Behold the Charms of Past Royalty Life in Nymphenburg Castle
1. Steinerner Saal
The Steinerner Saal or Stone Hall is a three-storey grand hall that will welcome you the moment you entered Nymphenburg Castle. Look up to view outstanding fresco paintings by Johann Baptist Zimmermann, depicting series of incidents featuring Greek mythology figures, such as the Charioteer of Sun Helios and Goddess of Spring accompanied with her nymphs. The Grand Hall has become a venue for banquets and concerts since the reign of Max Joseph III in the 18-th Century up until now. You can watch the performances held in this hall every Summer.
Schonheitengalerie, famously known as Gallery of Beauties is a controversial art museum located in the southern pavillion from the main hall. The museum contain about 36 portraits of beautiful and important women figures who put great influences in King Ludwig I's life. He specifically asked Joseph Karl Stieler, a German court painter to paint most of the paintings, while the rest of them were painted by Friedrich Durck. Some of the most famous figures that can be found inside the art gallery are the actress Charlote von Hagh, Eliza Gilbert (The King's Irish mistress), and Lola Montez, a dancer who allegedly involved in a 'relationship' with the King that triggered the Revolution of 1848. You can also find a painting of King Ludwig I's daughter named Princess Alexandra of Bavaria.
The Carriage Museum (Marstallmuseum) is located in the southern side of the palace buildings, right where the court stables used to be. Visitors will have a great time admiring various royal carriages and sledges from various kingdoms in Europe. Some of the highlights are French Rococo Coronation Coach for Emperor Charles VII, sleighs of King Ludwig II and the hunting sleigh of Electress Amalia adorned with a miniature statue of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt. Collection of trophy hunters collected by the royal families are also put on display in the exhibition room.
4. Museum Mensch und Natur
Located on the north wing of Nymphenburg Castle is Museum Mensch und Natur, or Museum of Man and Nature. Children and adults alike will love exploring each thematic exhibits divided into several natural science branches: Geology, Mineralogy, History of Life, Zoology, and Paleontology. Some exhibits also display various items helping visitors to understand of how human's brain works, also how evolutions and genetics influence civilizations for centuries. Special exhibit is dedicated to display the preserved body of the famous 'Bruno' brown bear.
5. Nymphenburg Park
One of main highlights in Nympenburg Castle is its royal garden, Nymphenburg Park. The Italian-style royal park stretches along 200 hectares land and everyone who entered the area will be pampered with magnificent view of lush greens and colorful flowers, you can find some hints of Baroque feels in some parts. There are numerous lovely pavillions, one of them is Amalienburg, a hunting lodge with fascinating interior design and decorated with wall paintings built for Electress Amalia. There's also a small canal where visitors can hop inside a gondola and take a relaxing tour around the park. Some wild animals even make their home in Nymphenburg Park, some of them are deers, rabbits, foxes, swans, and many more!
Right above the stables of the Marstallmuseum is Porzellansammlung or Porcelain Museum. Here's where the most exceptional porcelain from 18th Century are put on display. Each porcelains were created in such meticuluous details, each of them was commissioned by King Ludwig I.
How to Get Tickets?
Entering the castle ground of Nymphenburg Castle is free. However, you would have to pay certain amount of money for admission fees to enter the attractions inside. You have to pay a‚¬11.50 or $13.36 for adults and a‚¬9 or $10.46 for seniors from early April to mid-October. From mid-October to March, the prices deflate to a‚¬8.50 or $9.88 for adults and a‚¬6.50 or $7.55 for seniors. Children under 18 years old are free from admission charges. There are also some options for combined tickets if you want to go to specific palace attractions.
How To Get Around?
To go to nearby attractions near Nymphenburg Castle, tourists can hop into numerous public transportations provided. Subways, buses, and taxis are highly accessible from this attraction.
What Should I Wear?
There's no particular dress code to abide to explore Nymphenburg Castle. We highly advise you to wear the most comfortable walking shoes in your closet since you'll do a lot of walking.
Best Time to Visit
Your best bet to visit Nymphenburg Castle is during Spring or Summer. The weather will be relatively warm and it's also seasons where the royal garden is at its glory. Some musical concerts are also held in the main hall every Summer, you might not want to miss them!
Will I Need a Guide?
It might be a good idea to hire a guide, though you don't have to especially if you want to explore the castle with your own pace. Just read information in this website, and you are ready to go.
How To Get There?
Take S-Bahn to Laim, transfer to city bus with destination to 'Schloss Nymphenburg' to reach Nymphenburg Castle. Other alternative is to take U-Bahn to Rotkreuzplatz. Take tram to Romanplatz, the castle is 10-minutes away on foot from the station. If you depart from Central Munich, you can take tram 17 to Romanplatz.