How people lived at the castle

Furstenried is in itself a purely residential area. The most characteristic building of the Munich district is the Furstenried Palace, from which the district also takes its name. Otherwise, large apartment complexes and small single-family homes dominate the image of Furstenried. We tell you what else there is to discover.

Furstenried Palace: The Little Nymphenburg

Furstenried Castle, photo: Katy Spichal

Photo: Katy Spichal

The resemblance is certainly given and the nickname "Little Nymphenburg" is therefore not far-fetched: Furstenried Palace is indeed somewhat reminiscent of Nymphenburg Palace. Elector Max Emmanuel had the complex built by Joseph Effner between 1715 and 1717 to be used as a hunting lodge. Later, Otto of Bavaria, the mentally ill brother of Ludwig II, also lived in this magnificent building. In times of war, Schloss Furstenried was also used as a military hospital.

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Unfortunately, the castle grounds are not open to visitors, but it is still worthwhile to pass by during a walk here. Looking through the gate you catch the beautiful planting of the palace park, which at the beginning of the 20. The botanical diversity of the gardens in the early twentieth century made them one of Munich’s botanical attractions. Today the castle serves as a retreat house of the Archbishopric of Munich-Freising. It is also frequently used as a conference center, not only in the ecclesiastical sphere.

Between 1947 and 1949, the palace served as temporary quarters for the Ludwig Maximilian University and the Gregorianum seminary. Young theology students did their research here, read books and wrote essays. One of them was to become world famous. His name: Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI.

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Living in Furstenried: Large complexes and pretty houses

Residential area in Munich Furstenried, Photo: Katy Spichal

Photo: Katy Spichal

The district of Furstenried actually came into being in the 1960s. In Furstenried-West and Furstenried-East, large-scale construction projects were built within a very short time, which still characterize the district today. Similar to Hasenbergl, Furstenried was also about creating cheap housing for the growing city population as quickly as possible. High apartment blocks were the result of the "Grobsiedlung Furstenried", but have since been frequently redeveloped and often spruced up with small strips of greenery. Best known is the so-called "Sparkassen-Hochhaus" in Winterthurer Strabe, which was the largest residential building in Bavaria when it was inaugurated in 1962.

In the south of Furstenried there are also many beautiful single-family and multi-family houses, most of which were built in the last twenty years. It is not uncommon for them to include a small garden, which makes them particularly attractive for families. In addition, the proximity to the center of Munich and the good transport connections make Furstenried a very popular residential area. This is not least due to the nearby Forstenrieder Park. The green area is one of the most beautiful recreational areas in Munich and is only a stone’s throw away from Furstenried. 

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