Monday, 7 July 2014

Nymphenburg Castle, in Munich.

München, Germany,
17th June, 2014.

Day three.

Early in the morning, we've visited Schloss Nymphenburg, located about 15 minutes from our place. It is a huge magnificent castle, one of the largest royal palaces in Europe, and the best part is, compared to the castles I've visited in Istanbul a few months ago, we are allowed to take photos! 

Schloss Nymphenburg is surrounded by beautiful park gardens and a few smaller pavilions; Badenburg, Amelienburg, Pagodenburg and Magdalenenklause, and to go to each of the pavilions, we've walked through the park, and believe me, the park is soooo huge!

I've to divide day three into 2 parts, because we've visited this castle in the morning and BMW Museum in the evening. Both are great places to share with you guys, definitely a lot of photos taken! 

#misimencariistana 2. Schloss Nymphenburg 

In 1664, Prince Ferdinand Maria had the castle built as a present to his wife, who had borne him the long-awaited heir, Max Emanuel. Max Emanuel himself later played a significant role in expanding the palace layout.

For many years, the palace buildings were used by the Wittelsbachs as a summer residence. Some spaces have their original Baroque decor intact, while others were later remodeled in Rococo and Classical styles. 

Nymphenburg Palace from the entrance.
Nymphenburg Palace Great Hall.
The Gallery of Beauties is lined with portraits of 38 local women Ludwig I found pleasing.
Nymphenburg Palace view from the garden.


First heated indoor pool of modern times. Public bathing scene for the court's enjoyment: the Badenburg was built with this idea in mind. The heated, tiled pool - quite rare for the period - opens onto a hall decorated in stucco marble. Josef Effner built the pavilion in 1719-21. It was later remodeled by Klenze.

Badenburg Lake with Monopteros.

Chinese-style rococo: The most personal and intimate creation of Elector Maximilian Emanuel. 

French on the outside, Oriental on the inside: the first of the garden pavilions to be built (Effner, 1716-19) is like a precious jewel, with its two hexagonal drawing rooms and the Chinese cabinet - the monarch's "Chinese luxury" soon became the rage. The octagonal ground floor is covered with 2,000 Dutch Delft tiles. The rooms above are ornamented in black and red lacquer and painted silk and paper tapestries.


Amalienburg (my favourite!)

An exquisite example of rococo at its finest. The circular hall of mirrors creates an ethereal atmosphere in the Bavarian national colors, silver and blue.

The charming pavilion was a present from Elector Karl Albrecht to his wife Amalia, a daughter of Emperor Joseph I. Built by Cuvilliés between 1734 and 1739, the Amalienburg is considered to be the loveliest pleasure pavilion in the European rococo tradition.



The Magdalenenklause was conceived as the living quarters of a hermit and stands in a small, "overgrown" wood. Built with tiles and partly plastered,it looks like a ruin from the outside. Cracks in the masonry and crumbling plaster serve as a reminder of the frailty of all things earthly. 



1. Museum of carriages and sleighs in the former royal stable.

The coach-house known as the "Rich Remise" which was built by the Bavarian elector Maximilian I (reigned 1597-1651) on the east side of his town residence, was used for the Wittelsbachs’ carriages and harness for centuries.

King Ludwig II's State Coach; Munich 1870/71.

2. Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain – Bäuml Collection.

The history of the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory is inseparably linked with that of the palace. The porcelain collection of the Bäuml family is famous among connoisseurs and collectors all over the world.

Since my brother would have a meeting at BMW headquarters, just next to BMW Museum in the afternoon on that day, we went back to the apartment, and while he was getting ready and waiting for chauffeur to fetch him, my SIL and I decided to come with him but went to the BMW Museum instead hihii.

with love,

1 comment:

artistmother said...

Lovely photos! I'm teaching a class on architectural history and ran across your blog. It helped explain all the images I was finding of the Nymphenburg and where each interior was located. Very helpful. The images are very high quality.
Thank you for sharing!