Back in June, we spent a couple days in Munich. Sarah had to spend all day Saturday there for a concert, and our pal Resident on Earth — our travel buddy on trips to the Shetlands in August 2013 and Northern France in May 2014 — was in town for it. She showed me around one of her favorite parts of Munich: the grounds of Nymphenburg.
We saw a surprising amount of wildlife just tromping around randomly between ornate hunting lodges. Examples: a tiny puffball of a field mouse (see below), and a crow picking at a baby mole out of his element on the grass in bright sunlight (too morbid to snap…and even the crow seemed embarrassed by it as we approached the scene).
You can walk around the park for free, admiring the ponds and fountains along the woodsy paths and meadows. If you head inside to one of the pavillions, however, you’re obligated to buy admission to them. It’s possible that admission to the Nymphenburg palace includes the pavillions (not sure, didn’t need palace admission). The security guy at the first pavillion we entered tried to upsell us on a multi-day pass to the pavillions, but knowing we’d only have one day in town, we politely declined, and bought admissions to just the pavillions for just one day. It was a nice way to kill time, mostly outdoors, until catching a bus towards Chinesischer Turm for a late lunch.