We were only in Munich for two days and we wanted visit the Top Sites Around Munich.
We spent the morning at the Dachau Concentration Camp and the afternoon at the Nymphenburg Palace before stopping off at some popular beer gardens.
Getting from our hotel to Nymphenburg Palace, we took the #17 tram, which was covered with our XXL ticket.
Once we got off the tram, there is a 25 minute walk to the palace. Wear comfortable shoes as this place encompasses over 490 acres, which means plenty of walking. As we strolled along the canal, we had a beautiful view of the palace up ahead.
As we got closer we saw the beautiful manicured lawn and gardens. I can not fathom how much work it takes to upkeep this place.
We purchased the combination ticket for €23 for two people. With this you have 6 attractions included in your admission. They are: Schloss Nymphenburg, Amalienburg, Badenburg, Pagodenburg, Marstallmuseum and Magdalenenklaus as well as the park itself. Backpacks and large purses must be checked in a locker, but you get your money back when you collect your things.
Nymphenburg Palace was the summer home to the King of Bavaria. Construction started in 1664 and the central pavilion was completed in 1675. The palace was gradually expanded over the years. You can take photos as long as there is no flash. The rooms were beautifully furnished and restored. The first room we enter, was the most captivating, as we were amazed by the frescoes ceilings and the multiple chandeliers throughout the room.
After our tour, we left the castle and moved outside to meander around the gardens.
Then we made our way to Amalienburg, which was a nice leisurely walk through the woods.
Our next stop was Badenburg.
Getting to Pagodenburg Lake and Pagodenburg Pavilion required us to walk to the other side of the property. I was getting tired so I cut across the field instead of following the walking path.
Our last stop was the Marstallmuseum, which houses an impressive collection of the stately coaches and sleighs of the Emperor. Looking at the actual carriages used by the family showed the sheer opulence that characterized their life at that time. Even the horses harness were gold.
We spent several hours at Nymphenburg Palace going through all the buildings. We were ready to relax with a beer and a glass of wine and grab a bite to eat. I had read about a local beer garden, Hirschgarten, the largest beer garden in Munich and in all of Bavaria. This place can seat up to 8000 guests.
It took about 20 minutes to walk there from Nymphenburg Palace.
We decided to eat inside as I wanted to warm up after spending the afternoon outside. I ordered a glass of wine and J had a beer along with pork roast, potato dumpling, cole slaw with bacon, homemade meatballs and potato salad. It was a lot of food, but we were starving. It was nice to just sit and enjoy our meal.
We left this beer garden and J wanted to visit another beer garden, (hey we are in Germany). Off we went to get back on the tram for the short ride to Augustiner Keller, one of the oldest beer gardens in Munich. It was first listed on the city map in 1812 and seats 5,000 people. Again we went inside. One of the nice things in Germany is they sit you with other people. We ordered our drinks and enjoyed spending time talking to the people who were sitting at our table, before getting back on the tram.