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Nymphenburg Palace

About five miles (8km) from the city centre, accessible by tram and bus, is the interesting Schloss Nymphenburg, originally a summer home for the Munich aristocracy. The palace has been expanded, altered and fitted with various eccentricities by succeeding owners over the centuries since building began on it in 1664. Today it is a delight for tourists who revel in exploring the villa and grounds. Inside there are some interesting frescoes in the main hall. An arcaded gallery features a collection of 36 provocative paintings ordered by King Ludwig I showing the most beautiful women of his day. The surrounding park has some surprises too, with some interesting pavilions hidden among the English-style gardens. There are also collections of Ludwig's elaborate coaches on display, and a porcelain museum. There is information provided in the palace on its history but there are also audio guides available which greatly enrich the experience. Although you have to pay to enter the palace you can wander around the lovely grounds for free; although, it would be a great pity to miss the lavish interiors.

Address: Eingang 19

Website: www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/palace/index.htm

Transport: Bus 51 or tram 17

Opening times: Daily 10am to 4pm (mid-October to March), and 9am to 6pm (April to mid-October).

Admission: €6; Combination ticket: €11.50. Concessions available.