Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Strolling In the Nymphenburg Park

                 When I see landscape photos in your blogs or in magazines I always pay attention to the layout and shapes of the elements there. Although my garden is small, for me the shape of the lawn, flower beds or pond is important. I always try to take pictures when I visit any parks as well as many of my friends bloggers do to learn interesting ideas. In this post I want to tell about the unusual landscape park in Munich.
It was a rainy but warm day when I visited the Nymphenburg park in Munich last fall. Of course, the weather was not good for walks and even more so for taking pictures. Meanwhile the rain ended, and the sky a bit cleared.
I walked down the alley that connects the Botanical Garden and Nymphenburg park bypassing the main entrance at the Nymphenburg Palace. 


Along the canal alley, I went to a man-made square island. Must say that this square island was specifically created with the construction of the Nymphenburg Palace in the late 17th century. That time park had symmetrical garden sections, carefully designed parterre on the square island which was limited to channels from all four sides. Pavilions, castles, cottages were built, they were designed to entertain the court of Munich. A central axial channel had been traced to extensive forest near the park.



In 1800 the landscape of the Nymphenburg park was redesigned. Parterre was diminished, one more channel with paths on both sides, trimmed shrubs and trees, a fountain, a cascade appeared.
I climbed on the balcony of the Nymphenburg Palace to photograph the fountain and a beautiful view of the parterre and the main axial channel was opened.




Later it was decided to make an English style park, and elements like natural-looking hills, lakes, meadows, forests, streams, islands and elegant winding paths were added. When I came there I saw a large forest with glades and paths
extended up to the park fence.
An interesting contrast between two park parts: in the woods, luxury Nymphenburg baroque style park gives way to the seeming simplicity of the English style landscape.



The weather continued to be rainy and I went back to the Palace, passed through its foyer, came out and saw a large lake with flower beds in front of the Palace. 




Among the flowers a large flock of geese, ducks and swans rested before flying south. They feel at ease, tasting all growing flowers and were not afraid of visitors. 







I'm glad that this fun walk in the Nymphenburg park took place despite the autumn weather.



48 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful park! Thank you for taking us there Nadezda. I have never been in Munich, never been in Germany at all. I love the pictures you took from up on the balcony, beautiful views from there. And what a wonderful sight, all the different birds among the plants. You were lucky to witness that. Even if the weather wasn't that good, this park was well worth the visit.
    Marian

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    1. These birds surprised me as well, Marian. I've taken pictures very closely and they continued eating grass and flowers!
      Thank you Marian!

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  2. Lucky you, I have never even been to Munich much less Nymphenburg Palace and Gardens.

    It’s a beautiful place.

    How could you possibly copy such grandeur and splendour? Gardening on such a grand scale requires many gardeners.

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    1. I'm sure many gardeners work in Nymphenburg park, it's a large one. When I have taken photos Friko I was not confident all the pictures will be OK., because of the weather. So I could choose the better ones. Thank you!

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  3. A wonderful walk even in the rainy weather. Thank you for allowing us to see this with you!

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  4. lovely, but where are the nymphs?

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

    =^..^= <3

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    1. Sorry, Cloudia I did not see any nymphs there, :((
      May be the next time LOL!

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  5. I read about this garden in a book, but it had very few photos. It is gorgeous! The palace is fabulous, with its gold gilding. And the geese among those purple flowers are a fun and unexpected sight. The water is a romantic addition, and softens the baroque style, which I think suits this place better than the English landscape style. Interesting how they incorporated both styles here.

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    1. I think Holley the English garden was added to baroque garden as a passing fad. The Palace and park were constructed in one harmonic baroque style and they suite each other, you're right. Thank you!

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  6. Dear Nadezda,
    I like both types of gardens. The more formal Baroque gardens, and the English landscaping where it seems so natural and yet of course it is all very carefully planned.
    I think it would be nice to have a huge garden like that because then, when everything was closed for the day, you could go and walk about and do just what you like!
    Bye for now
    Kirk

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    1. I understand your desire Kirk to have a large garden! One could walk and do what he likes, as mowing or weeding :))
      Thank you!

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  7. Beautiful formal garden and landscape garden in Munich, I have never been there but in other German palace gardens, they have all the same kind of style. You were lucky to see the geese and ducks on the lawn and even among the plants, that's an extra and so funny.

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    1. Yes, Janneke it was funny to see many birds eating flowers and grass just in front of the Palace.I agree, many gardens were created
      in baroque style in 18-19 centuries. Thank you!

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  8. Must admit I prefer the less formal style. We used to plant out lots of bedding planted but their season of interest is very short.

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    1. Of course Sue the annuals grow in warm months only but they decorate any garden although for a short season. Thank you!

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  9. Wow!!What a beautiful place Nadezda!!Gorgeous pictures!!Lovely gardens and landscapes!All those preety birds and the palace,excellent indeed!!
    Thank you for sharing this amazing walk in the Nymphenburg gardens !Wish you a happy week!!
    Dimi...

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    1. You are welcome Dimi!
      Have a nice week you too!

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  10. Nymphenburg Park is absolutely gorgeous. I love that bridge in the first pic. You have a lot of beauty in your part of the world :)

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    1. Yes, we have Keith. The picture of a bridge on first photo was taken in rain and I had umbrella in one hand and my camera in other. Thank you!

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  11. The palace is majestic while the gardens are lovingly tended. They look so serene. I love the scene of the geese, ducks and swans swarming over the over the lawn and flower beds. I hope they do not do any damage there.

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    1. I think they ate some of flowers and grass but as it was fall and annuals would soon fade, it was not a problem for gardeners.
      Thank you Elsie!

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  12. Hi Nadezda
    I have been to the Nymphenburg Park but it was so long ago. It was great to do the tour again. Your photos show the architecture of the buildings and the design structures of the gardens very well. Even though most are very formal plantings, we can still learn a lot from the layout and plantings.

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    1. I'm glad you've been there too, Astrid. I agree, we can learn more to create our own gardens.Thank you!

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  13. Precioso reportaje. Esos lagos y jardines, me han recordado nuestra visita a Versalles. Las fotos de los gansos son muy guapas;)
    Buen miércoles.
    Un beso.

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    1. No he visto Versalles, Laura pero quiero visitarlo. Estos gansos no tenian miedo cuando yo estaba muy cerca tomando fotos. Gracias!

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  14. Oh my how gorgeous to look at and it must even be more lovely in person. I sure needed to see these gorgeous pictures this morning and to escape from my snowy, icy world this morning. Thanks for making my morning.

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    1. Great, Lona that you enjoyed watching these rainy autumn photos in snowy morning. Thank you!

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  15. Hello Dear Nadezda!
    I know Nymphenburg. The two times I visited this place.
    I think it is very beautiful.
    I wish that you had when you were in the rain Nymphenburg.
    Greetings.
    Lucia

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    1. I liked this park as you, Lucia. May be I will be able to come there once more too, who knows... Thank you!

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  16. Nadezda, wonderful photos ! How nice to watch such a beautiful place. I would like to visit this perfect garden, maybe someday....
    Greetings :)

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    1. Thank you, Ela, hope you see this park soon.

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  17. Beautiful, despite the rain. I love the canals, and the swans, geese, and ducks. We have never been to Germany, but must go there some day.

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  18. Lovely photos! Don't those ducks look happy sitting in the flowers! I think the rain has made all the colours of the plants much more vivid.

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    1. Interesting thought, Ruth! But the camera 'doesn't like' the rain :))
      Thank you!

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  19. I visited Nymphenburg many years ago when I was in college. I wasn't into gardening then, so I was more interested in the interior of the palace at the time, though I do remember being impressed by the vast expanse of lawn and garden. The practical side of me always thinks, no one today can maintain such a place without a huge staff:) Love the photo of the geese surrounded by the border of purple flowers--they're color-coordinated!

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    1. You're absolutely right, Rose.There are a lot of gardeners maintaining this enormous park, sure. Glad you liked my photos, thank you!

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  20. Such a beautiful park, Nadezda. I have never been to Munich or anywhere in Germany. Lucky you!

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  21. What a lovely place Nadezda! I must admit I really like the formal baroque style with all the flowerbeds nicely lined up, with parterres and fountains and all of it – if I just had a bigger garden I would not mind having a bit of that myself. Your photos are beautiful and the rain doesn’t in any way detract from the beauty. Thanks for the tour!

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  22. A sight for sore eyes! I needed this virtual walk in the gardens this morning. Too cold to go out today. Your images are a delight.

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    1. Glad my pictures warmed you, Carolyn!

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  23. Thank you for the virtual tour of these magnificent mansions and gardens. I am always in awe when seeing these beautiful estates and these photographs are just what I needed on this winter's day!

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  24. It is beautiful Nadezda! The palace is particularly attractive and the formal garden is just the thing to enhance it.

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