Nymphenburg Palace: Info and tips about the palace and park
Palace, park, canal: What there is to see in Nymphenburg
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
Video: Take a stroll through Nymphenburg Palace
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.
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 der palace grounds.
Together 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.
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 9:00 am to 4:00 pm