Saturday morning my parents went to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial. Since kids under 12 are discouraged from going, our little family decided to travel to the Nymphenburg Palace instead. And may I just say, WOW. This was my favorite activity/place in all of Munich. Sad it wasn't with my parents, but they had fun (not really the right word) at Dachau. We parked, got out of the car, and practically ran to the walkway across the water to start taking photos.
More of the palace - the ends.
There were swans swimming freely in the lakes and ponds and rivers around the palace. MEAN swans! They were literally running across the water squawking at each other.
A view back to the road from the walkway over the water.
The Great Hall in the middle was the dining hall, site of big Wittelsbach family festivals. One of the grandest Rococo rooms in Bavaria, it was decorated by Johann Baptist Zimmermann (of Wieskirche fame) and François de Cuvilliés in about 1760.
The painting on the ceiling shows a pagan heavenly host of Olympian gods, a scene designed to help legitimize the supposedly divine rule of the Wittelsbachs. I could stare and stand in this room forever.
From here, the two wings (the King's and the Queen's) are mirror images of one another: antechamber, audience chamber, bedchamber, and private living quarters.
Interior palace room details.
Looking back at the palace.
Hidden on the tree is an "L+M" carved into a tree and painted red. L+M for my cousin Maren and Logan!
Three hundred yards from the palace, hiding in the woods is...
The Amalienburg - a fine little Rococo hunting lodge which takes just a few minutes to tour.
A three-way fork in the road! Which way which way? I think we went straight and followed that couple.
LOVE the neon yellow against the Chinese prints. So modern and fresh!
Greenery as far as the eye could see! Back in the day when there was no internet and people would just WALK everywhere for FUN!
We had to run back to the car to make sure we met my parents on time. We missed seeing the other two palaces, but there's always a next time cuz it's pretty close by.
I think visiting palaces is my favorite thing to do here.
So long Nymphenburg - you are GORGEOUS!