Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich

The Schloss Nymphenburg Palace in Munich

Schloss Nympnenburg Palace in Munich, Germany is one of the most famous sites in Germany. Also known as Nymph’s castle, it was built to commemorate the birth of Max Emanuel. It was commissioned by the prince-electoral couple Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Savoy in 1664. In the Baroque fashion, it was designed by Italian architect Agostino Barelli.

Over the years, there were several additions made to the palace and property. Max Emanuel began the upgrades in 1701 by adding two pavilions. The south section was extended into court stables and a grand circle with baroque mansions was created. There is also a 200-hectare park built in 1671 as an Italian garden. In the park, there is a canal that runs from the palace to the marble cascade and two lakes, Dorfchen and Salettl.

The palace and surrounding grounds were host to many historical events and historical items.



The Paris Coronation Coach that was used in the coronation of Emperor Charles VII in 1742 can be found in the Marstallmuseum, along with many of King Ludwig II’s carriages and sleighs found in the court stables. Nymphenburg Palace was the location of negotiations that brought about the Treaty of Nymphenburg in 1741 that ended the fighting between France, Spain, and Austria.

This is also the birthplace of Nymphenburg Porcelain where the factory was founded by Maximillian III Joseph. This porcelain is known for its legendary beauty and quality. There are four magnificent park palaces also known as pleasure palaces. Amalienburg is part ballroom and part hunting room. It was built by Prince Elector Karl Albrect in 1739. Among other things, it contains the Hall of Mirrors.

Badenburg Palace has Chinese themed wallpaper and Monopteros, a Greek Temple honoring Apollo. Pagodenburg was built in 1718 by Max Emanuel. He built it to relax after a game called “pall mall” similar to croquet. Magdalenenklause Palace , a part of Nymphenburg Palace, was built in 1728 as a refuge to ponder the “religious contemplation of the transitoriness of earthly lives.” It was designed to look like a crumbling cottage with a dark and dreary feel.

Today, Nymphenburg Palace is open to the public daily. It is also home and chancery for the head of the house of Wittelsbach. Entry gives you access to the palaces, Marstallmuseum, Nymphenburg Porcelain Museum, and Nymphenburg park palaces. You can also walk the park grounds and gardens, which is one of the world’s largest city gardens. You won’t regret taking in the elegant design and beautiful surroundings when you’re in Munich.

Schloss Nymphenburg address and hours

Schloss Nymphenburg
Eingang 19
80638 München

The hours vary with the time of year. The Palace and grounds are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from April to mid-October and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. October to March. The cost to walk the grounds and palaces is $10-14.

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