This predominantly wooded island was purchased by Louis II of Bavaria in 1873 to protect it from systematic deforestation. It is particularly famous because of Herrenchiemsee Castle, known as the new castle. The island is home to another castle, comprising the remains of an Augustinian monastery, built in the 8C and now housing a museum retracing the history of the island.
access via Prien-Stock pier: www.chiemsee-schifffahrt.de -every 20min in summer and every hr in winter - 15min - return ticket €7.80
Exploring Bavaria’s castles
Ludwig II of Bavaria was a solitary dreamer, little interested in affairs of state who devoted his brief reign to edifying extravagant projects in the shape of ever grander and more luxurious castles. Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee, three palaces he built during his lifetime, bear witness to both the ambition and the eccentricity that characterised this “fairy tale king”.Discover