When we arrived and paid our admission, we included a tour of the Palace and of the Museum.
The Palace tours are at set time, for groups from different countries. Our tour was with an English guide and wasn't for a while, so we had time to look at the gardens before joining the tour.
You can only visit the Palace by tour.
NO PHOTO'S are allowed inside the Palace.
The tours run between April - Mid-October: 9 am-7 pm
last guided tour: 5 pm
Mid-October - March: 9.40 am-4.15 pm
last guided tour: about 3.40 pm
King Ludwig II Museum in the New Palace
April - Mid-October: 9 am-6 pm
Mid-October - March: 10 am-4.45 pm
ADMISSION TO THE PALACE & MUSEUM IN 2011 .......Adults...9.50euros
I was able to visit the old Church on the Island, built where the old Romanesque foundation originally was. The White dome dates back till 900!
It is unassuming from the outside. I entered through a large heavy metal door, to find inside, a beautiful church with frescoes in very good condition.
So don't be put off by the outside, go inside for a look!
Herrenchiemsee Castle was built by Bavarian King Ludwig II as a tribute to Versailles, between 1878 and 1886.
We were on the English tour which started in the Vestibule and then we walked up the State Staircase to the first floor, to the Northern Staircase and then back to the ground floor where it ends with a visit in the Bathroom and the Robing Chamber. The palace has 70 rooms, of which 50 were never completed. We were able to see one of the rooms that hadn't been restored.
The most famous part of the palace is the Hall of Mirrors. It is 98 metres long and has 44 candelabras and 33 chandeliers.
Gilt work is everywhere in the opulent palace. I have never seen so much gold, in fact, I would call it 'gold overload."
I enjoyed this tour, seeing the beautiful furniture, and hearing about King Ludwig. It was quite interesting, and I learnt that the King only lived here for a total of just 10 days in September 1885.
What a waste of a beautiful palace.
The Palace tour lasts between 30 -35 minutes.
NO PHOTO'S INSIDE THE PALACE ALLOWED
I bought a small souvenir book which had good photo's.
The numerous design features of the Herrenchiemsee Palace Park impresses very much.
There are 3.5 hectares of lawn, 6.5 hectares of paths, 0.1 hectares of flowerbeds, 2.5 hectares of hedges, 4900 metres of avenue trees and numerous pools and figures.
You can watch my 5 min 10 sec Video Park&Schloss Herrenchiemsee out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
There is a museum of King Ludwig II in the palace where it is possible to see personal things of the king, to familiarize with his life, to find out about his love to music and theatre.
The museum is accommodated in twelve modernized rooms on the ground floor of the south wing and was opened in 1987.
It documents the story of Ludwig II's life from his birth to his tragic early death with painted portraits, busts, historic photographs and original state robes.
The king went down in the history of music as patron of the composer Richard Wagner. Portraits, written documents and theatre and stage set models record this aspect of his life.
You can watch my 1 min 07 sec Video Herrenchiemsee Ludwig's Museum out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
This was the place of residence first for King Ludwig when he took control of the island Herrerensel in 1873. He did have it decorated with splendor; but it was not big enough for him, so he moved on to build the New Palace. This Augustinian Monastery has four wings and was built between 1645 and 1730 to replace older structures on the site. Only the Imperial Hall and Garden room are open to the public. The frescoes are from the Baroque period. Museums of Chiemsee Gallery and Julius Exter are in the other wings. The art paintings are from late 1700's to WWII, and Exter time frame is late 1800's with 150 paintings on site.
The inside of the church is small but elegant. The theme looks to be Greek in nature, and date back to 782 as a first church on the island. The buildings were rebuilt in 1728-32 and in 1836, it was changed into a "refuge" for outcast women of sin to be educated. There were 30 Nuns on the island to assist the Monks.
This is a village with 300 residents on an island of 12 hectares, or 3 acres. It has a monastery on site with a 1200 year old Munster Church, and a Carolinian gatehouse. The main reason people taker the boat to here is to eat and relax in the peaceful setting. The smoked fish is said to be worth the trip.
The pictures not of quality came from a book-but maybe you get the picture. Ludwig only stayed at the New Palace 10 days total and used the elegant bedroom once. The New Palace was to have 70 room, but only 20 got completed, and some of those not furnished, or done totall.
He did dine alone, but had "playmates" of stuffed gentry to talk to while he ate-yes weird. The bedroom was the most expensive room constructed in the 19th Century, and it took 3 years preparation work to get the materials ready to install. The gold gild sheen in the palace was weighed in at around 200 pounds. The 50,000 candles in the palace all had to be lit when Ludwig was there, and it took 20 servants just to light them before dark fell upon them. They were all used up in one day. The chandeliers were the largest since Versailles made an order for such. They weigh 500-1,000 pounds, and have 2,000 candles.
The Hall of Mirrors is about 270 feet long and has 23 huge mirrors reflecting from 23 windows.
Tours are about 30 minutes and you need reservations and choose the language of your liking. They have set times for each language, so read before getting in line. Tickets are at the information booth up front near boat dock.
This is part of the theme of Carl von Effner who designed the garden area to be like the Versailles. King Ludwig wanted the fountains of Fama and Fortuna to be symbols of mythology and the sculptures and water effect are fantastic. They go off every 15-20 minutes; so just wait.
The very large setting of the grounds and fountains were completed for plans in 1876 by CArl von Effner, and to resemble the Versailles grounds. When Ludwig died, only small sections along the main path were complete, but eventually the gardens were copied in detail to the Versailles. As part of the grounds are the fountains were an idea of Ludwig to highlight the mythological whims of his "fantasies".
This museum is on the right end of the palace, and is open for visiting without a guide. There are 12 rooms to tour that hold valued treasures of King Ludwig and his era.
Fee to enter is 5 Euro, or 9,50 Euro with combo ticket to the New Palace rooms, and Old Palace/Monastery> it is open 9-6 daily April-September and until 4PM in other months.
This is why you come here. The palace is today still unfinished in some rooms and areas. You can see that in the grand staircase-called Ladder of Envoys, and in the area down under the bedchamber/eating room. Construction began in 1878, after King Ludwig took control of the island to preserve the "Old Palace-nee Monastery" and the deforestation of the island trees. It took him 5 years to decide to approve the architect plans of George Dollman-who must have been stressed out by then. The intent was to be similar to the Versailles near Paris, since he idolized those folks apparently. In the end some of the building was the same as Versailles, and the grounds also similar. Only about 1/4 of the palace got completed, and the rest unfinished was demolished after Ludwig's death.
King Ludwig supposedly committed suicide in 1886, after bankrupting Bavaria, and they had him declared "mad-as in insane. The fairytale is just that, in that the "rumor" is he preferred other male types, and maybe younger ones at times. He was for sure an eccentric, and weird; possibly even "mad".
This island is worth a visit if you are on the ferry going to visit Herrenchiemsee Palace.
It was a very wet day, so we didn't get to do the 20minute island walk like I had hoped.
We did visit the main sights, and I did manage to go for a little walk past some delightful house and gardens. I can see, that on a sunny day, it would be lovely to spend a day here.
The bottom website gives details on prices and times of the Ferry to the Island
The Benedictine Nunnery is another old building on the Island. It was built in 782 and has been rebuilt several times.
The monastery has 30 Nuns, who make a liquor called Klosterlikor and marzipan which is sold in the local shop.
The tall Bell tower we could easily see before reaching the Island.
It wasn't open to visitor's, I don't know if this is always the case. Still, I enjoyed viewing the building from the outside.
The website is only in german