One of the largest king's palaces in Europe, Nymphenburg Palace is located in Munich's west. Visitors start their tour through the palace at the stone hall. This festive hall was built in 1758 and has not been altered since, leaving it as an authentic rococo room. Palace Nymphenburg is also famous as the gallery of beauties favoured by Ludwig I., Bavarian king from 1786 to 1868. On behalf of the king, Joseph Stieler produced an array of famous paintings depicting women in the period between 1827 and 1850. One of the paintings, “Schöne Münchnerin”, shows Helene Sedlmayr and Lola Montez. The latter was the reason Ludwig I. relinquished his claim to the throne. The room Ludwig II. was born in on 25 August 1845 is also inside of this palace. It has been kept in it original shape.
Apart from the interior, the English landscape garden, which is actually kept in French style, is also worth a visit. Enjoy the magnificent landscape garden and go for a nice walk. The park is filled with streams, ponds, statues, figures and little palaces. And all is surrounded by idyllic nature.
Nymphenburg Palace accommodates four museums in total. At the Museum of Natural Science “Man and Nature”, youcan learn about the history of the earth and the multitude of organisms. In the Marstall Museum, splendid coaches and riding equipment, that were once used by the prince-electors and kings, are on display. The collection, including the splendid vehicles of King Ludwig II., is regarded as one of the most important ones in this field. You can find out about the history of the porcelain manufacture of the palace at the Porcelain Museum. There are more than 1000 samples depicting the past centuries of the porcelain production site. Even art connoisseurs will enjoy their visit here: the Erwin von Kreibig Museum, named after an artist from Munich, exhibits drawings and paintings and also shows some artwork by other regional artists in temporary exhibitions.
Nymphenburg Palace was built on behalf of prince-elector Ferdinand Maria in 1664. The palace was intended as a gift for his wife because she was pregnant with the future successor to the throne Max Emanuel. Architects from all over Europe were asked to work on this project. The summer residence and the palace itself have been architecturally extended several times by many successors of Ferdinand.
How to get there
On public transport
S-Bahn: take any of the following lines: S1, S2, S3, S6, S8 until you arrive at the stop “Laim”, then continue by bus line 51 and get off at the stop “Schloss Nymphenburg”.
Underground/ Tram: take either line U1 or U7 and get off at the station “Rotkreuzplatz”, then continue using tram line 17 until you arrive at the stop “Schloss Nymphenburg”.
Tram: take line 17 and get off at “Schloss Nymphenburg”.
Palace Nymphenburg has 450 car parks available for visitors free of charge.
Using motorway A8, drive up to the end of the motorway and keep following the signs “Schloss Nymphenburg”
Take motorway A96 and exit at Laim or A95 and exit at München-Schwabing, then turn left into the Fürstenrieder Straße and continue this way until you reach Romanplatz square. Turn left into Notburgastraße and follow the signs leading you to the palace. Turn left at the bridge.
Take motorway A9 and exit at München-Schwabing. Keep driving towards the centre and continue on Schenkendorfstraße. Follow the signs leading you to the palace straight ahead, turn left into Menzinger Straße, carry on until you get to the northern slip road, turn left at the bridge and here you are at the palace.