ChiemseeChiemsee and King Ludwig’s Versailles

A Relaxing Day at the Island Palace on Bavaria’s Largest Lake

This is perhaps our most relaxing classic day tour: a pleasant drive and boat ride to see a magnificent palace on an island in the middle of Lake Chiemsee, which is the largest body of water in Bavaria.  The Herrenchiemsee Palace is the third of King Ludwig II’s famous buildings, and is basically his version of Versailles, built almost 200 years earlier by his idol Louis XIV of France. It is a sumptuous and lavish palace with beautiful gardens and fountains in the most unlikely of settings. The palace was never finished, as construction was halted after Ludwig’s mysterious death.

Chiemsee SchifffahrtIn addition to the inside tour of the palace, you will have ample time to visit the lovely gardens and also to see the “Old Palace”, earlier a monastery that traces its roots to the year 630.

We will also visit the smaller island Fraueninsel which is a very pretty island village with lovely flower gardens, artists’ shops and restaurants. The 15. 5-hectare (38-acre) large Fraueninsel is car free and houses 300 permanent residents as well as an active Benedictine convent. A great place for lunch or afternoon tea.

As with all of our tours, this trip can be customized to suit your needs and interests. Please see below for options.

  • Lovely boat rides with mountain backdrop on Lake Chiemsee
  • Inside tour in English of the Herrenchiemsee Palace with a local guide
  • Photo stop at the ex monastery, founded in the 7th century
  • A visit to the artist community on the Fraueninsel, the island village
  • Background information on King Ludwig, his family and his times
  • Plenty of time for lunch and sightseeing
Tour Details:
  • Door-to-door transportation to and from your hotel or designated place
  • Start time is usually 08:30 and we arrive back in Munich around 6:30 pm
  • Experienced and friendly driver/guide
  • Simple and transparent pricing with no hidden costs
Tour Price

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Tour Options:
  • Cable car ride to the top of the nearby Kampenwand mountain for panoramic view over Chiemsee
  • Extended boat ride to see the entire lake
  • Alpine village tour
  • For Families: High ropes course with climbing jungle and zip lines
Entrance Fees and Fares (per Person)
  • Herrenchiemsee Palace:  € 8,00

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Herrenchiemsee Palace

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