Located on an idyllic island in Germany's Chiemsee Lake, Herrenchiemsee Palace is a jewel of 19th-century architecture and a testament to the grandeur of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Read more

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Often referred to as the Bavarian Versailles, this opulent palace is an ode to the French monarchy and draws thousands of visitors annually who come to marvel at its intricate details and scenic location.
Inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France, King Ludwig II aimed to build a temple of fame in honor of absolute monarchy. However, due to financial constraints and his untimely death, the palace was never fully completed. Nonetheless, the finished sections of Herrenchiemsee are grand enough to transport visitors to an era of royal extravagance.
Herrenchiemsee Palace is more than just a historical monument; it's a journey into the dreams and ambitions of one of Bavaria's most intriguing rulers. Whether you are a history enthusiast, an admirer of architecture, or someone who simply appreciates natural beauty, Herrenchiemsee offers a unique and enriching experience.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Herrenchiemsee

Hall of Mirrors

A magnificent reproduction of the original Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, this hall is a marvel of light and reflection, featuring ornate chandeliers and gilded stucco work.

King Ludwig's Apartments

Elegantly furnished rooms that offer a glimpse into the life of the eccentric king, complete with rich tapestries and elaborate candelabras.

Gardens and Fountains

The palace is surrounded by formal French gardens, complete with geometrically arranged beds, ornate statues, and spectacular fountains.

Great Hall of the Chateau

Known for its intricate ceiling frescoes and grand dimensions, this hall is used for various exhibitions and events.

Museum of the Bavarian Kings

Located on the island, this museum provides an insightful look into the history of the Bavarian monarchy, including the life and passions of King Ludwig II.

Boat Ride to the Island

The palace is accessible only by boat, making the journey to the island an adventure in itself. The boat ride offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains.


The island itself is a natural paradise, with lush forests and walking paths that offer a tranquil counterpoint to the palace's man-made beauty.

Gallery of Ancestors

A gallery featuring portraits of rulers and important figures from the House of Wittelsbach, tracing the lineage of the Bavarian monarchy.

The Kitchen

A marvel of 19th-century technology, the kitchen is equipped with state-of-the-art (for its time) appliances and offers a glimpse into the culinary logistics required to run a royal household.

Souvenir Shop

Before leaving, don't forget to pick up a memento or two from the gift shop, which offers a variety of souvenirs and books detailing the palace's rich history.

What else to visit
In and around Herrenchiemsee

Rosenheim (23.13 km)

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Kufstein (35.79 km)

Nestled along the Inn River and against the backdrop of the Tyrolean Alps, Kufstein is a charming Austrian town that seamlessly blends natural beauty with medieval history.

St. Johann in Tirol (37.94 km)

St. Johann in Tirol (38.63 km)

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Bad Reichenhall (39.02 km)

Bad Reichenhall is a picturesque spa town that promises a harmonious blend of wellness, culture, and natural beauty. Known for its salt production and therapeutic air, this town is a sanctuary for relaxation and outdoor adventure alike.

Ellmau (39.73 km)

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