The historic Nymphenburg Castle, also known as Nymph's Castle, is one of Munich's most famous sights. This baroque Bavarian palace used to be the main summer residence of the region's rulers and it's not hard to see why. Immaculate gardens, cascading fountains and lush interiors grace this famous home, which today welcomes more than 300,000 visitors per year.
Discover the Castle of Nymphenburg and beyond
The main interior of Nymphenburg palace lies behind a 700-metre-wide baroque façade - and through its doors lie a spectrum of truly impressive sights. The Stone Hall in the central pavilion stretches over three levels, capped by a ceiling fresco depicting the ancient Greek god, Helios. Throughout the palace, much of the baroque designs have survived, alongside examples of rococo or neoclassical decoration. Outside the main palace, pavilions and wings house a variety of artefacts and curiosities, whilst the great 200-hectare park is a highlight of the palace grounds. With a preserved Baroque garden, central waterfall and long canal, the park at Nymphenburg is the perfect place to explore and unwind. From here you will also be perfectly situated to attend some of the city's most iconic events, such as the Christmas Markets and the world's most famous party, Oktoberfest.
History of the castle
One of the city's top sights and one of the largest royal palaces in Europe, the Nymphenburg Castle was built as a summer residence for the Bavarian monarchs. Built from 17th-19th century, the castle was started by Elector Ferdinand Maria and his partner Henriette Adelaide of Savoy to celebrate the birth of their son. Begun as a simple cube-shaped building in 1664, the palace was later expanded by Max Emanuel and Karl Albrecht. Throughout the years, the palace kept expanding with additional pavilions, stylistic changes and different trends that came into vogue.
Visiting Nymphenburg Castle is a chance to experience modern royalty and many attractions such as the royal apartment, central pavilion, inner southern pavilion and garden pavilions as well as the north and south galleries. Visit these magnificent and historically significant sights like Steinerner Saal, Schönheitengalerie, Queen's Bedroom, Palace Chapel, Palace Ground and Gardens, and marvel at the intact Baroque décor and Rococo and Classical styles.