The rest house for the German nobility opens its doors to exuberant seekers
Long necks of blue waterways gilded with trees march towards the expansive courtyard of the Nymphenburg Palace. A trace of its old-world splendour is still apparent; one would go ah at its meticulously manicured gardens and blooming terraces. The palatial white architecture, attributed to Agostino Barelli, is wonderfully crowned with bright red slopes, a perfect colour that contrasts the visually pleasing emerald green surrounding it. From a distance, the entire palace is formed like a crest. But, upon entering its gates, one may find it easy to get lost in the 490-acre stretch, with treading hallways, winding stairs, gorgeous water features and secret terraces.
It without a doubt, an indulgent resthouse for royalty, but Bavaria had a knack for such extravagance, and one can only be lucky to experience its modern embrace in the fullest sense.The Langham’s first branded accommodation comes as a complete package—not a one-room reservation, but a grand, all-or-nothing opportunity that affords one to traverse through the seemingly-endless breadth of walls without a glare from the neighbour, unless its prominent co-owners, the Wittelsbach family, peeps through the halls to give one a cordial smile.is,
This utmost privacy rewards one with the pastoral air and the glorious view of the landscaped gardens. Who would not want to wake up to a private terrace soaked by the light of the sun, greeting like a museum of nostalgic refinery?
But there’s more spoiling to be done deep inside the mansion. Four main bedrooms let one sleep like royalty, and two wine cellars to drink like the old gods. Mang Mauritz dutifully replenished the ageing interiors with bespoke furniture and handcrafted ornaments for a modern look. The passageways may seem endless, but secret doors lead to many other surprises. One, perhaps, maybe the appearance of porcelain sculptures lodged at the most inviting corners of the mansion. These glimmering white ornaments are paired with the talents of local craftsmen and their renowned collaborators—Karl Lagerfeld, Elie Saab & Christian Lacroix to name a few. Five museums are just around the corner, including a porcelain workshop that may not be the best place to play hide and seek.
When lounging about becomes less satisfying, a palace tour would bring back life to the toes. Steinerner Saal is where one gazes up, not down, at the artworks, for the frescoes are drawn on the ceiling, made by none other than Johann Baptist Zimmerman. Another noteworthy sight: the birth room of one of Bavaria’s kings, King Ludwig II. By the southern wing, gape at the royalty’s coaches at Martstallmuseum. A taste of the east reigns at the Pagodenburg, which mimics the beauty of old printed China within its tiny room.
Surrounded by lush gardens and historic landmarks, the 1967 Baroque-style palace still shines with a kiss of its Bavarian heritage, a UNESCO heritage site that is worthy of being ranked as one of Munich’s best attractions. www.langhamhotels.com www.schloss-nymphenburg.de ◼
© This article was first published online in Sept 2019 – World Travel Magazine.