What is it? Thirty minutes from Munich Central Station on public transport, the glamorous Nymphenburg Palace is where the Bavarian royals used to while away the summer.
Why go? Construction began in 1664 on this sprawling baroque residence built in tribute to Max Emanuel, the long-awaited heir to Bavarian Elector Ferdinand Maria. From the awe-inspiring ceiling fresco in the Great Hall to the former bedroom of King Ludwig II, the palace offers a fascinating look at the inner workings of a royal household. The English-style gardens around the picturesque lake are worth a trip alone. Here you’ll also find Amalienburg, a small rococo castle with an ornate hall of mirrors designed by architect François Cuvillés the Elder.