Schloss Nymphenburg

Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich
(Photo courtesy of Turismusant München)   

An extravagent baroque palace in Munich, Germany

Schloss Nymphenburg palace, Munich
Nymphenburg park. (Photo courtesy of Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung)
The Residenz in downtown Munich may have been the official seat of the Wittelsbachs, but in summer they escaped to their more sophisticated countryside palace, now situated in the Munich suburbs.

Though it cerainly has its moments of rococo excess, some of the private apartments are refreshingly plain—well, plain for royalty—seemingly more appropriate to an upscale, up-sized manor house than a royal palace.

The palace and museums

The Great Hall of Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich
The Great Hall of Schloss Nymphenburg. (Photo courtesy of Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung)
The palace was named Schloss Nymphenburg, after the nymphs frescoed in its main entrance hall (concerts are presented here in summer).

You wouldn't know it from the unified French baroque exterior, but this place started as a modest Italianate villa in 1664 and was changed radically over the following 150 years.

The palace itself is a network of pavilions. The most worthwhile is the south pavilion (the apartments of Queen Caroline) where you can see Ludwig I's Gallery of Beauties—filled with portraits commissioned by the king of the 36 most beautiful women in the realm.

The Mastrallmuseum contains a collection of royal coaches including King Ludwig II's riotous wedding coach, entirely gilded and encrusted with a profusion of rococo stucco swirls.

Nymphenburg's park, pavilions, and pagoda

The Hunting Room in the Amenlienburg Pavilion of Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich
The Hunting Room in the Amenlienburg. (Photo courtesy of Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung)
Nymphenburg has a park to rival Versailles—over 500 acres of grassy lawns, English-style gardens, canals, pavilions, and fountains (the fountains splash from Easter through mid-Oct, 10am–noon and 2–4pm).

It would take hours to explore it all, but you can see the highlights of the park in 60–90 minutes or so.

There are four main park pavilions (smaller palaces and structures) to seek out. Roughly in order of interest, they are:

Tips & Links

Schloss Nymphenburg details
ADDRESS

Schloss Nymphenburg 1 (three miles west of the city center)

Tel. +49-(0)89/179-080
www.schloss-nymphenburg.de


OPEN

Palace/Pavillion hours:
Apr–Oct 15: daily 9am–6pm
Oct 16–Mar: daily 10am–4pm (though the pavilions in the park are closed in winter)

Park hours:
May–Aug: daily 6am–9:30pm
Apr, Sept: daily 6am–8:30pm
Mar: 6am–6:30pm
Oct: 6am–7pm
Jan–Feb, Nov: 6:30am–6pm
Dec: 6:30am–5:30pm

ADMISSION

€11.50 (Oct 16–Mar: €8.50)

TRANSPORT

S-Bahn: Laim, then bus 51
Tram: 17 (Schloss Nymphenburg), 12, 16 (Romanplatz)
Bus: 51, 151
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How long does Schloss Nymphenburg take?

Planning your time: Give the palace complex at least two hours, preferably three hours (a bit more if you plan to wander the entire park).

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How to get to Schloss Nymphenburg

There are three choices by public transport. Use whichever is most convenient to your starting point.

  • Take the S-Bahn to Laim (any line except 7), then bus 51.
  • Ride tram 17 all the way to Schloss Nymphenburg (if trams 12 or 16 are more convenient, you can take either to Romanplatz then walk a few blocks).
  • Take the U-Bahn U1 to Rotkreuzplatz, then tram 12 to Romanplatz.
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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2013.
All information was accurate at the time.


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