First of all a little history: As you can see by this aerial shot, Castle Nymphenburg actually consists of my buildings and was built between the years of 1662-1726. It was open to the public in 1792. It has a 200-acre park, four BEAUTIFUL garden pavilions (Pagodenburg, Badenburg, Magdalenenklause and Amalienburg),the church, and of course, the Castle itself.
Henriette Adelaide of Savoy gave birth to an heir to the throne, Maximilian II in 1662. Her husband, Bavarian Elector Ferdinand Maria, purchased a plot of land west of Munich as the site of a summer villa as a gift to her. In the beginning it was only the residence and church. Nymphenburg Castle acquired it’s present day dimensions under the elctor Max Emanuel who reigned 1679-1726.
This is the castle entry leading into the GREAT HALL.
This is the ceiling mural in the Great Hall. The ceiling fresco was painted in 1756 . It depicts the goddess Flora who was a mythological water-nymph. She was the inspiration for the name of the castle. This design was from François Cuvilliés the Elder and Johann Baptist Zimmermann in the late Rococo fashion. Can’t you just imagine the grand balls and parties? If I could visit another time in history it would be the era of European court life.
And yes, Jack poo’d on the castle lawn. (oops!)
Have a good weekend!