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New Schleißheim Palace: The royal residence near Munich

Neues Schloss Schleißheim

Residence, gallery, baroque garden: All you need to know

The impressive New Schleißheim Palace near Munich houses the State Gallery of European Baroque Painting. Find more details and history here.

The New Schleißheim Palace at a glance

Neues Schloss Schleißheim Gartenseite , Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, München
Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, München
  • The Oberschleißheim palace complex comprises a total of three palaces and an extensive garden. It can be reached quickly by S-Bahn from Munich and is perfect for a day trip.
  • The New Palace was built in the early 18th century as a new residence for Elector Max Emanuel, who briefly had hopes of becoming emperor.
  • Among the highlights of the interior are the ceiling paintings, the textile art and the magnificent furniture. Some rooms also house works from the Bavarian State Painting Collections.

One of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Bavaria

Schloss Schleissheim, Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung -
Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung -

Although only the main wing of the originally planned monumental complex has been realized, the New Schleißheim Palace is worth seeing even from the outside.

First walk down the steps of the New Palace and enjoy the view of Lustheim in the distance. Continue through the courtyard garden - past hedges, water features and fountains. It is one of the few gardens from the Baroque period that is still preserved in its original form.

The interior: Victoria Hall, Red Cabinet and Chamber Chapel

, Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung
Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung

In the palace you can discover many rooms worth seeing that give an impression of courtly life in the days of absolutism: for example, the spacious staircase, which together with the Great Hall forms a unique baroque synthesis of the arts, several magnificent banqueting halls and the large parade apartments. The most important rooms in terms of art history are the Victoria Hall, the Red Cabinet (Hunting Room) and the Chamber Chapel of the Electress.

Some rooms today contain the Baroque Gallery of the Bavarian State Painting Collections. Among the masters on display are prominent painters such as the Flemings Rubens and van Dyck, the Italians Carracci, Giordano and Manfredi, the Germans Schönfeld and Loth, and a cabinet with examples of Spanish painting.

Palace highlights: Guided tours, tickets, events

, Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung
Foto: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung
  • Schleißheim does not offer regular guided tours. The rooms can be visited independently. A multilingual audio guide is available for the New Palace.
  • Several times a month (usually on Sundays), there are also public themed tours that can be booked with the Bavarian Palace Department.
  • Throughout the year, concerts, open-airs, lectures and cultural events take place on the grounds.

Directions and parking: How to get to Oberschleißheim from Munich

  • Public transport: S-Bahn S1 to "Oberschleißheim", then it is a 10 to 15 minute walk or you can take the bus to the "Schloss" stop.
  • By car: Oberschleißheim can be reached via the Autobahn A92 (exit Oberschleißheim), A99 (exit Neuherberg), as well as the federal roads B13 and B471.
  • Parking situation: There are about 120 paid parking spaces for cars at the New Palace. Parking is also available here for buses.

Destinations near Schleißheim Palace complex

  • There are other palaces to discover on the Schleißheim palace complex. A special attraction are also the gondola rides on the palace canal in summer.
  • Helicopters, military aircraft and many other aerospace exhibits await you at Flugwerft Schleißheim (German page).
  • The nearby Feringasee is the largest bathing lake in the immediate vicinity of Munich.

Bumpy and many setbacks: The history of the palace construction

Schloss Schleißheim

 At the turn of the 18th century, Elector Max Emanuel had hopes of becoming emperor. He wanted to underline his ambitions as well as his status with a magnificent residence building in the French style.

In the winter of 1700/1701, construction work began on what was originally planned as a monumental residence under Enrico Zucalli. The structural work had not yet been completed when a construction disaster - the garden facade collapsed - and the exile of the Elector (1704-14) after his defeat in the War of the Spanish Succession put a temporary end to the work in Schleißheim.

Max Emanuel had to abandon his grandiose plans after his return in 1715 due to an uncertain financial situation. The New Palace was built much smaller than originally planned. Only the 300-meter-wide main wing with a three-story central building was realized. Johann Baptist Zimmermann and Cosmas Damian Asam, among others, contributed to the interior decoration.

In the gallery room you can get an idea of the rejected plans of the castle. A large wooden model shows the New Palace as Max Emanuel would have liked to have realized it, including a courtyard of honor with enormous side wings, additional pavilions and the Old Palace on the west side.

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