The island was the center of the episcopate from 1215 till 1805. There was settled down Benedictine monastery. It was established in 764 and abolished in 1804. The baroque Old Castle - Altes Schloss is near to the Royal castle.
This castle is well-known because of sessions of the Constitutional assembly worked with the text of the Constitutional law of Federal Republic of Germany passed there.
According to the project Ludwig's palace should be larger in sizes than the palace in Versailles. However the French palace was not copied completely. Thus the palace from the very beginning was reflected as a unit.
The facade of the palace in sizes is larger than the facade of the palace in Versailles. The mirror gallery also surpasses in sizes the French prototype. The world famous Ladder of Envoys in Versailles was destroyed in 1752. It was recreated in Ludwig's palace on ancient engravings and established symmetrically between the right and the left wings of the building.
In 1876 Court Garden Director Carl von Effner completed the plans for a large garden resembling that of Versailles. When the king died, only the sections along the main axis with their famous fountains and waterworks had been completed.
After visiting the Palace, it was time to look for accommodation.
We stopped at the Hotel here, no luck, it was full!
What I thought was cute, was the Huge Rabbit in the garden, and the carved rabbit seat.
Fondest memory: www.landhotelbeimhasn.de/-
Top priority was given to copying the palace and gardens of Versailles as an epitome of monarchic splendour, in the construction of the dream worlds of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Making plans for this project commenced in 1868.
Ludwig II purchased the Chiemsee island of Herrenworth in 1873 as construction site.
Within 5 years architect George Dollman presented thirteen projects. In 1873 Ludwig made a decision on the basis of the last project to begin construction of a palace on lake Chiemsee.
Ludwig II Bavarian built his biggest castle - Schloss Herrenchiemsee on the island. It is almost a copy of Versailles. The king - romantic conceived to make it as his show-window of royal power and riches.
The construction began in 1878. 4 thousand persons took part in the construction. Huge financial assets have been spent. But by the moment of mysterious death of the king in 1886 the construction has not come to an end.
The Chiemsee is a very big lake it measures 80 km². and is at some points 70 meters deep. As you can see there are several possibilities to visit here. Like:
Chiemsee boat tour
Our main goal this time was to visit Herrenchiemsee.
at the shores of the Chiemsee..evening pleasure looking towards the Fraueninsel. Benedictine Nuns moved to the Island, after the Cloister was finish in
866 and Charlemagne's great grandaughter, Irmengard was the first abbess on the Fraueninsel. she is the patroness and spirital guide of the region around the Chiemsee.
but Irmengard is not just a local saint, all women from all over Germany and Europe come to the Island to seek guidance and blessing asking for blessing of prenancy.
many believe Irmengard answers the prayers of infertil women.
Fondest memory: it is a very special place, die Fraueninsel
King Ludwig II was born in Munich, Schloss Nymphenburg, 1845. when he was 18 years of age, he was made King of Bavaria.
a lost War against Prussia, the young King lost all interest in politics and withdrew into his own world of music, poetry and architecture. he build Palaces, Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein.....I actually thought, he'd build more....nonetheless, what he build was superb and no expenses where spared.
but his bavarian Goverment could not stand the Kings extravagance, homosexuality and near insanity any longer. in 1886 Ludwig was declared insane and a couple of weeks later he and his Physician found drowend in the Lake Starnberg, near Munich. till this day nobody knows, was it an accident or assassination
Fondest memory: Herrenchiemsee, a Palace costing 16mill Goldtaler.....I can't even imagine how much money that is for our times. but, he just overdone it and his Ministers declared him not only eccentric, but also insane.......
still, Herrenchiemsee is just superb. it is the Kings largest Palace, a near Replica of Versailles. the french Gardens, the big Hall of Mirrors, amazing Porcelan from Meissen...Herrenchiemsee is a feast for the eyes and the senses.
situated on the Island of Herreninsel and the beautiful Lake Chiemsee.
Detail detail detail..... there is so much detail in each of the statues here. Each statue in it self is a great work of art and as a group they are awesome.
Fondest memory: While waiting to enter the main house we took a walk around the reflecting ponds and looked at each of the statues. There were birds singing and squirles running around... it was real nice.
If you are think that you are in Versailles, you are not so wrong. It looks very similar to the french palace in many cases and Ludwig wanted to pay a tribute to his great example, the "sun king" Louis XIV.
It is much smaller than the french orginial, but the similarity is amazing.
Herrenchiemsee is one of the most beautiful castles which the "fairytale-king" Ludwig II. let built. It was built on an island (called Herreninsel /Lord's island) inside the lake Chiemsee. There are wonderful french gardens, fountains and other surprises in the area.
Favorite thing: Within the Schloss Herrenchiemsee there are many works of art and handcrafted panels and wall fixtures. Each part of the palace is decorated with gold leaf and great detail has been paid to the decorations. Many famous craftsmen were used in the construction of the palace and it shows with the beauty you will find here.
Favorite thing: While waiting your turn to take the tour of the palace you can go out to watch the water fountain show that is put on about every 30 min. Each of the big fountains shoot large amounts of water up into the sky. It is a sight to see.
...is what the tourguide will tell you, but what they really mean is "Just dont use the flash", because the camera's flash can damage all the gold. So I just turned off my flash and took all the photos displayed here on my page.
Filming is also allowed.
Favorite thing: It costs 6,50 € to go inside, but it is incredible impressive. The decoration of gold, marble, paintings, etc. cost more than Neuschwanstein and Linderhof (Ludwig II.'s other famous palaces) together!