Visiting Munich for the 5th time one would think that we would be out of Munich attractions to visit. On our last trip to Munich Bavaria, we experienced the city in the middle of winter. The Munich weather had thrown up the first snow of January 2017 for us to experience. Looking for things to do in Munich in winter posed no problems for us at all because we bought some tickets for the hop on hop off Munich bus. We arrived at Schloss Nymphenburg in the Munich suburbs. Nymphenburg Palace is an amazing place to visit in Munch. The Palace, Schlosspark and some of the best museums in Munich make up this great Munich Attraction. You can so a tour of the palace, a stroll in the garden, visit Nymphenburg Porzellan, the museum of man and nature or visit the Marstall Munich Museum.
The Marstall Munchen is located next to the former stables in the southern Cavaliers’ Building of Nymphenburg Palace. The most valuable horses of the Royal family were stabled here during the summer months. In the winter the horses and carriages were moved into the stables and coach house on Marstallplatz near the Munich Residence. Today the historical riding stables house an amazing museum. The Marstallmuseum, The Carriages Museum or simply Marstall Munchen houses royal coaches, barouches, sledges, litters and even a carousel that the Royal Family of Bavaria used. This collection has become one of the most important in the world for displaying carriages from the end of the 17th century to the end of the 19th century.
The first Marstallmuseum was set up in 1923 in the Martsallplatz stables. During the Second World War with the constant bombing of Munich, the collection was moved to Nymphenburg Palace. This proved to be great foresight as the Marstallplatz complex that housed the carriages and sleighs was destroyed in a bombing raid. The Nymphenburg Palace version of the present Marstallmuseum was opened in 1952.
Highlights of the Marstall Munich
The Marstall Munich museum Nymphenburg has more than forty pieces of carriages, sledges and riding equipment from Wittedynastyr dynasty on display. The exhibition hall takes you through carriage development and showcases the decorative harnesses that were put on the horses that pulled the sleighs. The highlight in historical terms is the Coronation Carriage that was used for Charles VII as the Holy Roman Emperor. Charles (The Wittelsbacher Dynasty) was the first non-Hapsburg Emperor in over 300 years. It is an amazing designed carriage in the French Rococo style. Some of these carriages resemble something you are more likely to see in a fairy tale than real life. I think the girls were waiting for a Disney princess to emerge.
Who are the Wittelsbach’s
House of Wittelsbach is a German noble family that provided rulers of Bavaria until the 20th century. Members of the family reigned as Dukes, Electors and Kings of Bavaria, Hungry, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Greece. The house of Wittelsbach dates back the late 10th century.
Where did we stay in Munich?
When we stayed in Munich we choose to stay at Meininger City Centre. Meininger featured family rooms, games room, bar, chill out area with free wifi. Meininger was close to a train connection to the airport. The city centre was a 10-minute walk away. You will find the best breakfast in Munich.
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The combined contents from the of Wittelsbach Dynasty of carriages and sledges displays everything from small sleighs the children would ride in gardens and in the forest of Nymphenburg Palace to the state carriages they would ride in to go to Munich city centre. The collection finishes with the extravagant vehicles of King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the late in the 19th century. King Ludwig II is well known for his castles at Neuschwanstein, Herrenchinsee and Linderhof. Some of these castles are located miles away from Munich and these coaches where his form of travel when visiting the castles.
Upon entering the Marstall Munich Museum head up to the second floor where you will find a balcony that looks over the stables and all the vehicles on display. The kids had a great time staring in amazement at that people use to travel like this. They were especially intrigued with the small sleighs and the magnificent harnesses. For me, Mastellmuseum is just amazing, truly Royal and shows us how the other half lived and travelled back in the day. Being someone who has visited many of King Ludwig’s sights, castles and even his tomb it is always a great thrill to see anything associated with the swan King of Bavaria. If you only have 1 day in Munich or a week and you are looking for one of the best museums in Munich the Mastrallmuseum is a must.
Don’t forget to visit the Nymphenburg Porzellan museum that is located in the same section of Schloss Nymphenburg. A unique private collection of Nymphenburg porcelain from the 18th to the 20th centuries is on display on the upper floor of the Marstall Munich Museum in the former royal stables (Marstallmuseum). In 1747. Combined with the Hop on hop off bus Munich, Nymphenburg Palace, The Marstallmuseum and Nymphenburg Porzellan we had an amazing winters day in Munich
Nymphenburg Palace hours of operation:
Nymphenburg Palace and Marstall Munich Museum
April to October 15: daily 9 am to 6 pm
16 October to March: daily 10 am to 4 pm
Entry Price for Marstall Munchen
Marstallmuseum with museum “Nymphenburger Porzellan”
4,50 Euro regular · 3,50 Euro reduced.
Getting to Munich:
- Munich is the second biggest city in Germany.
- Flughafen München Franz Josef Strauß is 28.5 kilometres from the city centre.
- Munich is serviced by many international airlines and budget carriers. For cheap flights from with Europe check Veuling, EasyJet and Eurowings. You can check the prices of international flights to Germany with cheapOair. Domestic flights can be booked with Expedia
- By February of 2017 Flughafen München, Franz Josef Strauß features flights to 248 destinations, making it the airport with the fifth-most destinations worldwide.
- The S1 and S8 S-Bahn lines connect the airport with the centre of Munich, with departures every 10 minutes. The airport is also easy and convenient to reach by bus from the Munich city centre
- Many international and domestic trains and bus service’s Munich terminating at Munich’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof)
- You can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions.
- You can book a rental car with AutoEurope and have it waiting for you at Munich Airport.
Getting around Munich:
- Munich has an extensive public transportation system. It consists of a network of underground (U-Bahn), suburban trains (S-Bahn), trams and buses. … Tickets can be purchased at the blue vending machines, found at U- and S-Bahn-stations, at many tram and bus stops and newspaper kiosks.
- There are different types of tickets: Single Tickets (called “Einzelfahrkarte”), Stripe Tickets (called “Streifenkarte”) and Day Tickets (called “Tageskarte”).
- Before first embarking, the ticket must be validated – insert the ticket into the small stamping machines posted at the entrances to U- and S-Bahn tracks or on trams and buses. It’s a € 60 fine if you are caught riding without a valid ticket.
- The Munich City Tour Card allows free use of public transport, plus discount and free admission to some of the best Munich sights. More information and booking click here
- Another alternative for tourists is to buy a pass for the Munich Hop on hop off bus which takes you to all the sites in the city. Click here for further information and prices.
Where to stay in Munich:
- Munich has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms.
- Hostels in Munich can start from as little as 20 euro’s a night for a shared dorm room.
- You can search Airbnb for their Munich accommodation offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE.
- Hotels in Munich generally start from around $100 a night for a double room and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards 5 stars. Google states that 3-star averaging $144, 5-star averaging $469 for a night stay.
- You can compare and book your stay on Agoda, Hotels.com, Hotels Combined and Priceline
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