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Nymphenburg Palace-massive summer home of Bavarian rulers

The Nymphenburg Palace is a great place to visit on a nice day with its one square mile of parks and walking trails; the palace is only 3 miles from central Munich

The Nymphenburg Palace is a great place to visit on a nice day with its one square mile of parks and walking trails; the palace is only 3 miles from central Munich

The Grand Hall, 1760, is one of the best preserved Rococo rooms in Bavaria and was the site of big Wittelsbach family festivals; admission for the palace and the four smaller, outer palaces was 10 euros

The Grand Hall, 1760, is one of the best preserved Rococo rooms in Bavaria and was the site of big Wittelsbach family festivals; admission for the palace and the four smaller, outer palaces was 10 euros

Queen Caroline's bedroom with its original 1815 furniture; the future King Ludwig II was born in this room on August 25, 1845 (he ascended to the throne at age 18)

Queen Caroline's bedroom with its original 1815 furniture; the future King Ludwig II was born in this room on August 25, 1845 (he ascended to the throne at age 18)

The Grand Cascade (1717) leads to the Grand Canal which runs about a mile to the main palace; Germans love to get out and walk so I was very envious of the many older people here that were in great shape

The Grand Cascade (1717) leads to the Grand Canal which runs about a mile to the main palace; Germans love to get out and walk so I was very envious of the many older people here that were in great shape

You can barely see the main palace at the far end of the Grand Canal!; the 490 acre park was a great getaway from the crowds in the city

You can barely see the main palace at the far end of the Grand Canal!; the 490 acre park was a great getaway from the crowds in the city

Nymphenburg Palace. Canaletto, 1761; displayed at Munich Residenz, the Nymphenburg still looks the way it did 250 years ago

Nymphenburg Palace. Canaletto, 1761; displayed at Munich Residenz, the Nymphenburg still looks the way it did 250 years ago

This was the bedroom of the electress (wife of the elector); there were 7 electors with one coming from the Wittelsbachs of Bavaria from 1623-1806

This was the bedroom of the electress (wife of the elector); there were 7 electors with one coming from the Wittelsbachs of Bavaria from 1623-1806

This is King Ludwig I's Gallery of Beauties with portraits of 36 women from all social ranks; the king was a consummate girl watcher who would ask ladies if they would like their portrait done

This is King Ludwig I's Gallery of Beauties with portraits of 36 women from all social ranks; the king was a consummate girl watcher who would ask ladies if they would like their portrait done

The Queens Study; the round table inlaid with exotic precious woods was made in Paris and was a gift to the Bavarian royal couple

The Queens Study; the round table inlaid with exotic precious woods was made in Paris and was a gift to the Bavarian royal couple

The Baroque grounds were modeled on the park at Versailles; the Residenz, in Munich proper, has more elegant rooms but tourists come here for the relaxing setting

The Baroque grounds were modeled on the park at Versailles; the Residenz, in Munich proper, has more elegant rooms but tourists come here for the relaxing setting

I wish there had been more info on some of the period furnishings; of the hundreds of rooms in the palace, only about 20 could be visited by tourists

I wish there had been more info on some of the period furnishings; of the hundreds of rooms in the palace, only about 20 could be visited by tourists

The central pavilion of the Nymphenburg Palace was built in 1675 and served as the summer vacation home of Bavaria's ruling Wittelsbach family

The central pavilion of the Nymphenburg Palace was built in 1675 and served as the summer vacation home of Bavaria's ruling Wittelsbach family

The northern apartments were where the ruler lived; imagine the logistics when the royal entourage of about 200 moved to the palace, their summer house

The northern apartments were where the ruler lived; imagine the logistics when the royal entourage of about 200 moved to the palace, their summer house

This was a bedroom back in the day; there is also a carriage museum, porcelain museum and royal stables available for touring at the palace

This was a bedroom back in the day; there is also a carriage museum, porcelain museum and royal stables available for touring at the palace

In 1792, Elector Charles Theodore opened the park to the public; today the main palace gets about 300,000 visitors a year, about the same as the Residenz

In 1792, Elector Charles Theodore opened the park to the public; today the main palace gets about 300,000 visitors a year, about the same as the Residenz

The Magdalenenklause, with its prayer room, is considered an early representative of the hermitage and the ruins of architecture in Germany

The Magdalenenklause, with its prayer room, is considered an early representative of the hermitage and the ruins of architecture in Germany

The Magdalenenklause was a faux ruin for retreat and meditation completed in 1728; on the outside the brick building resembled a teardown but that was apparently intentional

The Magdalenenklause was a faux ruin for retreat and meditation completed in 1728; on the outside the brick building resembled a teardown but that was apparently intentional

The 1721 Pagodenburg, built as a tea house, was the first of the outer palaces; if it were larger I could picture it in River Oaks today

The 1721 Pagodenburg, built as a tea house, was the first of the outer palaces; if it were larger I could picture it in River Oaks today

The blue and white theme of Pagodenburg is designed to imitate Chinese porcelain which was the rage at the time; the royals would play pall mall nearby which was similar to croquet

The blue and white theme of Pagodenburg is designed to imitate Chinese porcelain which was the rage at the time; the royals would play pall mall nearby which was similar to croquet

The 1721 Baroque Badenburg pavilion was the first major building in Europe for centuries that was exclusively for the purpose of enjoying a comfortable bathroom

The 1721 Baroque Badenburg pavilion was the first major building in Europe for centuries that was exclusively for the purpose of enjoying a comfortable bathroom

The banquet hall of the Badenburg pavilion; it was free to stroll the palace grounds but you had to have a ticket to visit the outer palaces like this one

The banquet hall of the Badenburg pavilion; it was free to stroll the palace grounds but you had to have a ticket to visit the outer palaces like this one

Like much of the palace complex, there was a fascination with Chinese culture among the Bavarian rulers as demonstrated here in the Badenburg

Like much of the palace complex, there was a fascination with Chinese culture among the Bavarian rulers as demonstrated here in the Badenburg

The Badenburg had an amazing indoor swimming pool which is a unique example of court bathing culture; they probably needed lots of bathing since none of the houses had air conditioning

The Badenburg had an amazing indoor swimming pool which is a unique example of court bathing culture; they probably needed lots of bathing since none of the houses had air conditioning

There were plenty of benches in the park so some people just came to enjoy the peace and quiet while others read books on the warm, sunny day

There were plenty of benches in the park so some people just came to enjoy the peace and quiet while others read books on the warm, sunny day

The Badenburg dressing room is decorated with various rare Chinese printed wallpapers from the mid-18th century; I was sweltering so it's hard to imagine the bulky outfits worn in this era

The Badenburg dressing room is decorated with various rare Chinese printed wallpapers from the mid-18th century; I was sweltering so it's hard to imagine the bulky outfits worn in this era

The neo-Classical Apollo temple was erected in 1865; the geese and ducks were thriving as were the huge catfish in the lake

The neo-Classical Apollo temple was erected in 1865; the geese and ducks were thriving as were the huge catfish in the lake

The Hall of Mirrors in the Amalienburg is a masterpiece of European rococo art; the 1739 building was built as a summer residence and hunting lodge

The Hall of Mirrors in the Amalienburg is a masterpiece of European rococo art; the 1739 building was built as a summer residence and hunting lodge

The magnificent Dutch kitchen in Amalienburg used Rotterdam tiles to imitate Chinese porcelain; it was the only outer palace to have a functioning kitchen built within the main house

The magnificent Dutch kitchen in Amalienburg used Rotterdam tiles to imitate Chinese porcelain; it was the only outer palace to have a functioning kitchen built within the main house

This is just half of the enormous Nymphenburg Palace!; it continues to be a home for the head of the House of Wittelsbach, currently Franz, Duke of Bavaria

This is just half of the enormous Nymphenburg Palace!; it continues to be a home for the head of the House of Wittelsbach, currently Franz, Duke of Bavaria

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