Visiting Munich's Castles

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Munich, Residence
Munich, Residence

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Bavaria, known for its many opulent castles, draws in the most tourists in Germany. Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), the capital of Bavaria, is no exception. This major city is home to two such castles, located in and near the city center.

Munich’s Residence, a grand palace that was once home to the Bavarian rulers from the years 1385-1918, is one of Europe’s most significant interior decoration museums. The Residence sits in Odeonsplatz not far from Marienplatz, the main square in Munich. The building is guarded by large bronze lions with incredibly shiny noses, as it’s considered good luck to pause to rub the statues. The lion is the symbol of Munich and you can find statues and images of them all over the city, but by far the lions by the Residence are the most impressive. The Residence has more than 100 rooms filled with tapestries, paintings, porcelain, and furniture. You can take a self-guided audio tour of the Residence to see all of this with your own eyes, including the impressive Antiquarium, a beautiful Renaissance style hall.

The Residence is open daily. From April 1 to October 15 the hours are 9am-6pm; from October 16 to March 31 the hours are 10am-5pm. The cost is 7 Euros.

To the northwest of the city center sits Nymphenburg Schloss, an impressive baroque style palace. This was once the summer residence of the Bavarian rulers. Nymphenburg is one of Munich’s top attractions, drawing crowds to its opulently decorated rooms and expansive gardens. The gardens themselves are worth coming to Nymphenburg. Hidden pathways, beautiful canals with white swans, and secluded pavilions take you into another world altogether, and away from the crowds. A visit to Nymphenburg isn’t complete without a stop at the Marstallmuseum and the four other palaces on the grounds, the porcelain museum, and the nearby the botanical garden.

Nymphenburg Schloss is open daily from April 1 to October 15 from 9 am-6 pm; from October 16 to March 31 from 10 am-4 pm. The other palaces on the grounds are closed for the winter. A combination ticket for Nymphenburg Schloss and all of the palaces and musems on site is 11.50 Euros during the high season. Tickets for the individual sites can be purchased as well.

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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla

This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.

Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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