If you are in Munich, don't miss a visit to the splendid Nymphenburg Castle, one of the most beautiful in Germany. Among the many castles of Bavaria, the Castle of the Nymphs is famous for its architecture in the Baroque style and was born as a summer residence of the Bavarian rulers Ferdinand Maria of Bavaria and Enrichetta Adelaide of Savoy. Over the centuries it became a real jewel as a testimony to the wealth of the royal family.
Don't miss all the useful info for better organize your visit to Nymphenburg Palace.
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- What to see and how to visit Nymphenburg Castle
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
- By car: 7,6 km from Munich city center, via Arnulfstraße or Romanstraße. Often busy roads, average travel time 20 min. Free parking with 450 spaces - Get directions
- By bus: S-Bahn (line S4, S6 or S8) from Munich Central Station to Laim stop + bus line 51 or 151 to Schloss Nymphenburg stop. Total travel time 25 min. Recommended day ticket € 6,70
- By tram: S-Bahn (line S3 or S8) from Munich Central Station to Rotkreuzplatz stop + tram line 12 to Schloss Nymphenburg stop. Total travel time 40 min. Recommended day ticket € 6,70
Hours and prices
- castle and park can be visited every day, from April to mid-October 9: 00-18: 00, from mid-October to the end of March 10: 00-16: 00. Closed January 1st, Shrove Tuesday, December 24th, 25th and 31st
- Best time to avoid queues: it is recommended to go early in the morning, at opening hours, to avoid queues at the ticket offices and inside the castle
Single attraction ticket prices
* The Parkburgen ticket includes admission to the palace gardens, including all the pavilions located here. It does not include the entrance inside the Palazo and the Marstallmuseum
Cumulative ticket prices
** Reductions for groups (minimum of 15 paying guests), students and participants in the "Goethe Institut" course, Disabled and over 65 years old. Free for children under 18, tourist guides every 25 paying in the group, Bavarian school students
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
What to see and how to visit Nymphenburg Castle
Nymphenburg Castle is one of the most beautiful places in Bavaria, was the summer residence of the Dukes and Kings of Bavaria until 1918. Between 1664 and 1669 the part of the palace was built at the behest of Duke Ferdinando Maria as a gift to his wife Enrichetta Adelaide for the birth of their son Maximilian II Emanuele.
In addition to the majestic palace complex, there are other areas that are absolutely worth a visit: the park with its 200 hectares of extension, the Marstallmuseum with the most beautiful carriages of Bavarian kings and a famous porcelain collection.
The Nymphenburg Palace is included in the Munich City Tour Card, which also includes thefree use of public transport, you will not have to pay for the metro and bus to reach the attraction. Furthermore, if you want to live a different experience than usual, we recommend that you attend the evening concert at the palace, where you can listen to both individual musicians and members of the Munich Philharmonic in the wonderful Hubertus Sala!
The Palace was commissioned in 1664 by the Bavarian princes Enrichetta Adelaide di Savoia and Ferdinando Maria di Baviera to the architect Barelli and was completed only in 1675. All the facades of the building are baroque and extend for about 700 meters.
E' composed of a large central building Steinerer Saal or Stone Room, characterized by frescoes in the vaulted ceiling, dedicated to the goddess Flora, made by F. Zimmermann and JB Zimmermann.
Then there is the north wing, characterized by the first antechamber with wooden panels, which are the work of Pichler, and the Brussels tapestries (dating back to 1700) in the Gobelin room, and finally the Room of the Coats of Arms, i.e. bedroom with paintings by J. Werner. The south wing it is instead characterized by an antechamber and bedroom enriched with paintings by AD Triva, by the gallery with views of Bavarian palaces, "the cabinet of Chinese lacquers", the Gallery of Beauties commissioned by Ludovico I, ie numerous portraits of women of Monaco (including the dancer Lola Montez whose cause that led to the abdication of the king).
The Nymphenburg Park it extends for 200 hectares and for its design the great Dominique Girard was initially inspired by the famous "Italian gardens", then it was modified in the English way by Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell.
The park retains the baroque peculiarity, especially evident in the large parterre, and is divided into two parts by a canal, the palace on one side and the "marble waterfall" on the other, embellished with splendid figures of Greek gods; Moreover on each side there is also a lake. In the park there are the Dörfchen (literally "village") which was created during the reign of Maximilian III Joseph in the style of the Petit Hameau, and the Salettl, a small house with a garden that served as an attraction for the sons of Maximilian Joseph IV.
In the park finally you can find several pavilions, which date back to different historical periods and built on a project by different people:
- the Pagodenburg (1716-1719): designed by J. Effner, octagonal in shape, on two floors, with a ground floor enriched with Delft ceramics
- the Badenburg (1719-1721): also designed by Effner, it is a baroque pavilion that contains a heated swimming pool
- the Magdalenenklause (1725-1728): it is a chapel built in a cave where the faithful went there for the spiritual retreat
- the Amalienburg (1734-1739): idea by F. de Cuvilliés, it is a European Rococo style building built for Charles VII and his wife Maria Amalia, inside there is the hall of mirrors and a kennel for hunting dogs
- the Apollotempel (1862-1865): the work of Leo von Klenze, it is a small temple with a neoclassical style
Marstallmuseum (Museum of carriages and sleighs) and Porcelain Museum
The Marstallmuseum is one of the most important in the world of this kind! It was completed in 1740 under Karl Albrecht and was initially used as a stable for the most valuable horses during the summer.
This museum takes its visitor back in time by making him relive three hundred years of princely construction of splendid carriages and a culture of travel and horse riding: it collects about forty carriages, various kinds of equipment and sledges owned by the Wittelsbach family. The most important "pieces" of the museum are the coronation carriage of Emperor Charles VII (among the finest state carriages in the French Rococo style), and the th century vehicles of King Louis II. A new hall has also recently been added which outlines the development of the Munich court stables from the th to the th century.
On the top floor of this building is A splendid private collection of porcelain is also exhibited of Nymphenburg, datable from the th to the th century and commissioned by Albert Bäuml.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 9:00 am; schedule extra time for any security checks
- Buy the city card: if you are interested in visiting other museums or attractions in the city, you can buy the Monaco City Tour Card, it includes discounted admissions to numerous attractions and free use of transport for its entire duration (from € 13,90 -)
- Watch out for restrictions: Some attractions and museums are not allowed to bring water or food, make sure you don't have any with you. It is recommended to take pictures without flash and not to have too bulky backpacks or suitcases with you
- Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of 2 hours for the visit. The ideal would be to be able to dedicate 3 hours of time
- Download the App for the visit: With the Nymphenburg Park app, you will be able to discover this attraction thanks to historical information, images, audio documents and films about Nymphenburg Palace. Available in English and German
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
Nymphenburg castle it was built on the occasion of the birth of Max Emanuel, in 1662, when Princess Enrichetta Adelaide of Savoy gave a son to Ferdinando Maria after ten years of marriage.
Construction work began in 1664, was initially of Italian origin and characterized by a large cubic pavilion, with a court church and a small geometric walled garden. It was completed in 1669 under Max Emanuel, thanks to whom it acquired its current dimensions. The decorations are instead an idea of the Elector Maximilian Joseph III, so they date back to the period between 1745 and 1777.
Not everyone knows that, even today, Duke Franz von Bayern, one of the descendants of the Wittelbach royal family, lives in a wing of the royal palace. Also during the summer season it is It is possible to take a gondola ride on the central canal by reservation (more info on the official website).
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