nymphenburg2.jpgNymphenburg bears the characteristics of a huge recreational area – with a royal flavor. The 300-year-old regal Nymphenburg Palace park, with its lakes and the adjoining botanical gardens, is still very attractive for a healthy “constitutional” walk – or, as we’d say today – a nice stroll.

After your royal ramble take a break at the café at the Palmenhaus. For beer and Bavarian food, visit the Hirschgarten, Munich’s biggest beer garden seating up to 10,000 visitors. The nine-day Magdalenenfest with its rides, sideshows and stands, takes place here every year two weeks before the Auer Dult (see Au district). The Olympic Park, a rolling green expanse, is also within walking distance. It’s also worth taking a stroll through the residential areas. The suburban part of Nymphenburg has many fine old mansions situated in quiet, well-kept surroundings.

Sightseeing highlights


Schloss und Park Nymphenburg
Information: Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Nymphenburg, Schloss Nymphenburg, Eingang 19, 80638 München, Tel. 17 90 80, opening hours: April-October 15: daily 9am-6pm, October 16-March: daily 10am-4pm, www.schloesser.bayern.de/deutsch/schloss/objekte/ny_schl.htm

Museum Mensch und Natur
Includes planetary systems, history of the earth, variety and development of life, human biology and the environment.
›› Nymphenburg, Schloss Nymphenburg, Tel. 17 95 89-0, Tues-Sun 9am-5pm, www.musmn.de

Hirschgarten
Munich’s biggest beer garden, former game reserve, hosts the Magdalenefest in July.
›› Nymphenburg, Hirschgarten 1, Tel. 17 25 91, www.hirschgarten.de