8 things to do near Nymphenburg Palace in Munich
When you think of Munich green areas, you often think of the Englische Garten (English Garden) – one of the largest parks in the world -, the Eisbach river with its surfers or the clear Isar river. However, if you take a closer look around and observe where the locals hang, you’ll discover something else: the Nymphenburg Palace Park which surrounds Nymphenburg Palace!
Munich is frequently named Germany’s most livable city. This isn’t just because of the Munich’s proximity to the mountains, but predominantly due to the many green areas, which drew visitors to the city every day – and Nymphenburg Palace with its palace park plays a big part in this! Here are our top 8 things you can do near Nymphenburg Palace in Munich.
#1 The Nymphenburg district of Munich
Nymphenburg is Munich city center’s “green oasis”. It isn’t only the park surrounding the famous Nymphenburg Palace and the Botanical Garden right next door which attract visitors looking to unwind in the summer. In the area of Nymphenburg Palace you will also find the Hirschgarten, which is home to the Munich’s biggest beer garden, the “Hirschgarten Biergarten”, a deer park and there is plenty of room for a BBQ and picnic. Swimming and sauna facilities in Nymphenburg area can be found at the Dantebad. And, if you are a fan of the Gründerzeit period take a stroll around the Nymphenburg, grand streets lined with mansions are waiting for you.
#2 Relax in Nymphenburg Palace Park
Nymphenburg Palace Park doesn’t just boast dreamlike scenery, but also offers immediate relaxation. Take a walk by the canal (almost two kilometers long) which runs from the Hubertusbrunnen fountain straight to the Nymphenburg Palace, where you will be greeted by the swans. From there onward, it seems as the hustle and bustle of the city is suddenly a million miles away, beyond the palace walls!
#3 Magical Walk in Nymphenburg Palace Park
You can lose yourself for an entire day, à la Alice in Wonderland, in the 180 hectare (that’s roughly equivalent to 180 football pitches) Nymphenburg Palace Park, with its wild paths. But don’t worry – you always find your way back to the main pathways: passing the birdhouse designed by Cuvilliés and heading towards the Amalienburg, the walk takes you to the Grünes Brunnhaus (Green Pump House) and The Temple of Apollo, passing the Badenburg Lake. Crossing wide meadow land, you can enter the forest and the route takes you back towards the main entrance via the Pagodenburg on the shore of the Kleiner See lake. The perfect way to end a day at Nymphenburg Palace Park it would be a visit to the Schlosscafé im Palmenhaus (the Palace Cafe in the Palm House), or the Victoria House in the Munich-Nymphenburg Botanical Garden.
#4 Sport in Nymphenburg Palace Park
Athletes can also enjoy the park to the fullest, it’s a perfect place for jogging. There’s hardly anywhere else in the city a place which gives you the feeling of being so immersed with the nature while running. If you’re lucky, you might come across a deer! The paths around Nymphenburg Palace and Nymphenburg Palace Park offer varied routes and breathtaking scenery.
#5 Arts and Crafts at Nymphenburg Palace:
Have you ever heard of Nymphenburg porcelain? In the northern palace crescent (Nördliches Schlossrondell) of Nymphenburg Palace there is in fact something quite rare, preserved just as it was in the year 1747. Here, Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg still produces porcelain objects. To this day, all of the porcelain pieces continue to be made by hand using techniques which have been passed down and preserved from generation to generation since it was established in 1747. The designs are coming from contemporary designers and artists who are among the world’s most renowned creative minds. Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg is the last company of its kind in the world which manufactures its products purely by hand!
#6 Culture at Nymphenburg Palace
You couldn’t imagine a more fairy tale palace than Nymphenburg Palace! What secrets is it hiding? You can find out for yourself. Take a guided tour of Nymphenburg Palace with the Marstallmuseum (Museum of Carriages and Sleighs) and the Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain.
#7 Munich Botanical Garden next to Nymphenburg Palace Park
If you want to know about Swiss cheese plants, succulent plants and everything relating to urban gardening, then the top place to visit in Munich is the Munich-Nymphenburg Botanical Garden. The Munich-Nymphenburg Botanical Garden, also known as the New Botanic Garden, is an area of over 21 hectares, one of the Germany’s largest botanical gardens. The highlight of the botanical garden is the Victoria House, with its huge pond and giant water lilies.
#8 Winter at Nymphenburg Palace
Locals love visiting Nymphenburg Palace in the winter too! You can go ice-skating or try curling on the frozen canal in front of Nymphenburg Palace! Around Christmas time, there are food and drink stalls around the canal providing refreshments.
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