Chiemsee Lake Boat Station
Bavarian King’s Bed
Schloss Chiemsee Paintings
Schloss Cheimsee View
Chiemsee Lake View
Chiemsee Palace Inside
From Salzburg we set off west leaving Austria crossing Bavaria in the direction of Munich, but not so far. In a short hour we come to our first view of a large lake, and not many minutes later we reach our parking place on the west side of the lake at Prien. We have to use a ferryboat to access the islands and the King Ludwig’s creations Herrenchiemsee and Frauenchiemsee.
Herrenchiemsee and Frauenchiemsee are islands on the lake known as Chiemsee between Salzburg and Munich. Herrenchiemsee began with a monastery, Frauenchiemsee began with a convent. Both are interesting for their religious, artistic and historic view points. The Herrenchiemsee was chosen by King Ludwig as the site to build one of his follies, a copy of the grandiose Palace of Versailles, due to his adoration of the Sun King. We visit both islands.
Herrenchiemsee, the Gentlemen’s Island is the larger of the two. The Monastery, formerly Benedictine later Augustinian, dating from the 7th century, is no longer active. We can ride by horse and carriage across the island, or choose to walk, to reach the beautiful and extended gardens that run from the palace all the way down to the lakeside. The fountains are not on permanently, just at times so look out for this treat. The palace was built for King Ludwig over a period of 8 years. At the time of his death in 1886 it was only partially completed due to a lack of funding. With the guided tour we can see the most important and interesting parts, and can marvel not only at its beauty and extravagance but also at the touching story of King Ludwig’s life. In addition to the Royal Palace there is a Ludwig-II-Museum, and in the old monastery building an art gallery. Frauenchiemsee, the Ladies’ Island is the smaller of the two. Its Benedictine Convent, dating from the 8th century, is still active, and not open to visitors. The Church and the Torbau (Gatehouse) may be visited. There is a convent shop which stocks the convent produce of marzipan, spirits and liqueurs, and other local arts and crafts.
Snacks, drinks and meals are available on both islands. Scenery both from the ferryboats and from the islands is enchanting. On our way back to Salzburg you can still enjoy the Bavarian Alpine scenery, whilst thinking over the history and views from your day on the Chiemsee lake.
|01st January to 31st December|
|Tour Start||09:00 am|