ONE OF EUROPE’S MOST BEAUTIFUL ROYAL PALACES

Nymphenburg Palace

An enchanting piece of history: There are many palaces and castles in and around Munich dating back to various epochs. Nymphenburg Palace, a magnificent building from the 17th century which has a place amongst the greatest royal palaces in Europe, is likely the most impressive (and most visited). With its extensive gardens, the long palace canal with alleys on both sides and the ornamental fountains, the building itself, as well as the surrounding park, is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world – and for Munich residents, too.

 

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.

Our Tips

 

Schlosscafé im Palmenhaus

The name says it all: Take a seat in luxury inside and out. The building is one of three greenhouses which King Max I had built by garden architect L. Sckell in 1820. In the midst of monster palms and succulents, you can partake of an excellent breakfast, and the homemade lemonade, e.g. with elderberry, is fantastic. Reservations are recommended at peak times.

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Please note that the Schlosscafé im Palmenhaus is closed for part of the winter:
From after New Year’s Eve to the end of February.

 

Botanical Garden

Those who just can’t get enough of the local and exotic greenery can proceed on foot to the next sight. The Botanical Garden is situated next to the Nymphenburg Palace to the north. The garden is impressive even on an international scale: With an area of 21 hectares and close to 20,000 species and subspecies, it is one of the most important gardens of this kind worldwide.

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