Palace, park, canal: What there is to see in Nymphenburg
Nymphenburg Palace: Info and tips about the palace and park
Located in the west of the city, Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and its extensive park are one of Munich's top sights. Royal splendour, lavishly decorated interior and romantic little castles in the park will make your visit worthwile. Take your time, for there is a lot to see here!
In cooperation with the cultural department and the museums
This article about Munich's museums is sponsored by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and was conceived in cooperation with the State Agency for Non-State Museums in Bavaria. The content has been coordinated between the participating museums and muenchen.de, the official city portal.
Visit Nymphenburg Palace: What you shouldn't miss
What there is to see in and around Nymphenburg Palace is easily enough for more than just one day:
- You should definitely take a look inside the palace, as it is considered the most impressive remain of the royal splendour that dominated Munich over centuries
- The various museums located in the area are also worth a visit - from natural history to porcelain, there is a lot to see and learn
- Not to be missed: Admiring the huge fountains and and the symmetrical park grounds from the grand staircase
- In the summer months, you can even take a gondola ride on the canal flowing through the palace grounds
- If you have more time, you can also discover a lot in the park surrounding the palace: romantic little castles and palaces, canals, bridges and much more. The park is the second largest in Munich after the English Garden.
Inside Nymphenburg Palace: Stone Hall and other highlights
The most important sculptors, plasterers and painters of their time were responsible for the interior decoration of Nymphenburg Palace. The so-called Stone Hall (Steinerner Saal) extends over three floors, and the Beauty Gallery of King Ludwig I is also worth a visit. It includes a portrait of his fateful affair Lola Montez. The Birth Room of King Ludwig II is entirely decorated in green silk.
The palace museums: From natural history to porcelain
- The natural history museum "Mensch und Natur" (Man and Nature) in the north wing of the palace vividly conveys the history and diversity of the earth and life. Children will enjoy hands-on exhibits, dioramas, display boards and stuffed animals.
- The Marstall Museum in the south wing displays ceremonial sleighs, horse-drawn carriages and saddlery from the time of the Bavarian rulers and kings.
- With over 1000 exhibits, the Porcelain Museum in the south wing spans almost 200 years of history of the world-renowned Nymphenburg porcelain manufactory.
- The Erwin von Kreibig Museum in the south wing of the palace houses works by the Munich artist who gave the museum its name, as well as works by regional artists.
Nymphenburg Palace Park: Garden art inspired by Versailles
The Nymphenburg Palace Park is one of the largest and most important works of garden art in Germany. The park, whose design is based on the French gardens of Versailles Palace, begins with a layout in the symmetrical French style, just below the magnificent grand staircase.
The rest of the 229-hectare area is predominantly an English landscape park with small streams, canals, cascades, bridges, branched paths and artificial lakes. Thanks to a number of figures and statues and, in some places, very hidden smaller park castles and palaces, the park looks like a fairytale forest in some places.
Must-sees in the park: castles, temples, romantic locations
If you want to discover the entire park with all its castles and palaces, you can easily spend a whole day there. The festive Badenburg on the Great Lake in the southern part of the park and the exotic Pagodenburg on the smaller lake in the northern part of the park are architectural gems.
Larger and more magnificent is the Amalienburg with its hall of mirrors. You will find the Jagdschlösschen (Hunting Castle) right next to the large castle. Also worth mentioning are the Magdalenenklause, a hermitage designed as a run-down ruin, and the Apollo Temple - a monopteros with ten columns on Lake Badenburg.
Nymphenburg Canal: gondola rides, ice skating, curling
Located right between the two shady avenues leading up to the palace lies the Nymphenburg Canal. In summer, it belongs not only to the swans. Many visitors from all over the world are only too happy to hop on board the gondolas and go for a ride. It's an experience not to be missed - Munich feels a bit like Venice here!
In winter, when it's cold enough for a longer period of time, the canal might freeze over - and then ice skating, playing ice hockey or curling is possible here in the middle of the city.
History: a gift that turned into a Munich landmark
Elector Ferdinand Maria must have been truly overjoyed at the birth of his long-awaited heir to the throne, Max Emanuel. For this reason alone, he commissioned Nymphenburg Palace in 1664 as a gift to his wife Adelheid of Savoy.
Ferdinand Maria's son, Max Emanuel, commissioned well-known architects such as Enrico Zuccalli, Giovanni Antonio Viscardi and Joseph Effner to carry out extensive remodeling work. Later generations continued to expand the palace grounds.
Along with the avenues leading towards it, the canal and the fountain, the palace is a symmetrical and harmonious piece of art that is unparalleled, not only in Bavaria.
Opening times for Nymphenburg Palace and park
The palace park is open all year long, the opening times change by season.
Please note: some of the buildings can be viewed only during the summer season.
Opening hours for the palace:
April through mid October daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Mid October through March. daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tickets and admission prices
Complete map "Nymphenburg" (castle, Marstallmuseum and park castles):
- April to mid-October: 15 Euro regular, 13 Euro concessions
- Mid-October to March: 12 Euro regular, 10 Euro concessions
(Please note that some park castles can only be visited during the summer season).
Individual tickets by attraction:
- Nymphenburg Palace: 8 euros regular, 7 euros concessions
- Marstallmuseum with museum "Nymphenburger Porzellan": 6 Euro regular, 5 Euro concessions
- Ticket "Parkburgen": 4 Euro
- Nymphenburg Palace Park: free admission
Children and young people up to the age of 18 have free admission to all museums.
Online offer Nymphenburg Palace
The free app "Schlosspark Nymphenburg" accompanies you with exciting information, tour suggestions and other features to discover the extensive park sections and the hidden castles. It is available on Google Play and in the App Store.
Accessibility and offers for people with disabilities
The important areas in the Palace and Marstall Museum, as well as the Amalienburg, are accessible without steps or by elevator. An overview map of the entire palace complex with route categories for wheelchair users is available at the ticket office.
- Disabled parking is available in front of the castle.
- Wheelchair accessible toilets are located in the castle and at the back of the castle building.
History and architecture: from gift to landmark
Elector Ferdinand Maria must have been overjoyed at the birth of his heir to the throne, Max Emanuel. For this reason alone he commissioned Nymphenburg Palace in 1664 as a gift to his wife Adelheid of Savoy.
The original design of a handsome Baroque palace was by Agostino Barelli. Later the building was modified in the style of rococo and classicism. During the reign of Elector Max Emanuel (1680 to 1726), the palace was remodeled and acquired its present dimensions. This included the Baroque redesign and expansion of the garden to its present size.
Max Emanuel's son, Elector Karl Albrecht (r. 1726 to 1745), commissioned the traffic circle in front of the main wing. It was considered an architectural sensation in its day. Elector Max III Joseph (r. 1745 to 1777) gave the ballroom its present pompous decoration. Elector Karl Theodor (r. 1777 to 1799) opened the Nymphenburg Palace Park to the people. Under King Max I Joseph (r. 1799 to 1825), part of the rooms received a noble, classicist décor.
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