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Schloss Herrenchiemsee

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  • Herrenchiemsee Palace Hall, Chiemsee, Germany

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Published 04/25/2016

Fodor's Review

Despite its distance from Munich, the beautiful Chiemsee drew Bavarian royalty to its shores. Its dreamlike, melancholy air caught the imagination of King Ludwig II, and it was on one of the lake's three islands that he built Schloss Herrenchiemsee, his third and last castle. The palace was modeled after Louis XIV's Versailles, but this was due to more than simple admiration: Ludwig, whose name was the German equivalent of Louis, was keen to establish that he, too, possessed the absolute authority of his namesake, the Sun King. As with most of Ludwig's projects, the building was never completed, and Ludwig spent only nine days in the castle. Moreover, Herrenchiemsee helped empty the state coffers and Ludwig's private ones as well. The gold leaf that seems to cover more than half of the rooms is especially thin. Nonetheless, what remains is impressive—and ostentatious. Regular ferries out to the island depart from Stock, Prien's harbor. If you want to make the journey in style, board

the original 1887 steam train from Prien to Stock to pick up the ferry. A horse-drawn carriage (€3) takes you from the boat dock to the palace itself.

Most spectacular is the Hall of Mirrors, a dazzling gallery where candlelit concerts are held in summer. Also of interest are the ornate bedrooms Ludwig planned, the "self-rising" table that ascended from the kitchen quarters, the elaborately painted bathroom with a small pool for a tub, and the formal gardens. The south wing houses a museum containing Ludwig's christening robe and death mask, as well as other artifacts of his life. While the palace was being built, Ludwig stayed in a royal suite of apartments in a former monastery building on the island, the Altes Schloss. Germany's postwar constitution was drawn up here in 1948, and this episode of the country's history is the centerpiece of the museum housed in the ancient building, the Museum im Alten Schloss.

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Sight Information

Address:

Herrenchiemsee, Chiemsee, Bavaria, 83209, Germany

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Phone:

08051-68870

Sight Details:

  • €8, includes Museum im Alten Schloss
  • Apr.–late Oct., daily 9–6; late Oct.–Mar., daily 9:40–4:15; English-language palace tours daily coinciding with boat arrivals

Published 04/25/2016

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