King Ludwig 2nd's Bavarian "Versailles"
Herrenchiemsee, located in the stunning "Chiemgau" region of Bavaria, was King Ludwig 2nd's final, most opulent and expensive building project. His obsession with France's "sun king", Louis IV lead him to create his very own Bavarian Versailles on the Herreninsel (gentlemen's island) . This journey is a romantic trip into the fantasy world of King Ludwig II. Travel includes a one hour train ride, short steam train ride to the lake ( in the world's oldest continuously operating steam train!), and a lovely relaxed ferry ride to the Herreninsel where the palace is located.
We will also visit the charming Fraueninsel (women's island) on return to the mainland where Bavaria's oldest buildings is located. We can enjoy coffee and cake at the island's charming guest house (in summer we can sit out in the garden) or a refreshing beer at the local island micro brewery, (Inselbräu). The Fraueninsel is only 1. 5 klms long and has only 300 residents.
This is a very relaxed and beautiful day out for all age groups!
This is an easy tour to do by public transport and a very pleasant 1 hour journey by regional train.
We will board the train at 9. 55 and arrive in the town of Prien am Chiemsee at approx 10. 50am. From there we can take the historical steam train down to the lake to connect to the ferry which takes us to the island of "Herrenchiemsee". We will take a lovely 20 min stroll through the forest to the palace for our 35 minute tour inside. I will also guide you through the museum and tell you the tragic story of King Ludwig 2nd with historical museum photos to accompany the commentary. After the palace tour we will head back to the ferry and take a short 5 minute boat ride to the second island "Frauneninsel" where we will visit the historical church and see the fishing village with it's potters studios. We can visit a guest house for coffee and cake or the island micro brewery "INSELBRÄU" for a beer and some lunch. After our visit here we will take the ferry back to the mainland for our return journey.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I am happy to meet you at your hotel if it is located within the city centre.
If your hotel is outside of the city centre it may be required to take a subway or taxi to the main station where the tour will begin.
End location: I am happy to return you to your hotel or arrange transport to your hotel if it is outside the centre.
Duration: 9 hours
One hour regional train journey to Prien am Chiemsee, 8 minute steam train ride to the lake, 3 ferry rides to the islands and return.
Also a 15-20 minute walk from the ferry jetty to the Palace.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 EURO - The steam train, ferry rides and castle entrance are additional cost.
You may wish to bring a packed lunch for a picnic or eat at the castle cafe or on the Frauneninsel. Budget for lunch and drinks: approx 15-20 Euro.