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Nymphenburg Palace & Park. Palace and park in perfect harmony.

Nymphenburg Palace & Park. Palace and park in perfect harmony.

Nymphenburg is a European masterpiece, a story book of Bavarian history and an example of architecture and landscape design in seldom-seen harmony.

Has there ever been a more beautiful new baby gift? The Bavarian Elector Ferdinand Maria was so delighted at the birth of a much longed-for heir to his throne that he gave his wife Adelaide von Savoyen a piece of land. That was in 1663, and the Wittelsbach Electress Henriette Adelaide von Savoyen built herself a "borgo de la ninfe", a small summer villa with a garden. This was the predecessor of Nymphenburg Palace. At the start of the 18th century the building was extended on both sides, with residential pavilions connected by galleries being added. The exterior was remodelled in the French style and the modest palace transformed into a large, elegant summer residence. Visiting Nymphenburg Palace today is like taking a walk through a book of Bavarian history. The Kings and Electors of Bavaria left their traces here over a period of almost two hundred years. The first heated indoor pool of the modern age and the silver-blue Amalienburg hunting lodge from the rococo period are elements of a perfect baroque palace and offer an extravagant yet delicate richness of detail in a rare splendour. In the north wing of Nymphenburg Palace is the Museum of Man and Nature, which takes you on a journey back in time through the history of the Earth and mankind. Nearby attractions: Hofgarten Park Munich is one of the largest Renaissance gardens north of the Alps. In the north-east of the garden, there is a path that takes visitors straight to the English Garden. To the north of Munich, Lustheim House in the grounds of Schleissheim Palace contains a famous collection of historical Meissen porcelain. South of Munich is Am Schachen House, which was used by King Ludwig II as a private retreat during his stays in the mountains. A botanical Alpine garden was laid out in front of the house in 1900.


The Pinakothek der Moderne not only brings together four museums under one roof – Sammlung Moderne Kunst, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Technische Universität Architecture Museum and Neue Sammlung – it's also part of an even larger group of museums: the Munich Art Quarter, which in addition to the Pinakothek der Moderne includes the Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek, Museum Brandhorst, Antikensammlungen, Glyptothek and Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus.

All modern art movements are represented in the Sammlung Moderne Kunst, for instance Expressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, New Objectivity, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Pop Art and Minimal Art. Works by Henri Matisse, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí and others are on display, as are examples by Brücke and Blue Rider artists. The Staatliche Graphische Sammlung has approx. 400,000 items covering every development in the history of drawing and prints, whilst the collection at the Technische Universität Architecture Museum, the faculty's collective memory, runs to around 500,000 drawings and plans by almost 700 architects, over 100,000 photographers, as well as mock-ups and archives – from Balthasar Neumann to Le Corbusier, and from Leo von Klenze to Peter Zumthor. Founded around a century ago, the Neue Sammlung is the world's oldest design museum. The approx. 80,000 objects in the industrial design, applied art and graphic design departments together make up the biggest design collection in the world.

Upcoming dates:

06.01.2020 - 31.12.2020


Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
80333 Munich

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