One of the most beautiful lakes in the Bavarian Alps, Chiemsee
boasts two islands and is lined with resorts. A popular weekend
excursion in Germany, it can be reached by train from Munich in an
hour, or by road via the A8 Autobahn. Visitors can take a steamer
cruise around the lake from Prien on the west shore to explore the
islands in the lake.
Frauenchiemsee is the smaller island, site of a quaint fishing
village with some colourful traditional customs, and a Benedictine
nunnery known for its liqueur. The larger island, Herrenchiemsee,
bears one of King Ludwig's famous fairytale castles. This one was
never completed, but was intended to be a replica of the palace of
Versailles. The centre of the palace still stands, complete with a
splendid hall of mirrors and surrounded by gardens and woodland. It
is an extremely popular tourist attraction with its gaudy
Opening Time: The 'Neues Schloss' is open daily 9am-5pm (April to
September), and 10am-4pm (off-season).