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Chiemsee Tours

At 80 sq km (31 square miles) Chiemsee is the largest lake in Bavaria, fed by the snowmelt water of the rivers Prien Tiroler and Achen, which drain the lake on its northern shores as the Alz.

Attractions around Chiemsee include the house designed by flamboyant Secessionist artist Julius Exter in the lakeside resort of Übersee-Feldwies; surrounded by colorful gardens, the house is ornately decorated with wrought-iron balconies and many of his paintings are displayed in his former studio.

There is also a retrospective exhibition of Exter’s vivid landscapes in the Baroque Augustinian Monastery on Herrenchiemsee, an island in the middle of Chiemsee. Also located on the same island is the extravagant Herrenchiemsee New Palace, built in the style of Versailles for King Ludwig II, who reigned over Bavaria between 1865–86; a small museum in the palace details his short but eccentric life.

Frauenchiemsee is the second islet on Chiemsee, home to one of the oldest monasteries in Germany. It was founded back in 782 and flourished for the most part for the next millennia before being rebuilt in Baroque style in the 17th century, although parts still date from medieval times. 

As well as its manmade landmarks, Chiemsee is popular with walkers and cyclists for its natural beauty; surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Alps, the shoreline is protected as the wetland home of several endangered species of wading birds. 

Practical Info

Chiemsee is 90 km (56.25 miles) southeast of Munich close to the Austrian border; it is best reached via the A8, taking the exit to Bernau. Julian Exter’s House: Blumenweg 5, 83236 Übersee-Feldwies. Open in summer for exhibitions only. Augustinian Monastery & Herrenchiemsee New Palace: 83209 Herrenchiemsee. Open Apr–Oct daily 9am–6pm; Nov–Mar daily 10am–4.45pm. Admission to both €10 adults, €9 concessions. Frauenchiemsee Monastery: 83256 Frauenchiemsee. Open May–Oct 11am–5pm daily. Admission free.  
 

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Royal Castle of Herrenchiemsee and Fraueninsel Day Tour from Munich, Munich, null
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Royal Castle of Herrenchiemsee and Fraueninsel Day Tour from Munich

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Take a boat ride to the island of Herreninsel on Chiemsee, the largest Bavarian Lake. Here you will find another fantastic result of King Ludwig II's vivid ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.85
Herrenchiemsee Palace Rail Trip from Munich, Munich, Day Trips
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Herrenchiemsee Palace Rail Trip from Munich

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Visit one of Germany’s loveliest royal attractions on a full-day rail trip to Herrenchiemsee Palace. Explore the islands of Herreninsel and Fraueninsel in ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $46.53
Small-Group Guided Day Tour to Herrenchiemsee Palace and Park from Munich, Munich, Rail Tours
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Small-Group Guided Day Tour to Herrenchiemsee Palace and Park from Munich

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Experience one of Germany's most unique locations in a small-group, 10-hour guided trip to the medieval town of Wasserburg Am Inn. Your local guide will ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 10 to 11 hrs

From USD $152.71
Private Herrenchiemsee Castle Tour from Munich with Cruise and Carriage Ride, Munich, Day Trips
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Private Herrenchiemsee Castle Tour from Munich with Cruise and Carriage Ride

This 7-hour private day tour to Herrenchiemsee from Munich will take you to Lake Chiemsee, where you can enjoy a beautiful boat ride to the Herrenchiemsee ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,133.41

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