Once a kingdom in its own right, Bavaria is home to dozens of fairy-tale castles and resplendent palaces, but few are as impressive in scale and splendour as Nymphenburg Palace, a sprawling baroque estate set in 490 acres of manicured gardens. Touring the palace and its grounds offer a flavour of the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by former residents. But for a more enduring experience, visitors can now stay at The Langham Nymphenburg Residence, an 18th-century manor house overlooking the palace.
Meticulously restored over the last two years by Munich-based interior design firm Mang Mauritz Design, the four-bedroom residence offers guests all the benefits of a luxury hotel courtesy of The Langham Hotels & Resorts, with the exclusivity of a private home. Leading interior brands from Germany and beyond have contributed to the modern artistic aesthetic throughout: bright textiles from Bangkok’s Jim Thompson, bed linen by Frette and silk carpets from Jan Kath, as well as a museum-worthy collection of precious porcelain pieces from the workshops of Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg; one of Germany’s oldest and most prestigious porcelain makers, which owns the property.
The four exquisite bedrooms, all adorned with original artwork and unique pieces of furniture, each have a different theme including the playful circus-themed children’s room, and all seven bathrooms each boast their own whimsical designs. The 12-seat dining table is framed by two statues by Damien Hirst and overhung by a Lindsey Adelman chandelier; wall-to-wall shelves in the living room are lined with outstanding porcelain pieces; and the Cinema Lounge features covetable furniture by Walter Knoll.
With Nymphenburg Palace on the doorstep and dozens of other castles and palaces to explore in the vicinity, The Langham Nymphenburg Residence is the quintessential Munich address for well-heeled travellers.