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Munich - Art, Museums and the Nymphenburg Palace


Outside of the Central Old Town there are numerous attractions in Munich that might be of interest to you.

Art Museums

Munich has several high-quality art museums. In the Kunstareal (art quarter) you can find Munich's famous  "Pinakotheken". The Alte (Old) Pinakotheken’s collection of more than 800 paintings is focused on the European Masters from the 14th to the 18th century and includes works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Dürer, Raphael, Titian and Tintoretto. For more information see the official site for the museum.

The Neue Pinakothek  houses one of Europe's best collections of 19th century paintings, while the Pinakothek der Moderne, houses a fantastic collection of contemporary art. See the website for more information on visiting.

The Glyphothek  was built by Ludgwig I to house his collection of Greek and Roman art. Although it is  not as popular as the other attraction in the Arts Quarter, if the antiquities are of interest to you will enjoy a brief tour of the Glyphothek and its collection.

Across Luisenstrasse, at the corner of BriennerStrasse, facing the Konigsplatz, you will find the newly reopened Lenbachhaus, which is the home of the largest Blue Rider group collection in the world.  The Blue Rider group  (Der Blaue Reiter), though short lived, was a collection of artists, mainly Russian and German, tied together by Munich and a unique style that influenced Expressionism for decades.


The Deutsches Museum   at Museuminsel 1 (Museum Island)  has a wonderful collection of important discoveries  representing science, technology and natural science.  With over 50 exhibits be sure and pick up an exhibition guide to find your way to the areas of interest to you.  If you have kids, this is a great place to let them explore. If not, you can play the kid and have just as much fun with the many interactive displays.

For those of you interested in automobiles and other forms of transportation, we suggest that you might be interested in visiting the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, a unique collection of land vehicles, mostly motorized, presented in three separate buildings at 14a Theresienhöhe.   You will find a lot of history here, including early cars, trains, bicycles, motorcycles stagecoaches and other forms of land transportation.  It's a fascinating place and you will need at least an hour to see the highlights of the collection.


Nymphenburg Palace

The Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenhburg Palace) and Schloss Nymphenburg Park are located to the west, although still within Munich's borders.   This glamorous, Baroque-style palace was built in the 17th century with later additions by Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaid of Savoy (Electors of the Holy Roman Empire) to celebrate the birth of their heir (Maximillian Emanuel).  Max evidently liked the high life and expanded the palace and its grounds into the sizable property it is today.   The palace served as the summer home for many generations of the Electors.

There is much to see here including interesting architecture (the Great Hall and the Gallery of Beauties), fine furnishings, and a coach museum (the Marstall) in the former stables.

     The spectacular Nymphenburg Palace in Munich Germany

The Park, an extension of the original house and garden, now covers over 200 acres and is lush with pavilions, minor palaces and hunting lodges (Pagodenburg, Badenburg, Magdalenenklause and Amielenburg). All are worth a look, as Nymphenburg is stunning and a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.

See these this office site for information on the Palace and this official site for information on the Park.

Other Options

For a quick guide to some of the other sights in Munich, take a quick glance at our PhotoGuide of scenes from around the city.

Although there are many reminders of World War II and the Third Reich to be found in Munich, we have chosen not to focus on them, although tours of these sites are available.

We do suggest, however, that you consider taking a tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, which is about thirty minutes northwest of Munich (in the medieval town of Dachau. This the camp was the blueprint for other German concentration camps and a visit provides a bracing, yet informative view into the violence and inhumanity in our past.

Visiting Dachau is not an experience for everyone, as it is a heartbreaking to view the camp and its detailed presentation of the deplorable conditions experienced by those imprisoned at Dachau because of their birthright.  For more information on visiting. see this official site.



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The ornate entrance to the Glyphothek



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The BMW Museum, which was closed for a four year renovation, reopened in 2008. If you are interested in BMWs, you need to tour this museum.  See the official website for more detail.  There is an "English" tab near the bottom of the page. For plant tours, click here for the official site of "BMW-Werks".


















Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Small Group Tour from Munich

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The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial is well presented and persuasive in its message.

The infamous "Work Shall Set You Free" gate at Dachau.








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