Bigger than Versailles
Even from a distance, Nymphenburg Palace is impressive merely on account of its size: With its pretentious building width of 632 metres, it even beats Versailles Palace. It’s easy to while away an entire day at the palace itself and in its extensive gardens. Inside and out, the visitor bears witness to French elegance, can take a gondola ride on the canal or choose a peaceful corner for a picnic.
Magnificent palatial rooms and museums
The most renowned craftsmen were commissioned with the interior design of the “Lusthauß” in the 18th century. The gorgeous highlights of the palace, which in its day was the object of royal admiration, include the “Steinerner Saal” (Stone Hall), which extends over three stories, the “Schönheitengalerie” (Gallery of Beauties) of King Ludwig I and the birth room of the “Swan King” Ludwig II, which is done up in green silk. The palace’s museums contain innumerable historically significant and artistic works: the Carriage Museum, the Porcelain Museum, the Erwin von Kreibis-Museum and the Museum of Man and Nature.
Palace grounds like a fairy-tale forest
For a walk through the extensive park grounds of Nymphenburg Palace, it’s best to give yourself plenty of time. Around every corner are fountains, small water courses and bridges, figures and statues as well as park castles and mini palaces. A walk through the grounds is always a tour of discovery, too.
In winter the long palace canal is popular with Munich residents. When the surface freezes, it’s time for skating, curling and hockey – the grounds turn into a winter sports venue right in the middle of the city.