, Bedroom, Cabinet and Dressing Room. Those rooms were also decorated mainly in Chinese styles, using unusual soft-touch wallpapers, mirror ornaments and ceiling paintings. Bathroom, as well as the heating room, a kitchen and additional bathing rooms, were located in the basement. Nice white & blue Dutch tiles were used to cover the walls of the bathroom. Lovely place, indeed.
But park palaces are not only those.. There is one that is kept for the last, which became my favorite, Amalienburg (P14 on map). This cute building was built between 1734-1739 as a small pleasure palace and hunting lodge for Elector Karl Albrecht’s wife, Maria Amalia. Each room in this palace was surprising with its stucco works and wall paintings. I was lucky to be alone in this mesmerizing palace. This let me enjoy each corner of any room without rush. Lovely rooms were richly decorated in yellow and blue colours, hunting scenes and trophies, as well as with paintings. The culmination was the central located Hall of Mirrors, which was a circular room with a flat dome, with countless windows and mirrors. Just WOW. The last room before the exit was the Kitchen where the blue-and-white ceiling is painted with Chinese scenes, the walls are decorated with Dutch tiles. The flower vases and Chinese scenes are highlighting the tiling in the kitchen.
A full round circle was made in the park and I still had some time to spend here. Perfect time to visit Carriage and Porcelain museums (P9 on map), which was located just next to the Nymphenburg palace. These were 2 separate museums with different entrances, but only one step was dividing them. At a time the Marstallmuseum (or aka Museum of carriages and sleighs) was the grandest of the various stables and the most valuable horses were formerly kept here during the summer months. Today it accommodates over forty representative coaches, sleighs and riding accoutrements and with its rich collection it is one of the most important of its kind in the world.
Walking on the long corridor will give you a chance to admire with those collections situated on both sides. At the end of the corridor, on the left side you’ll see the biggest carriage, which is the Coronation Coach of Emperor Karl VII, one of the most beautiful coaches in the French Rococo style. Extremely rich and lavish decorations demonstrated Emperor’s claim to power.
The whole museum hall was full with the sound of ringing bells, as like you hear and fell how the carriage is passing nearby and those rings were shaking on their “dressings”.
At the end of the room there was another pass to right, to another room with no less beautiful and interesting sleighs. There were two of those that caught my attention. The carousel sleight with Hercules and the seven-headed Hydra is the oldest sleight in this museum and one of the favorites of Max Emanuel. The other famous carousel sleight was with Cupid holding his drawn bow and posing to shoot an arrow of love.
By the way, if you’re looking for the toilet, there is a free one here on the second floor of Marstallmuseum. From here you can also have a lovely view to the Nymphenburg Palace and the basin in front of it.
Next door entered a two-floor Porcelain Museum, which had a unique private collection of Nymphenburg porcelain from the 18th to the 20th centuries. In 1747, Max III Joseph founded the electoral porcelain factory, and those expressive figures once decorated the court dessert table.
Time spent here in the Nymphenburg Palace, park palaces and museums was priceless. The green park, which was full of people but in the same time peaceful, was a perfect place for relaxing and recharging. Here except happy faces of people you can often see different animals, such as geese, squirrels and even roebucks. In the basin, in front of the Palace, there are always swans swimming. They are seem to be used to people and are not afraid to come closer, to take a piece of bread from hands. Lovely feeling to be closer to the nature.
Here, in Nymphenburg Palace and Garden, this is a perfect place to touch the history and enjoy the nature. Whatever you choose, you would win. Everything is awesome here. You should come here on a sunny day, early morning and dedicate whole day to spend in this marvelous place without any rush. It will be pity to come here and do a quick check-up of some places only. So, take a bottle of water, few croissants (or sandwiches if you like) and be ready to spend a wonderful day in this piece of paradise!