The Nymphenburg Palace is the largest Baroque palace in all of Germany and offers visitors a true taste of Bavarian history as they stroll through its elegant rooms and expansive gardens. The imposing palace dates back to 1664 when it was built for Electress Adelaide of Savoy, and has been through many incarnations and extensions over the centuries, with Franz Duke of Bavaria still residing here.
Throughout the Nymphenburg Palace, visitors will be treated to spectacular interiors and remarkable ceiling frescoes, some by noted German painter Johann Baptist Zimmermann. The palace’s most famous attraction is the Schönheitengalerie, or Gallery of Beauties. The gallery is home to 36 portraits of some of Munich’s most beautiful women, produced between 1827 and 1850 by artist Joseph Stieler for King Ludwig I of Bavaria. This set of paintings is now among the most iconic must-sees when it comes to art in Munich.
Other major features of this magnificent building include the Museum of Man and Nature, which is located in the North Wing, and the Queen’s Bedroom, which still features the sleigh bed upon which King Ludwig II was born. The on-site park offers 490 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, which are free to enter. The large lake is an ideal spot for curling and skating in the winter months. Be sure to also visit the Spiegelsaal – or hall of mirrors – in the Amalienburg, a hunting lodge decked out in crystal and gilt.
The gardens offer many regally adorned water features, an old arboretum and the impressive Marstallmuseum, a museum dedicated to carriages and sleighs located in the historic riding stables on the grounds. On the upper floor of the Marstallmuseum is the Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain, featuring an exquisite range of examples of this delicate art.