Le Chic En Rose

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Last week we went on a tour of the Residenz – the magnificent palace and seat of government for the Bavarian Wittelsbach rulers. On our last afternoon in Munich, we decided to check out their summer residence, the Nymphenburg Palace, which proved to be every bit as palatial as their inner city headquarters!

Approaching Nymphenburg Palace front entrance and lake with swans

Approaching Nymphenburg Palace Front Entrance

 

The Nymphenburg Palace was founded to celebrate the birth of an heir to the Bavarian throne in 1662. Max Emanuel came along some 10 years or so after the marriage of his parents, Bavarian Elector Ferdinand Maria and his wife Henriette Adelaide of Savoy and his birth was a cause for great jubilation at court. Construction began in 1664 according to the plans of north Italian architect, Agostino Barelli, and as so often happens with royal residences subsequent rulers expanded and added to the original designs to create the magnificent complex of buildings and gardens one can see today. Back in the 17th century the palace would have been well out in the country but nowadays with the growth of Munich as a city, it is a 15 minutes journey west from central Munich via public transport (S Bahn to Laim then bus to Schloss Nymphenburg or U Bahn to Rotkreuzplatz and tram to the Schloss). The walk up the street and along the little canal gives you an idea of the grand scale of the buildings and grounds.

 

 

There are a number of buildings including the Marstallmuseum (museum of carriages and sleighs in the former royal stables) and the Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain, which are generally open to the public but it appeared that there was some sort of private function taking place on the afternoon of our visit and some of the complex was off limits. Details of the various admission times to the palace buildings, museums and grounds can be found here. Since we hadn’t a lot of time left, we were quite happy to wander round the gorgeous grounds with their displays of spring flowers and relax in the beautiful surroundings.

 

 

We stopped for refreshments at the Schlosscafe Im Palmenhaus and enjoyed some iced coffees and chocolate in the beautiful garden setting there. There was an extensive selection of cakes and tortes on offer though we decided to save ourselves for a hearty Bavarian dinner later on!

 

 

After drinks we took a stroll round the landscaped park along the central canal where you can take a gondola ride during the warmer months from April to October (though again we didn’t see any gondolas on the day we were there). Some of the grounds were forested and less manicured and we came across the pretty Amalienburg hunting lodge amongst the trees.

 

You may remember the marvellous Rococo style François Cuvilliés-Theater from last week’s post. Its creator François Cuvilliés the Elder also designed the elaborate Amalienburg. It was built by Elector Karl Albrecht (later Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII) for his wife Maria Amalia of Austria between 1734 and 1739 and is another example of ornate Rococo design. We had to peer through the windows to see anything but there were the unmistakable sparkling chandeliers, intricate decor and a beautiful central “Hall Of Mirrors” – a sort of miniature Versailles!

Leaving the palace grounds we wandered back to the main road to catch a tram back into town but were sidetracked by the wonderful selection of flavours at the local gelati shop. Judging by the number of people there, it’s a hugely popular local haunt. We took our gelati back to the canal to enjoy them overlooking the water with a view of Nymphenburg in the distance.

Canal near Nymphenburg Palace

Canal near Nymphenburg Palace

 

For more beautiful walks around the world join Restless Jo on her Monday Walk!

 

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22 thoughts on “Nymphenburg The Summer Palace

  1. restlessjo says:

    When you mentioned gondolas on the lake I thought immediately of Versailles, Rosemay. Oh, to be in Paris 🙂

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    1. Ah yes that would be lovely Jo 🙂 Nymphenburg had a feel of Versailles about it on a less grand scale (from what I can remember it’s many moons ago since I was last at Versailles!!). Hope you’re having a lovely weekend and I will pop over your way very soon! 🙂

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  2. This looks indeed very grandiose. (Suzanne0

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    1. I thought the Amalienburg was very upmarket for a hunting lodge Suzanne – I think that was the Wittelsbach’s idea of “playing poor” a sort of bijou weekend cottage! Still it was a lovely place and the walk round the park was beautiful and relaxing 🙂

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  3. Gorgeous Rosemary, fascinating history and such a beautiful place. I love all the buildings and those wide open spaces. My kind of day out too with coffee, chocolate and ice cream – perfect. The gondola ride sounds like fun too, another great recommendation.

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    1. Thanks Joy it was a lovely day out and hopefully gives you a feel of what it was like to be there 🙂 We were there in April and as you can see it wasn’t crowded at all (apart from that gelati shop!). If you go it’s easy to find as it’s on the main street – leaving Nymphenburg by the front entrance you walk up alongside the canal until you get to the bridge (that you can see in the last photo) turn right and voila – it’s just down there on the right. I would have liked to have gone round the museums too but we hadn’t really got enough time to do them justice so that’s a reason to go back one day! I’d also love to do a gondola ride there too – it would be a delightful way to meander through the park and admire the gorgeous buildings and scenery. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend and the weather is not too bad – my dad has just got back from a week with my aunt in Grange-over-Sands and Lake Windermere and he said they’d had lovely autumn weather there 🙂

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  4. kayrpea61 says:

    One person’s hunting lodge is another person’s palace 🙂

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    1. Perspective is so interesting isn’t it Ken? I was watching a travel programme recently and one person reckoned that paying $13000 (US) for a night’s stay in an admittedly stunning villa in Provence wasn’t over the top!! I suppose the hunting lodge was like a small cottage to Maria Amalia! 🙂

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  5. Gill says:

    Oh my word – inconceivably spectacular…the buildings and grounds….as well as the iced coffees! First time I’ve seen Mlle looking so like Monsieur Le Chic!

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    1. Thanks Gill! It’s certainly a lovely place – the grounds were so beautiful and it was a great location for iced coffees and gelati 🙂 Everyone used to say she looked like Monsieur when she was younger but not so much recently… it was lovely to have her with us in Munich! 🙂

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  6. KerryCan says:

    It is a lovely setting! I am always intrigued by palaces since we really don’t have them in the US!

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    1. It’s certainly a lovely setting Kerry! The European palaces are quite spectacular – the luxury has to be seen to be believed!

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  7. The palace is gorgeous. Certainly wish one like that had been built for me when I was born :-). But what really caught my eye for some reason in your photos were the swans and the flower borders. There was something exceptional about those details with the grand palace in the background. Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Lisa – I loved the photo with the swans and the flowers too plus the palace so am so glad you did as well! In fact I uploaded that photo onto Instagram a while back when I first set it up because I liked the angle with the palace in the background – just kept snapping away and was pleased they came out well (it was also a beautiful sunny day, which helped!). Hope your travels are going well en route “Down Under”! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Jo will head your way soon to check out this week’s walk and the fellow walkers! 🙂

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  8. It looks amazing – almost too perfect to be real!

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    1. Yes it was immaculate Susan and a lovely place to wander around and imagine what it must have been like to live there back in the day!

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  9. Looks really amazing and big! It does remind a bit about Versailles 🙂

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    1. Yes I thought the same Hanne – definitely a hint of Versailles. I would have loved to go round the palace but that will have to wait until another day!

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  10. ledrakenoir says:

    Impressive views – very well captured… 🙂

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    1. Thanks Drake – Nymphenburg was a beautiful place to visit 🙂

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