Herrenchiemsee on the Herreninsel in the middle of the Chiemsee lake is one of the most beautiful palace complexes in Bavaria. It is also called the "Bavarian Versailles". The reason: King Ludwig II of Bavaria wanted to honour the French King Louis XIV, and so Herrenchiemsee and its park were to be a tribute to the Sun King.
Guided Tour of the Palace
The palace can only be visited with a guided tour that takes about half an hour. The tour of the complex begins in the vestibule. Afterwards, the famous grand staircase leads to the upper floor. Visitors can especially look forward to a copy of the Versailles Hall of Mirrors and the show bedroom. Via the northern staircase, which remained unfinished, the tour leads back to the ground floor, where it ends in the bathroom and dressing room.
The King Ludwig II Museum
After visiting the palace, a visit to the King Ludwig II Museum is worthwhile. It is housed in the south wing of the ground floor. Here the life of the king is illustrated by busts, paintings and memorabilia. Plans for Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles and numerous artifacts are also on display. The friendship between Ludwig and Richard Wagner is also the subject of separate rooms and documented by pictures, compositions and caricatures.
"The Birth of a Constitution"
In the Old Palace, today's Augustinian Monastery, there is also the Constitution Museum, which shows how the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany was created. It is located close to the ship's mooring area on Herreninsel.
The Park and Gardens
The park and gardens are as impressive as the palace itself, and you should definitely take a walk and see them. In addition, the 240-hectare Herreninsel invites you to further explore. Or, if you prefer, you can have horses chauffeur you around in a carriage.