Nymphenburg park is a popular location for taking a stroll, especially on sunny weekends. Particularly in Autumn, the park is very photogenic. The palace buildings with its Baroque architecture draws vast crowds yearly & a tour inside the palace unveils an interesting insight into the lives of the Bavarian monarchy that once resided there.
Commissioned by the prince-electoral couple Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Savoy & built to the designs of the Italian architect Agostino Barelli in 1664 after the birth of their son Maximilian II Emanuel. Today, Nymphenburg serves as a favourite day trip location for locals as well as visitors from all corners of the globe.
On the west side of the palace is a large parterre with a fountain in the middle a remnant of the park as it was in its French phase.
Don’t worry, in a couple of days you will see the Badenburg again, that’s a promise.
LANDSCAPE GARDEN ENGLISH STYLE
Whenever I stand on the shores of the Badenburger Lake & look across the water towards the the Apollotemple – a neoclassical monopteros designed by Leo von Klenze, it rekindles fond memories of a landscape garden Stourhead in Wiltshire, south England that I visited over twenty years ago.
The sun is slowly sinking, the shadows are getting longer & the mood ever warmer.
The Badenburger Lake is a place I love to visit in Autumn, it really is a sight for sore eyes. Just to sit & watch the wildfowl go about its business is a privilege that many may never enjoy in their lives.
I love the colours of Autumn, especially when you experience a sunny day with intense cool blue sky with the odd cloud scattering overhead in contrast to that warm colour palette with all nuances from yellow through orange to fire red.
I was lucky this year as the weather was perfect for an Autumn visit to the park where the foliage was at the height of its golden colour spectrum.
ROYAL BATHING HOUSE
The Badenburg or Royal Bathing House was constructed between (1719–1721) in Baroque style by Joseph Effner. The Pavillion consists of a number of rooms in addition to a grand banqueting hall with a very large tiled bath.
The Apollo Temple always makes for exceptional images in Winter but I find the Autumn colours even more spectacular.
OLD TOOL SHED
I found this old tool shed with its delapidated, weathered look an interesting subject as I strolled through the forest towards the Badenburg.
IN THE CLEARING
On a stroll through the woods on the south side of the park on the way to the Badenburg I came across this cottage in a clearing, presumably a workers cottage with a shed for all the gardening & forestry tools needed to keep the park in all its glory.
Probably the most photographed elements of the Nymphenburg facade.
ROCOCO WINTER DREAM
Another shot of the Amalienburg, this time in the middle of Winter where the pink painted facade brightens up a rather boring grey in grey overcast weather.
Nymphenburg is worth a stroll at any time of the year & Winter is no exception although when snow lies on the ground & a stiff breeze blows over the open park grounds it can get pretty nippy at -10°C.
The canals of the park make for good resting & feeding areas for many species of birds, many on their migration flights. Ducks, Geese & Swans galore.
TIME FOR A BREAK
Nymphenburg is a place to relax & maybe reflect a little over our rather stress filled lives that we live today. Watching the Ducks & Swans is like meditation in comparison to behind us where the city traffic almost forces one always to be on guard and move with the masses.
The Amalienburg with its ornate decoration is considered to be a masterpiece at the peak of European rococo & its setting is proof of this I would say.
COOL TO COLD
Especially alongside the lakes it does tend to get quite nippy as soon as the sun starts to retire revealing the cold & dampness of the early evening.
It is time to make off for home but with a sky like this no photographer would want to leave without this one in the bag.
IN THE THICK OF IT
The woods in & around the Nymphenburg grounds are quite dense & are quite awesome in Autumn when you stand amidst an explosion of natural colour.
A tree bows to the spectacular sunset over the Pagodener See.
WAITING FOR DUSK
Although situated in the middle of a city Nymphenburg is far enough away from the centre of town & large enough for those seeking a bit of space with peace & quiet to relax.
Was the ruler of Bavaria & Prince Elector of the Roman Empire between 1679-1726 of the Wittelsbach dynasty. In later years he enlarged much of the Palace & its grounds with a distinct French flair marking the era of Bavarian Rococo.
The Apollo Temple too doesn’t stay unscathed when it comes to snowfall in the winter months at Nymphenburg.
Winter time is winter sport time, not just the opening of the ski season down in the Alps but also here on the central canal at Nymphenburg where curling & skating on the iced over canal enjoy a long tradition.
FIFTY SHADES OF AUTUMN
I find it a shame that the Golden Autumn is so short lived. In a couple of days all that will remain is a heap of damp leaves on the ground & the thought that Winter is just around the corner once more.
RELAX & ENJOY
What could be more enjoyable than to sit on a bench in front of the Badenburg Lake, soak in the warmth of the sun & watch the ducks & Geese with the Apollo Temple as backdrop surrounded by the golden colours of Autumn?
PRETTY IN PINK
Taking a stroll along the edge of the Parterre next to the canal you arrive after a 5 minute walk at the Amalienburg a Rococo hunting lodge constructed between 1734-1739 by François de Cuvilliés for Charles Albert and his wife, Maria Amalia. The pavilion boasts a hall of mirrors & a kennel for the hunters dogs.
Two lions guard the entrance to the external staircase holding a coat of arms.This is also to be seen on the opposite side of the Central Pavilion.
A LION IN BAYERN
Posing on the facade stairway we not only get to appreciate the ornate golden lanterns but are also confronted with a couple of lion sculptures.
Autumn on the Badenburg Lake, in this case at the Apollo Temple is a sight for sore eyes with its spectacular palette of tree colouration.
Another view of the Apollo Temple, this time from the western shore of the Badenburg Lake.
On the northern side of the main canal running through the palace gardens lies the Pagoden Lake, a much smaller lake than that of the Badenburg Lake on the southern side of the park. Named after the Pagodenburg, this octagonal, two storey pavillion was built by Joseph Effner between 1716-1719 & stands on the lake’s northern shore & served as a tea house.
This shot reveals the Central Pavilion of Nymphenburg Palace with its South Gallery. Due to the harsh Winter weather to statues & main fountain figures are covered with wooden casing to minimize damage.
The monopteros is a popular park decoration originating from Greek & Roman architecture & is to be found in many landscape gardens, especially gardens of French or English design. Munich has a second monopteros to be admired in the English Garden designed by Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell.
Leo von Klenze, a German Neoclassicist architect, painter & author was the Court architect of Bavarian King Ludwig I & was commissioned to build this monopteros in 1862.
On the southern edge of the Badenburger Lake stands, yes, the Badenburg. This octagonal Barock pavillion was built by Joseph Effner between 1719-1721 and served as the royal bathing house containing a large banquetting hall plus a large tiled bath with a pool.
Viewed from the bridge crossing the east canal on the Menzingerstrasse/Notburgstrasse the sun has set behing Nymphenburg Palace & immediately I noticed a decline in temperature, probably to around five degrees minus.
The central Pavilion has symmetrical stairways on the front & rear facades leading to the first floor & are decorated with these rather nice ornate golden lanterns.
The park extends about 1200 m westwards & is a favoured area at the weekend especially amongst the locals of Munich as well as the many tourists all year round. Autumn is my personal favourite time due to the Autumn colours but soon the leaves fall to ground leaving a rather subdued colourless mood.
Inside the central pavilion is the Stone Hall with ceiling frescoes from Johann Baptist Zimmermann & is very impressive representing Helios (the personification of the Sun in Greek mythology) in his chariot accompanied by other gods. This main hall occupies 3 stories of the Pavilion..
Did You Know?
The original design of Nymphenburg didn’t exist long as five Wittelsbacher rulers had their hand in changing or adding to the palace & surrounding grounds. Max Emmanuel for whom the palace was originally built added galleries & pavilions extending the wings of the main building. Later stables were added & an orangerie to the north.