Herreninsel - the king's island
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Baroque splendour lures visitors to Herreninsel
The fairytale palace of fairytale King Ludwig II
The famous Herrenchiemsee Palace is the final and most magnificent edifice built by fairytale King Ludwig II. The palace was intended to surpass its historic predecessor, the Palace of Versailles built by Sun King Louis XIV. Even though it was never completed, Herrenchiemsee is a perfect example of splendour and beauty.
The Royal Palace is about a 15-minute walk from the pier on Herreninsel. The Palace attracts visitors like a magnet, with its grandiose Great Hall of Mirrors, many fascinating state rooms, breathtaking marble State Staircase and surprising "magic table".
Guided tours take place throughout the day, allowing access to around 20 magnificent rooms. At the end of the tour, you can take a horse-drawn carriage back to the pier.
Royal tranquillity and majestic views
Those venturing further from the fairytale palace will discover the quiet corners of this beautiful island. Wander through the Palace Gardens and admire the glittering water features. Or recharge your batteries whilst walking through the calm, shady deciduous woods. Enjoy the wonderful views of the lake and nearby mountains from the lakeside path.
The island has even more to offer...
The former Augustinian Monastery, otherwise known as the "Old Palace", is immediately adjacent to the steam boat pier. The former convent is one of Bavaria's oldest monasteries. During secularisation, the monastery on Herrenchiemsee was dissolved in 1803.
In 1948, the Constitutional Convention was held in the "Old Palace", at which the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany was formulated. A "Combination island ticket" allows you to visit both the "Old" and New Palace. "Combination island tickets" are valid for six months from date of issue.
Close to the "Old Palace" is the farm housing the National Stud. The horses in the paddocks are yet another symbol of the island's courtly atmosphere.
On the north shore of the island is the Lakeside Chapel of the Holy Cross, dating back to 1697.
More information about the royal palaces on the island
Please refer to the Bavarian Palaces Department website for information about opening times, admission prices and the island's history.