Neuschwanstein is inherently more popular than Herrenchiemsee Palace, Neuschwanstein is a similar figure to Walt Disney’s castle.  Easy access to public transport and a palace in popular tourism play a large part in keeping King Ludwigs Castle Neuschwanstein the most popular creation. Herrenchimsee Palace nonetheless is a great way to spend a day trip from Munich.

Visit Herrenchiemsee Palace to see Ludwigs masterpiece

In 1873 King Ludwig II of Bavaria bought The Herreninsel Island in Chiemsee Germany as the location to build his Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee. Herreninsel Island lies 60km from Munich at the feet of the Bavarian Alps. Far enough away but close enough so Ludwig could commute to the sights of Munich as required. Once in Munich Ludwig had the Royal Palace of Schloss Nymphenburg to reside in. Construction started straight away on Chiemsee Castle.

Herrenchiemsee Palace

Herrenchiemsee new palace is a must see

If this amazing palace on The Herreninsel Island was built as of 2013 it would have cost in excess of 250 million dollars. Called the Bavarian Versailles Herrenchimsee Palace is modelled on The Palace of Versailles in France. Ludwig built Herrenchiemsee new palace in honour of King Louis XIV of France. For Ludwig imitation was the kindest form of flattery. Construction of Herrenchinsee Castle began in 1878 and continued to Ludwig’s death in 1886.

Schloss Herrenchimsee

One of the great shame’s of Ludwig’s death was that it left both Herrenchinsee and Neuschwanstein were unfinished. The palace was still far from complete at this stage and sections were actually destroyed. The greatness of Ludwig ii castles and his vision were never fully realised for us to see and experience. If finished Herrenchinsee would have been a masterpiece and rightly taken its spot as King Ludwigs finest royal residence. King Ludwig’s castles in Bavaria left many great locations for us travellers to see today.

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The highlights of the interior include the large State Rooms, the State Staircase, the State Bedroom and the Great Hall of Mirrors. The Hall of Mirrors was amazing and worth a visit to Herrenchiemsee just to view this room alone. If you been to Versailles and viewed their Hall of Mirrors the version at Herrenchinsee Palace will be instantly familiar to you.
Hall of mirrors at Herrenchimsee

The Hall of Mirrors and the facade of Herrenchinsee Palace is where this palace is most like Versailles. The King’s own rooms were in the intimate Small Apartment. Herrenchiemsee was designed in the French rococo style built in the classic shape of a palace with a long, front facade.

Herrenchiemsee gardens


Herrenchiemsee day trips from Munich is a must!

Some of my most treasured memories of Herrenchimsee are of the gardens and fountains of this palace. The fountains were like nothing I had experienced before and dominated the landscape the was viewable all the way to the water. The sculptures that are these fountains are like something you would see in Rome by Bernini or some other famous sculpture. The gardens have a central corridor leading from the front of the Palace to where the purpose dock for the royal ferries to arrive after crossing Lake Chiemsee

On either side of the corridor are rectangular water features with an amazing fountain in the centre. One could sit look and stroll this amazing area of the palace grounds for hours. There is a cafe on site where you can enjoy a beverage and just take in your surrounds. Being in Bavaria I thought a traditional Bavarian weissbier was in order. I sat in the warm summer sun in an amazing place with my family and fully enjoyed a great beer.
Amazing sculptures at Herrenchimsee

Herrenchiemsee Palace main downfall is that Ludwig died before construction was complete leaving 50 of 70 rooms unfinished. Herrenchiemsee, do yourself a favour and make the effort to see Herrenchiemsee Palace it’s the equal of Neuschwanstein and one of the best German castles. You will find and the crowds are much smaller and there is no line to wait in when visiting this Germany castle.

family photo at Herrenchimsee

How do I get to Schloss Herrenciemsee

Ferry to HerrenchinseeDay trips from Munich on your Bavaria holidays to Herrenchiemsee Palace take the train to Prien am Chiemsee (around an hour’s ride Screenshot 2016-07-09 18.19.07.pngfrom Munich).

From Prien station, there is a special Chiemsee train to the Prien/Stock boat pier which runs during the summer season.

The pier is otherwise about a 30-minute walk from the station.


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The boat ride over to the fairytale castle is amazing. Cruising across the clear blue water of this Bavarian lake is a great experience. The Bavarian Alps of Germany in the background rise up to greet the horizon with snow covered peaks.
Horse and cart at Herrenchimsee

Family Travel Tip: Horse and cart rides are available from the pier through the forest to Herrenchiemsee Palace. The rides are available in the summer months. The carriage rides take around 15 minutes and costs 3.50 euro for adults and 1 euro for kids. Our kids loved the horse and cart ride, it was one of their favourite things to do in Bavaria

Chiemsee Schloss Entry Fee

Combination ticket
(New Palace + King Ludwig II Museum + Museum and galleries in the Augustinian Monastery – boat trip not included!)

8 euros regular · 7 euros reduced / Children under 18 Free

Getting to Munich for your Herrencheimsee visit.
  • Munich is the second biggest city in Germany.
  • Flughafen München Franz Josef Strauß is 28.5 kilometres from the city centre.
  • Munich is serviced by many international airlines and budget carriers. For cheap flights from with Europe check Veuling, EasyJet and Eurowings. You can check the prices of international flights to Germany with cheapOair. Domestic flights can be booked with Expedia
  • By February of 2017 Flughafen München, Franz Josef Strauß features flights to 248 destinations, making it the airport with the fifth-most destinations worldwide.
  •  The S1 and S8 S-Bahn lines connect the airport with the centre of Munich, with departures every 10 minutes. The airport is also easy and convenient to reach by bus from the Munich city centre
  • Many international and domestic trains and bus service’s Munich terminating at Munich’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof)
  • You can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions.
  • You can book a rental car with AutoEurope and have it waiting for you at Munich Airport.

Getting around Munich:
  • Munich has an extensive public transportation system. It consists of a network of underground (U-Bahn), suburban trains (S-Bahn), trams and buses. … Tickets can be purchased at the blue vending machines, found at U- and S-Bahn-stations, at many tram and bus stops and newspaper kiosks.
  • There are different types of tickets: Single Tickets (called “Einzelfahrkarte”), Stripe Tickets (called “Streifenkarte”) and Day Tickets (called “Tageskarte”).
  • Before first embarking, the ticket must be validated – insert the ticket into the small stamping machines posted at the entrances to U- and S-Bahn tracks or on trams and buses. It’s a € 60 fine if you are caught riding without a valid ticket.
  • The Munich City Tour Card allows free use of public transport, plus discount and free admission to some of the best Munich sights. More information and booking click here
  • Another alternative for tourists is to buy a pass for the Munich Hop on hop off bus which takes you to all the sites in the city. Click here for further information and prices.
Where to stay in Munich:
  • Munich has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms.
  • Hostels in Munich can start from as little as 20 euro’s a night for a shared dorm room.
  • You can search Airbnb for their Munich accommodation offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE.
  • Hotels in Melbourne generally start from around $100 a night for a double room and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards 5 stars. Google states that 3-star averaging $144, 5-star averaging $469 for a night stay.
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Visiting Herrenchiemsee Palace is an amazing experience. It sits on an island in Bavaria Germany. King Ludwig designed it as a Bavarian Versailles. Take a day trip from Munich to explore Herrenchiemsee. #Germany #Bavaria #Munich #Herrenchiemsee #travel