The Nymphenburg Palace is one of Munich’s most impressive sightseeing highlights.
The construction of the palace began in 1664 under Prince Ferdinand Maria, as a gift to his wife Adelaid after the birth of their long awaited son, Max Emanuel. It was later expanded and used as the summer residence of the Wittelsbachs. King Ludwig II was born in this palace. The beautiful 200 hectare gardens were modelled after those of Versailles, border on Munich’s botanical garden and include two small lakes and four smaller “burgs” or mansions. It’s about a half an hour bike ride from Marienplatz and almost all of the ride is completely separate from traffic along bike paths.
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