Munich’s Palaces

Things to Do — By Mike Richardson on February 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Munich has two palaces within the city that are able to be toured.  Both are impressive in their own right and worth visiting, but of course not everyone has time to see everything so I would like to try and explain here what there is to see and how they compare.

The main royal palace of the country of Bavaria was the Residenz in downtown Munich.  This was originally a castle from 1385 that, starting in 1508, was slowly converted into one of the largest palaces in Europe.  On a tour of the building today visitors can see only  130 rooms, but that is more than enough for most visitors as it includes all of the bedrooms, all of the most famed rooms, and gives one an impressive overview of who the Wittelsbach dynasty were.  Audio guides are included in the entrance price and do a fine job of explaining anything of interest throughout the building.  At least a couple hours are recommended to visit the Residenz and it can easily be combined with the state treasury which is also inside a section of the Residenz along with the most beautiful of Munich’s opera houses, the Cuvilliés Theater.

More detailed information on the construction, over the centuries, of the Residenz can be found here.

The Residenz costs 7 Euros

Residenz Museum
Residenz Museum costs 7 Euros
Treasury costs 7 Euros

Combination ticket “Residenz Museum/ Treasury” costs 11 Euros
The Cuvilliés-Theatre alone costs 3.5 Euros

Combination ticket “Residenz Museum / Treasury / Cuvilliés-Theatre” costs 13 Euros

Munich’s second best known palace is the Wittelsbach dynasty’s main summer palace which is called Schloss Nymphenburg.  Nymphenburg, unlike almost anything downtown, is almost completely original as it is far enough from the city center that it was not bombed.  The palace is in the baroque style with construction starting in 1664.  Like the Residenz, you don’t visit Nymphenburg just to see the palace itself.  Apart from the interior rooms there is what is known as the Marstall Museum which displays the Wittelsbach carriages as well as a full floor showcasing Nymphenburg porcelain.  Aside from the main palace and the Marstall museum, there are also four smaller palace buildings in the overwhelmingly large and beautiful gardens behind the main palace.  Most visitors will need a couple hours for the main palace and the Marstall museum, with an additional hour or two for the gardens.  One can look at this as somewhere between Versailles and Schönbrunn.

Nymphenburg is 9 Euros for the palace alone or €11.50 for everything

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