Munich: Marstallmuseum, Porzellanmuseum

It was kind of a bummer that the summer pavilions were completely closed to the public when we went to Schloss Nymphenburg last December, but I guess everything happens for a reason…

While looking for other activities in the area, I discovered two of the world’s famous specialty museums – Munich’s Marstallmuseum (the most important museum of carriages and sleighs in Europe) and Porzellanmuseum (Bäuml’s porcelain collection since 1888).

The magnificent Marstallmuseum showcases over 40 of the Wittelsbachs’ coaches and different modes of transportation during the 18th-19th century. It was such a worthwhile visit since I’m a fan of period films and fantasy video games – I was actually very much reminded of Yoshitaka Amano’s concept art from various Final Fantasy games. It was great seeing these vehicles up close – you wouldn’t believe how massive and ornate some of them are! I actually felt bad for the horses that had to drag these immensely heavy carriages. The horses were also dressed handsomely in their own customized armor.

Meanwhile, the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory dates back to the mid-18th century. The inner tita in me was very pleased to see pieces by Hanns Goebl and Franz Anton Bustelli. They say some of the porcelain figures can go up to $150,000!