Copies of the photo material must be made available to the Bavarian Palace Department, which can then use them free of charge for internal purposes (such as own publications.)
Both interior and exterior photo shootings of the objects of the Bavarian Palace Department are basically subject to approval and charges.
Please apply for (written) permission at least ten working days before the scheduled date of the photography. Photos for news reports and purely documentary purposes can usually be approved more quickly.
Written permission must be obtained in advance for taking photographs in or around the buildings, gardens and lakes for which the Bavarian Palace Department is responsible. To allow time for questions and any necessary further clarification, please apply for permission in writing at least ten working days before the scheduled date of photography, using our form. Photos for news reports and purely documentary purposes can usually be approved more quickly. Where permission is granted, the applicant will receive written confirmation together with a statement of the fee.
Permits are issued on condition that the cultural monuments are treated with care and respect and that the conservation requirements are strictly observed.
Permission will not be granted in the following cases:
Taking photos for private use (only with the usual hand-held cameras for private use and without light and tripod etc.) does not require a permit, and is allowed unless this conflicts with conservation or organizational requirements or trademark rights. Use of any private photo material for further purposes is expressly prohibited. However, we regret that in the palaces with continuous guided tours, photography for private purposes cannot usually be permitted for organizational reasons.
Please feel free to share any private photos taken under the above conditions on your personal (i.e. non-commercial) social media pages using the hashtag #schloesserbayern.
The local administrative office is generally responsible for issuing photography permits
Permits for photography in several of the Bavarian Palace Department’s properties are issued by the central administrative office in Munich:
Öffentlichkeitsarbeit / Referat ZL9
Schloss Nymphenburg, Eingang 16
+49 89 17908-173 / Fax +49 89 17908-190
Permission should be requested at least ten working days before the scheduled shooting using our application form.
Photography permits are not issued for weekends (Saturday/Sunday).
Indoor photos are usually only permitted outside opening times (this applies particularly to Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace and Herrenchiemsee Palace).
Observation of special regulations for the protection of these historic properties are a legal condition of the permit.
Where permission is granted, the applicant will receive written confirmation together with a statement of the fee. In addition to this fee, all supplementary costs arising from the photography and any loss of revenue must be reimbursed. These include, in particular, the cost of supervisory personnel, electricity and cleaning.
The fees are based on factors such as the prominence of the chosen motif, the extent of technical and personnel requirements and the purpose for which the photos are to be used. Information about the possible charges can be obtained on request, but a final statement concerning the fee can only be issued after the application form has been received.
The fee charged for the photography permit is thus only for the production of the photos. A separate reproduction permit, for which there is a charge, is required for the publication of the produced photographies; this can be obtained from the central administrative office in Munich.
Prior approval is required for the taking of aerial photos of Bavarian Palace Department property. This also applies when remote-controlled drones, multicopters or similar are used for filming or photography. Only in a few exceptional cases and only under certain conditions is photography with such flying apparatuses permitted. Their use involves an increased risk to persons and the listed property administered by the Palace Department and a possible infringement of rights, and has a detrimental effect on the cultural and natural monument in question. Approval will also only be granted if the use is compatible with the local protected area regulations and compliance with the public law provisions otherwise applicable.
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