I have been to Schloss Nymphenburg three times.
To me the site of Schloss Nymphenburg rings a resounding bell in my head that I am back in Munich.
The very first time I flew into Munich in 2003 Bec and I where picked up at the airport by a friend who took us straight to Schloss Nymphenburg. He lived in Munich and he is extremely proud of this Palace. We had ice cream sitting on the canal that runs up to Schloss Nymphenburg which was bought from a little gelato shop around the corner, a real local gem. The water, trees, sunshine, a Palace in the background and peaceful white swans swimming around is something I will never forget. What an introduction to a place that would become quite possibly my favourite city in Europe.
Construction started on Schloss Nymphenburg in 1664 and by 1679 the original Palace was completed. In 1715 further construction and design of the Palace was started once again and continued on and off for most of the 17th century under different Bavarian Royal families. The Palace was to become a favourite of many Bavarian Royals the most notable of them was King Ludwig II. King Ludwig went on to build many Castles and Palaces in Bavaria, the most famous being Nueschwanstein Castle.
The gardens that surround Nymphenburg are 490 acres in size. I must say I have never really explored the gardens in length as they cover such a large area but I image they would be fantastic on a beautiful sunny Munich day.
We have toured the Palace twice in our travels, once in 2003 and again in 2013. On both of these trips we toured inside the Palace. The first was just myself and Bec and the second was with the girls. It was amazing the tiny things that you can notice when you are with children. The minute details that they will pick up on are amazing and it was really an eye opener for us with the things they would notice especially in the paintings . The areas available to tour inside the Palace are not large and may only take 30 minutes or so but that is up to you and what you can take from the beautifully decorated rooms. You can hire an audio guide for the tour that will fill you on the history of the Palace as you make your way from one room to another. The Palace is decorated elaborately as one would expect. The rooms are painted with beautiful paintings that decorate the whole room, walls and floors. Its like stepping inside the Louvre in Paris or the National Gallery in Melbourne. Instead of the art being inside frames its the whole rooms are the art.
The Marstall Museum is housed in the old stables section of the Palace. It opened in 1941. This Museum has a collection of carriages and sleighs from the 18th and 19th centuries and is one of the most important of its kind in Europe. We viewed this section in 2003 and from memory some of the royal carriages are unbelievably grand and pieces of art in their own right. One of the main features was also the harness of the two Munich coronation coaches of 1813 and 1818. In 1994 the state vehicles belonging to King Ludwig II and the numerous gala harnesses used with them, together with the portraits of the king’s riding horses, were included among the permanent exhibits of the Marstallmuseum.
If you are in Munich it is a must see from us. Even viewing the Palace from the outside is special. It is also a cheap destination that could cost you nothing more than the tram fare to get out here if wandering around the magnificent rooms is not for you. You could view the outside of the Palace and the gardens for no cost. You could spend hours walking around the carefully manicured gardens. The gift shop is open so you can grab yourself a souvenir. I bought Willow a comic book based on the life of King Ludwig II. Out the front of the Palace is a lake that has white Swans (the symbol of King Ludwig II) you can take some bread along and let the kids (or yourself) feed them. Be cautious though as they can get pretty friendly these swans and they are not afraid to let you know when they are ready for another piece of bread! There is also a large grass area where you can sit and have a rest or some food. Hofbrau beer is the royal beer of Bavaria so it would only be right to have a Hofbrau beer at a royal residence.
The number 17 tram services Schloss Nymphenburg. It runs through Karlsplatz stachus in the city centre making access to the Palace very easy for all.
Don't forget the Gelato shop out the front of the Palace on the road where the tram runs!