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Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg), Munich
Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Museums, Tourist Spots
While millions of tourists flock to the city for its world-famous beer festival, few find their way to the tranquil Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg). Renowned architect Agostino Barelli designed this sprawling, 200 hectare (490 acre) garden oasis, which was completed in 1675. The palace once served as the summer residence of Bavarian kings. The facade was redesigned in the French Baroque style in 1716, and now is about 700 m (2,300 ft) wide. You can visit both the gardens and their several museums. The most notable one, inside the former royal stables, contains one of the biggest horse carriage collections in Europe. Regular guided tours aren't available, but you can pick up an informative audio guide at the site's entrance. Use our Munich trip itinerary builder to add Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and other attractions to your Munich vacation plans.
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We visited in the evening after the palace was closed for visitors. We walked around the grounds/gardens which extend far behind the palace similar to Versailles.
Europe is such a wonderful place to explore medieval castles. this is one of the prettiest. It is a great place to visit.
The palace area is huge...the inner palace is beautiful...stick to the tree shades to stroll within the palace area...boat ride is short and expensive...do not miss the grotto...just before the cafés.... read more »
I visited in the palace in the summer, on a lovely sunny day, and got a fantastic experience from it. It's not quite the Munich Versailles, but it's similar! I wasn't really interested in the building, and apparently most of it is not open to the public - but the grounds are beautiful. The approach is impressive, with its long canal, and the front of the building. Inside, there are so many paths, through manicured lawns and wild meadows, over streams, through nice open woodland. If you enjoy that sort of thing, you must come. There are also a few interesting buildings scattered in the park itself. If you visit here, you must also pop over to the adjacent Munich botanical garden, a small but stunning place, crammed with lovingly tended flowers, woodland and greenhouses. It's worth three times the 4.50 Euro admission!
Really beautiful and amazing gardens and palace buildings. Everything is well maintained, although there are a number of waterfowl so watch your step. It is free to wander around the outside, and go into the garden area. You have to buy a ticket if you want to tour the inside of the palace, but honestly the garden was much more interesting and quite beautiful.
The Palace is beautiful. You only get access to a few rooms in the Palace, but it's very nice. The park and pavilions are a good experience too. There is only one toilet in the entire Palace so if you're visiting the pavilions you'll have to walk back to main Palace for the toilet. I had a very negative experience with the toilet attendant. Upon entering the toilet there was an older female attendant standing there with a handful of coins in her hand. I thought this meant that it was a paying toilet and was about to leave to get my wallet from the lockers and return but she waved me past and told me to go in. When I was ready to exit I noticed some ladies exiting before me giving her money and some ladies did not. So I realized that she was expecting a tip. As I did not have any coins on me (as my wallet was still in the lockers) I could not tip and as I walked past her she stopped me, pointed her finger at me and said some things in German in a very negative tone. I do not speak German and tried to let her know that I do not have any change to tip her. She scoffed at me and I left. My companions that later went to the toilet reported a similar experience.
A beautiful palace and grounds. Definitely for people who really enjoy nature and gorgeous gardens. You see relatively little of the interior so if that's your thing you may feel a little lacking but come on a sunny day with good walking shoes and you won't be disappointed at the trails and buildings scattered throughout the grounds
For such a large building, visitors aren't allowed in much of it. The rooms you do see are very nice and ornate but you leave feeling cheated after seeing the size from the outside. Also, in the winter, the gardens are covered in wooden boxes over trees, no plants, and an empty fountain. No doubt it looks much better in warmer months.
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