Service > Photography permits
Both interior and exterior photo shootings of the objects of the Bavarian Palace Administration 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.
Please note: Copies of the photo material must be made available to the Bavarian Palace Administration, which can then use them free of charge for internal purposes (such as own publications.)
Written permission must be obtained in advance for taking photographs in or around the buildings, gardens and lakes for which the Bavarian Palace Administration 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.
We regret that wedding shootings inside the buildings open to visitors are not possible. They are permitted in the gardens and parks, provided that the photos are only for private use. It is not necessary to notify us beforehand. We would however ask you to observe the park regulations and be considerate of other visitors. Drone photos and entry in the bridal car are unfortunately not allowed. The publication of private photos in any form is strictly prohibited. The bridal couple may however share photos on social media, which is regarded as a private matter.
If as a photographer you would like to publish photos on your Internet page or use them for advertising purposes, you can apply for permission informally by sending us an e-mail, attaching the photos. There will however be a charge for this.
The local administrative office is generally responsible for issuing photography permits
Permits for photography in several of the Bavarian Palace Administration’s properties are issued by the central administrative office in Munich:
Öffentlichkeitsarbeit / Referat ZL9
Schloss Nymphenburg, Eingang 16
+49 89 17908-108 oder -162
Fax +49 89 17908-190
Please also note our range of event rooms, which you can also hire for photo shoots.
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 , 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. permit
Prior approval is required for the taking of aerial photos of Bavarian Palace Administration 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 Bavarian Palace Administration 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.