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Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace, Munich. Courtesy of Bayerische SchlɆsserverwaltung

Hours: Apr-15 Oct daily 9am-6pm; 16 Oct-Mar daily 10am-4pm
Cost: €5; concessions €4
Nymphenburg Palace was for centuries the summer residence of the great Bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty, set in magnificent parkland in the Nymphenburg suburb. Admire the lavish rococo interiors and family collections, then join Mɒnchners strolling amidst eccentric follies in the gardens.
The palace features a whole range of stunning interior designs, including the massive Steinerne Saal, or stone hall, with ceiling frescoes by Johann Baptist Zimmermann. Famous rooms include the birthplace of King Ludwig I, as well as the Schoenheitsgallerie, or beauty gallery, which he later had specially built.

Overjoyed by the birth of his son in 1664, King Ferdinand Maria had the central section built for his wife in the style of an Italian villa. Around 1700, his son Max Emanuel commissioned Enrico Zuccali and Antonio Viscardi to extend the castle by adding galleries and pavilions, and in 1715 Josef Effner designed the pilasters, arched windows and busts that dominate the exterior today. A few years later the south section was added to serve as the court stables and as a counterpart the orangerie was added to the north.

Visitors can tour the palace and its varied rooms with one of the audio guides available in German, English or Italian, before enjoying a walk through the surrounding greenery and an impressive view of the palace from the outside.
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