• Location: Munich, Germany
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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Visit Herrenchiemsee Palace, modeled after the Palace of Versailles by King Ludwig II, on this guided, full-day tour from Munich. Escape to an island in Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria’s largest lake, for a tour of the king’s final and most expensive castle (entrance fee not included). Then continue by boat to the Benedictine abbey of Frauenwörth, located in the beautiful, unspoiled landscape at the edge of the Bavarian Alps on Fraueninsel Island.


  • Herrenchiemsee Castle day trip from Munich
  • Guided tour of King Ludwig II's royal castle of Herrenchiemsee
  • Boat ride across the Chiemsee lake
  • Visit the Benedictine monastery on Fraueninsel island
  • Free time to explore the island

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Royal Castle of Herrenchiemsee and Fraueninsel Day Tour from Munich

Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria

This full-day excursion begins at the Bahnhofplatz in front of the Karstadt München Bahnhofplatz, across from the main railway station. After boarding a motor coach, it’s approximately a 1-hour ride southeast to Bavaria’s largest lake—Lake Chiemsee—home of King Ludwig’s most elaborate home, Herrenchiemsee Palace. 

This castle is located on an island in the Chiemsee. Enjoy a guided walking tour (entrance fee not included) of the large state rooms: the State Staircase, the State Bedroom and the Great Hall of Mirrors, plus the king's own rooms in the intimate Small Apartment, designed in the French rococo style.

After the tour, take a boat ride across the lake to Fraueninsel Island, the second largest of the three islands in the Chiemsee. Explore the island and be sure to stop at the historic Benedictine convent, which dates back to the first century.

The tour ends with a return trip to Munich.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent thouroughly enjoyed it would really recimmend it.

Frederick G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

A little over an hour drive from Munich, the city of Prien Am Chimsee houses the Chimsee lake which is the largest lake in Germany. It has a couple of islands in it and this tour went to two of them, the Herren Insel and the Frauen Insel. The former, houses the Herrenchimsee Palace which was one of the three palaces built under the mad king, Ludwig. Although it was never completed, this palace is still beautiful and worth the visit. Majority of the furniture and fixtures of the place are still original and one can learn a lot about King Ludwig through the things you will find inside this palace. The island of Frauen Insel is also equally lovely. The centerpiece of this island is an old monastery still being used by Benedictine nuns. Make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes if you choose to take this tour for there will be a lot walking and a small hike through a forest in this tour. Ran by Gray Line Tours which is based in Munich, I highly recommend this very relaxing tour. Our tour guides Alexandra and Elizabeth were equally competent in leading this tour. Both are very knowledgeable of the place and also made the tour a lot more enjoyable for each and every guests.

Philip G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Nice day on the lake. Fountains at the castle were great looking.

Alexandra L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

There are not enough words to describe how beautiful these places are. We would for sure take this tour again! Do not miss it!

Damian Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We got engaged here! Absolutely stunning!

Tryon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Enjoyed the lake, the islands, the castle, and an excellent guide

Alison B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A wonderful trip with a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. We were delighted to see the third Castle of the Mad King Ludwig or, as they called him in Munich - The Swan King. It was a wonderful copy of Verseilles and even though unfinished, the furnishings and glitter of the rooms viewed were astounding.
Fraueninsel was lovely and the church another gorgeous example of Medieva/Baroque architecture and furnishing.

Alexandra K A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was Franz and he was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Bavaria and Ludwig II, very informative about the history of the islands and the beautiful Herrenchiemsee castle. We had a delicious lunch on the Fraueninsel island and the ferry boat rides were great fun. We had a great time-highly recommended!

Ken Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very well organized! The guide sorry, lost his name was very knowledgeable. . .and had that unique gift of keeping us on track, and yet making a group tour feel personal. I'd highly recommend this tour.

Renee S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Franz, our tour guide, was amazing. He was the favorite of the tour guides that I had had. If I could figure out how to request specifically him, I would do it! I also enjoyed the trip and the sights. Wonderful trip.

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