Great and spendid palace
Can be busy durring the high season
Ludwig II.'s Bavarian copy of Versailles on an island in Chiemsee
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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.more
It is okay and prepped for the tourists coming through. The food is eclectic and pricey of sorts.
Favorite Dish: The easy food to fill the palet is okay for a brat of kraut.
Take the A8 motorway (Salzburg-Munich), leaving at the Bernau exit to continue to Prien am Chiemsee. This little town is situated on the western coast of the lake. At the roundabout outside Prien follow the signs to the Chiemsee or Konigsschloss. As the Palace is situated on the island, you should take a boat to reach it.There are regular boats to...more
The only way to get to Herrenensel and Fraueninsel are by boat. Watch the times and which drop off you want. Frauneninsel drops off at one end of the island and picks up at the other; without any warning for the unaware. Most boats leave at Prien and go about every 20-30 minutes. Rides costs 6-7 Euro for most trips.more
You will find many locals that come to the lake island not for the palace or for the tours but come just for the parks and open fields.
The parks are nicely laid out with good walking and cart paths and the walkways are always clean. Take a walk and enjoy what nature brings.
Chimsee is an ideal place for fans of aquatics. Water in lake is very pure. Carps and trouts are found in the lake. But it is possible to fish in Germany only under special sanctions! NO FISHING!Bicycles, scooters and roller blades are not allowed on the island for safety reasons. If you have come with a bicycle,you should leave it behind the...more
Don't forget you camera to take pics of the castle. But only outside. No photos nor videos inside :-(( Here is a time planner, which makes it easier how much time to spend there:Ship ride from Prien-Stock to the island and back:about 20 minutes each rideRide with horse carriage:15 minutes each wayWalk to the castle: 20 minutes one wayGuided tour...more
just around the corner, Bernau am Chiemsee is a quaint Town with great recreational facilities and also a wonderful Campground, which I used often over the weekend. right at the lake shore with great swimming, boating, windsurfing possibilities. from Bernau its easy to visit Herrenchiemsee by boat or carhave a look at my Bernau am Chiemsee pagemore
A trail approximately 7 km long leads round the island. This will take you on well-shaded paths away from the crowds to interesting lookout points on the island. A walk that is well worthwhile! Ludwig II periodically toyed with the idea of establishing a new kingdom on a distant island. On the 230 hectares Herreninsel he seems to have put this into...more
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...more
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...more