Munich Meanderings – Nymphenburg Palace

More Munich stories! I know I’m pretty behind on my blogs, but since Munich (and a lot of Europe actually) is still under a cold spell, this is still relevant, yeah? Bali and Brisbane posts coming soon… 0nward!

So while I didn’t go to the famed Schloss Neuchwanstein (I was persuaded towards Dachau instead), I decided to head to the nearer Schloss Nymphenburg instead since I had the day all to myself. The Nymphenburg palace was one of the summer palaces for the Bavarian rulers. Unfortunately I was seeing it in winter time, but it was still pretty cool.

A frozen river leads to the Schloss

I took the local tram service (Tram #17 from the North entrance of the main train station Haufbanhof, a few minutes walk from the Euro Youth Hotel) instead of the subway and found myself on a bridge facing the castle. It was a bit of a walk to get to the main building itself, alongside a long iced up river, which led to a large lake in front of the castle.

Panorama of the lake and castle
This was one of my favourite lomo shots of the trip – a curious swan swam up to check out if I had any food. The La Sardina does pretty great wide-angle shots

I stood around the lake, watching the ducks, swans, seagulls and other assorted birds harass people for food, before heading into the main castle building.

Reflected in the melted snow
Underneath the ice are well preserved leaves from autumn!
The Schloss!

There’s a map of the grounds outside – you can explore the gardens outside for free, and I did spot a number of joggers as well, but you have to pay to enter the rooms and museum inside (8.50 euros for the combined ticket, it costs 11.50 euros in the summer though you’ll have access to more of the other palace grounds – more here).

Map of the grounds
Ticket in my scrapbook of a summertime schloss, complete with requisite swans

There was an audio tour available, but I was feeling a little lazy that day so I elected to just wander around on my own and make sense of things through what I read and my own filter, or overhear what any English tour guides were saying to their groups. Some of the rooms are pretty beautiful as olden European stuff is wont to be, reflective of the wealth and culture these rich royals had back in the day.

Painted ceiling in the Grand Hall on the 2nd floor.
I like how this shot came out, the bottom of the crystal chandelier
This is the famous great gallery of beauties, wherein King Ludwig I displayed 36 portraits of what he considered the most beautiful women. It’s an interesting idea, this concept of what one man defines as beautiful
I also found out the name behind Theresienweise, better known as the Oktoberfest grounds
It was cold! That’s me, all wrapped up, nonchalantly admiring artworks

I did head outside to the gardens for a bit – the initial plan was to find a nice spot, sit down and catch up on journalling and drawing, but it was TOO damn COLD! No way I could take my gloves off, and it definitely wasn’t much of weather for wandering outside… I ended up taking a walk around the gardens instead and heading back inside.

Gardens are huge!
I think these weird things are actually statues or fountains – these are usually covered during the winter so they don’t freeze over or get spoilt

I’d bought the combined ticket that included the carriage museum as well. Not many people were here, it was surprisingly quiet and I was tempted to snooze at points where there were seats and it was comfortably warm… Still a fairly interesting collection of artifacts belonging to the royals if you like your history and looking at stuff only rich people can afford.

There are literal carriages in the carriage museum – can you imagine getting around in something like that today? Pretty rad
Getting out as a royal was practically a parade
This collection of noses just seems really random. Did royals wear different ones on different days? Was it so people could see their profiles better from a distance? bizarre~

When I was done with history and all, I headed back out to the tram stop, but not before ducking into this cute little cafe called BackSpeilHaus, along the cross junction of the main road and the road leading to the castle. It was delightfully warm, and while the server hardly spoke any English, I did manage to order a blessedly warm mug of hot chocolate and a chocolate croissant, mmhmm. The smell of freshly baked pastry was fabulous.

Little cafe!
Freshly baked pastries!
My hot chocolate and chocolate croissant, on really cheery crockery and a charming mosaic table

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