30 July — August 3 2014
On my second day in Munich, I went to Schloss Nymphenburg (Castle of the Nymph). The palace was also the birth place of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
From my hotel, I took a subway to Laim station. The Germans have so much faith in their citizen. There is no ‘gate’ to the subway station and anyone can just enter the subway without buying a ticket. However, if you don’t have your ticket validated, the conductor may fine you.
It is about 50-90 seconds from station to station, making the journey really fast.
Left: Subway Station
Right: Opposite the bus stop, Liam Bf.
After getting off at Laim Station, walk through a tunnel filled with bicycles and cross over to take the bus to “Schloss Nymphenburg”. I believe all buses goes to the palace: 51, 151, 168. I had trouble with taking the bus since I’ve got no idea how to purchase a ticket or get my ticket validated.
Left: Bus Stop information at ‘Liam Bf’.
Right: Newspaper stands at ‘Liam Bf’ bus stop.
It took about 15 minutes from Laim Bf. to Schloss Nymphenburg.
After getting off, you will see the ‘lake’ leading to the palace. Incredibly picturesque. There were children feeding the ducks by the lake which was both beautiful and adorable.
It is €11.50 for a combination ticket to Nymphenburg Palace as well as the other garden pavilions. If you don’t intend to go to the pavilions, admission charges for the park is free. You can purchase the ticket as well as other memorabilia at Nymphenburg Palace’s lobby.
If you intend to visit the various pavilions, please download this map of the park (click here) because it will set you back €2 to get a map of the place which is really not worth the money.
Steinerer Saal or Stone Hall is located in the central pavilion. They don’t allow DSLR or cameras, bag packs or food into the pavilion. I was quite pissed off by the security guard because he didn’t allow me to bring my small bag pack and DSLR because there were other ladies carrying their huge sling bags. He even asked where I was from. Discrimination?
Ended up putting my bag in the locker which is free. And hiding the DSLR in my jacket like how I use to sneak food into the cinema theater. It worked! I mean, how can I miss the opportunity of taking photos of the beautiful place. I was even more pissed when I saw a lady carrying a DSLR with her stroller. I mean, C’MON?! There’s so many things you can put in the stroller and he barred me from bringing my small bag pack.
I was floored when I entered the hall. The ceiling fresco and chandeliers, the baroque style of the hall. I’ve never seen such opulence before.
King Ludwig I’s Hall of Beauties is located on the South of the pavilion. The Queen’s Bedroom, the birthplace of King Ludwig II is also located here. Honestly, it was the ugliest room in the entire park/palace. Such an awful shade of green, there’s nothing alluring about this room. I don’t have a good picture of this room but I promise you, you’re not missing out. Google it.
The royal carriages and sleighs were kept in the Marstallmuseum, South Wing of the palace. This museum made me feel like I am a poor person but it also made me feel incredibly blessed to be able to be standing there and seeing such incredible carriages.
The amount of extravagance is second to none. If I were transported back to 18th century, the horses were probably better dressed than I am. The horses’ saddles and accessories were kept in glass displays which is bad for photographs because of the reflections. No amount of Fendi or Chanel can ever compare.
There were also lots of porcelain pieces on display but since I am not really interested in them, breezed through them and headed to Amalienburg; one of the places I was really excited to visit and boy, I was not disappointed!
Amalienburg is a pleasure palace and a hunting lodge. The highlight of this pavilion was of course the Hall of Mirrors. Decorated in European Rococo style.
Badenburg, House of Bath is further down from Amalienburg. This was probably the least interesting pavilion for me. However, I do love the Chinoiserie seen in one of the rooms.
Before walking over to Pagodenburg, I spent some time by the lake and had some cherry tomatoes which I brought since I didn’t have breakfast. Love the serene and laid-back environment. There was a guys sitted on my left reading a book while an old couple on my right watching the ducks. I wished I had more time to idle like them.
Lucky to capture this shot while having my cherry tomatoes!
Monopteros, The Apollo Temple
While walking from Badenburg to Pagodenburg, an old German couple talked to me in German telling me there’s an ‘Owl’ on the tree. At first, I didn’t quite understand what she was saying until she lent me her binoculars. Lucky to capture this.
The Eighteenth-Century Chinoiserie room with a Chess table at Pagodenburg, was one of my favorite rooms in the palace. There were lots of Chinese porcelain designs across the room.
Lastly, Magdalenenklause or Magdalene Hermitage. The outward appearance was really rustic compared to the other pavilions and I had expected it to have baroque or rococo styled interiors like the pavilions but I was so wrong. When I stepped into the pavilion, I was surprised. It was designed as a ruin with a private chapel. Incredibly alluring.
Took a slow walk back to the main entrance and went into one of the small gardens where I witness this cute scene.. Cheeky boy!
I spent a few hours there. To be exact, 1130 - 1545. I have not walked the entire park but covered all the ticketed pavilions. Would I go there again? Absolutely! Perhaps during winter. It would b quite a sight with snow covering the roofs and pavements.
Took the train back to Odeonsplatz to visit the Residenz Museum. I was upset I did not have enough time because the museum closes at 1800hrs and I was there at 1700hrs. Only made it to the Cuvilliés-Theater.
Just before I left for Munich, I spent some me-time catching Phantom of the Opera at home so this theater reminded me of the movie which I enjoyed so much. I was fortunate to be the only one in the theater for a good 5 minutes. Shame that we are not allowed to go to the box seats. Will try that the next time I’m here.
It’s €3.50 to go into the Cuvilliés-Theater which is really not worth because the combination ticket cost €13.00. But well, I’ll be back for sure!
Walked to Pinakothek der Moderne. Decided not to purchase a ticket since they were closing. After looking around, I was convinced I am not missing out since I don’t really fancy what they offered. But if you’re keen, the entrance fee is only €1 if you go on Sundays.
Balla Beni or better known as the ‘Best Ice Cream in Munich’ was around the area (directly opposite Brandhorst Museum). Ordered the lemon and mint flavor together with another fruit flavor which I can’t remember. It was quite okay. Perhaps I should have gotten the chocolate instead. The best ice cream I had is a Nougat flavored gelato from MEC3 if I didn’t remember wrongly. Best ever.
Well, this concludes my 48 hours in Munich, Germany. Such a beautiful place. Almost everyone there speaks English which is a major plus. However, the food isn’t really to my liking. All in all, I can’t wait to be back in Munich. I had so much fun.
Red eye flight back to Singapore. Caught ‘The Other Women' as well as 'The Lion Men’, the latter was so enjoyable. I didn’t managed to get sleep because there was a crying baby but I did managed to capture this…
All photos taken by Canon 650D/iPhone.