Schloß Nymphenburg

Happy Palace Day!

I am resurrecting a post on Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace), this time, complete with a selection of photos taken in 2010. Nymphenburg is one of my favourite palaces in Bavaria, if not in the world. This summer residence of the rulers of the House of Wittelsbach was commissioned by Elector Ferdinand Maria and his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy (her mother was a sister of Louis XIII of France), in 1664 and completed in 1675 (although it would later be expanded). It was here where King Ludwig II the fairytale king was born in 1845 (and I think his cousin Sissi would have spent her summers as a child).

The Castle of the Nymphs

Schloss Nymphenburg

Front of the palace

Back of the palace

  • Museum apartments – one floor of halls, antechambers, and bedchambers

Great Hall / Stone Hall

Great Hall / Stone Hall

Antechamber: portrait of Ferdinand Maria & Henriette Adelaide

Queen’s Bedchamber: where Crown Princess Marie of Prussia gave birth room to the future King Ludwig II, born on 25 August 1845.

Nymphenburg porcelain

  • Amalienburg – built for Electress Amalie as a hunting lodge in the rococo style. Best known for its circular “hall of mirrors”.

  • Badenburg – basically the bath house. Some of the rooms are in chinoiserie.

  • Pagodenburg – the smallest “home”, mainly a resting place for the royals after a game of something similar to croquet. The style is rococo á la chinoise.

  • Magdalenenklause – a place for religious meditation, built in the style of Italian monastic ruins. Grotto-styled chapel styled with reefs and shells (must have been extraordinarily colourful and white at one time).
  • Gardens


Address: Schloß Nymphenburg 1, 80638 München, Germany
Opening hours: April-October Mon-Fri 9:00 – 18:00
Price: 11,50€ for combo ticket; 6€ for just the palace
* This self-guided tour of the palace and grounds takes around 3 hours but it’s best to spend at least half a day to enjoy what Nymphenburg has to offer.