When one thinks of springtime in Germany it naturally conjures up thoughts of pink flowers, blue skies and Sleeping Beauty castles. On my recent visit to Munich, I wanted to see what life in a fairytale would look like, so I decided to pay a visit to Shloss Nymphenburg Palace (Castle of the Nymphs), which is about 30 minutes from central Munich by car. Walking along the main palace entryway was simply breathtaking experience. The central building rises dreamlike flanked by four wings to either side. This Baroque castle was completed in 1675 and was used as the summer residence for the rulers of Bavaria. Today, the palace and the park is one of the most famous sights of Munich.
Of course, a visit to a fairytale setting requires a fairytale dress, so I chose this cotton candy Eva Mendes outfit because it felt like it was the perfect tribute to Aroura’s pink dress from Sleeping Beauty. I like the way the dress caught the breeze and fluttered so delicately in the wind. Also, it had the perfect twirl effect, which was most appropriate for any visit of a royal nature! I quickly discovered that a bicycle, while not a carriage and four, was the best way to tour the grounds.
While I enjoyed viewing the main palace, it was the smaller, more private retreats which dotted the palace grounds that I fell madly in love with. I came across this “petite bijoux” called the Pagodenburg. It was in this Chinese style rococo miniature palace, that the nobility would retire after an exhausting game of Mailspiel (similiar to golf). Here they could cool down and seek their afternoon refreshments surround by galleries resplendent in Chinese, Arabic and Indian influences. The magnificent blue and white colors of the frescoes that adorn the ceiling and walls are a reflection of the porcelain tile production which the area was famous for. The ground floor continues the theme and is covered in 2,000 blue and white Dutch Delt tiles. As a costume historian friend mentioned, this ceiling that circled above me would make a most beautiful reproduction skirt and I wholeheartdly agree!
Venturing further across the grounds I came across another surprise! I was amazed as I entered this opulent mini palace that was erected as an elaborate hunting lodge (HUNTING LODGE!) I like to think that this room is the German response to the French palace at Versailles. I had a complete sense of deja vu as I walked through the rooms in Amalienburg. It felt as though I was in a smaller, but more grand version of the famous Hall of Mirrors in France.
But now, I would like to take a moment to talk about these H&M heels I am wearing! They were a complete bit of fairy godmother magic themselves as it was the last pair of medium height heels I could find in the store and they were just my size! However, sadly there was no Prince to fit the shoe on me, so I just had to manage that myself. But in a stroke of luck, they turned out to be the most comfortable walking heel size (especially on cobblestones) and the soles were comfortably padded. I walked the entire park while visiting areas 1-7 on the map below, as well as every tree, bridge, and garden in between, without ever once complaining about my feet. And of course, they are gold with a beautiful pearl trim; after all, I did have to live up to Cinderella’s glass slipper legacy!
Outside, the Amalienburg Palace is vastly different from the predominant blue and silver theme inside. If you couldn’t tell by now, I am a fan of just about anything pink and how could any castle be a more perfect pink? This little pleasure palace looks like a huge pink wedding cake complete with white icing. I had to peek into every window just to make sure that there weren’t fairies spinning magical spells during my visit.
And speaking of pink, have I mentioned that I am an obsessive Pandora fanatic and I make no apologies for it? I have been working on a pink themed bracelet for a few months now, and I am quite happy with the way it is turning out. Most of the charms are from the spring 2017 collection. The flowers remind me of my mother’s garden in Tennessee. While it’s a beautiful bracelet, it also has a sentimental value of home and family. To me, it’s like having the most perfect southern summer around my wrist. I feel like I take a bit of my home sate with me wherever I travel.
But, back to the tour! After visiting the smaller retreats, we made our way back to the main palace. Inside, the Grand Hall looked like something from a Rococo dream. It occupies three floors of the central pavilion and is adorned with frescoes depicting Grecian scenes painted by master artisans from Italy. I honestly had to sit down just to take in the the beauty and majesty of my surroundings. It simply left me without words. Each room we entered was like turning the pages of an old storybook, the kind that we seldom see any longer. The castle is a visual and sensory fantasy, one you will remember forever. It truly is a dream that a heart made.
In short, my visit to Shloss Nympenburg has only piqued my desire to organize a complete castle tour of Germany. How the other castles will be able to match the grandeur of this one remains to be seen. I went in search of a fairytale and I was not disappointed. If you have a child or you are just a child at heart, you will not want to miss this dream come true palace. It will always be the beginning of my long romance with the storybook castles of this beautiful country. I do have one complaint however; on my next visit here, could you please notify The Prince of my arrival in advance? 💝
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Opening Hours: April -15 October 9am til 6pm. October 16 a March 10am til 4pm
Admission charges: 6euros regular (combination tickets available)
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