Tour code: 2666HERR
Escape to the islands of Herreninsel and Fraueninsel in the Chiemsee, Bavaria’s largest lake, on this full-day rail trip from Munich. Enjoy a guided tour of the stunning Herrenchiemsee Palace, modeled after the Palace of Versailles and one of King Ludwig II’s homes on Herreninsel Island. Then explore the historic Fraueninsel Island, whose origins date back 1,300 years, at leisure. Round-trip train ticket included. Castle admission and boat rides additional.


  • Day trip from Munich to Herrenchiemsee by train
  • Fully guided tours of the islands of Herreninsel and Fraueninsel
  • 1-hour train journey to and from Munich, and boat rides on Chiemsee Lake
  • Walk through the luscious gardens and ornate interior of the Herrenchiemsee Palace
  • Admire the splendid architecture created by King Ludwig I

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The Lake Chiemsee area is picture-perfect, and this tour offers marvelous views as you take a boat ride to two different islands with ornate palaces. I think the smaller one, Fraueninsel, is a true gem!

What You Can Expect

Herrenchiemsee Palace Rail Trip from Munich

Herrenchiemsee Palace Rail Trip from Munich

This full-day island tour begins at München Hauptbahnhof, the main railway station in the city of Munich. Travel approximately 1-hour by train to Bavaria’s largest lake — Lake Chiemsee — home of one of King Ludwig II’s elaborate homes, Herrenchiemsee Palace. 

This lavish castle is located on an island in the Chiemsee. Admire the incredible backdrop of majestic Bavarian lakes and mountains. Head inside for a guided walking tour of the large state rooms: the State Staircase, the State Bedroom and the Great Hall of Mirrors, plus the king's own rooms in the intimate Small Apartment, designed in the French rococo style. The palace is extravagance at its finest, with elegant gardens and walkways and ornate interiors of gold, glass and porcelain.

After the tour, take a boat ride (own expense) across the lake to the island of Frauenchiemsee, the second largest of the three islands in the Chiemsee. Explore the island and be sure to stop at the historic Benedictine convent, which dates back to the first century.

The tour ends with a return trip to Munich.

Customer Reviews

Ee Him O Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Worth the trip - good experience of the steam railway to reach the harbor to take the boat ride to the island.

Diane H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Absolutely fantastic day, the Palace was amazing as was our guide Roland. Enjoyed the train journey and little steam train and ferries, couldn't have been better.

Doug O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It is the most beautiful of the Bavarian castles of King Ludwig. The travel takes a bit of time to get there, but it is well worth the time. The travel director we had was delightful, informative, and always helpful. In spite of a bit of rain, it was a perfect day.

Barbara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The Palace and grounds were amazing, and they rounded out our visits to the other Ludwig II castles. The tour of the palace was short, but the rooms were gorgeous. Maxine, our guide was very good, and the size of the group only 12 was excellent. Maxine also showed us a great local restaurant at the little island we visited.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The absolute BEST trip so far, thanks in the largest part to Roland, the GREATEST guide you could hope for...knowledgable in the history and a charming story-teller. The trip itself is fabulous, train from Munich, steam train from Prien to Chiemsee (too much fun) and then by boats between the islands...WOW! Scenic, varied and historic...what more could you ask for?

Vicki S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

If you've not been to Versailles you won't need to bother once you've visited this amazing palace. On a smaller scale admittedly (except for the hall of mirrors which is actually larger) but the decor and the replication of the palace of Versailles is excellent and breathtaking. The fact that it is also on a lovely wooded island reached by boat and a short but sweet steam engine train ride just adds to the appeal of this tour.

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our interest in visiting Herrenchiemsee Palace was as a result of a recent British TV programme concerning the palaces of King Ludwig II. We were extremely pleased with the tour that Viator provided to Herrenchiemsee. Our guide, Franz, took full responsibility for the tour and was very knowledgeable about the history of the palace and the character of King Ludwig II. I feel this insight enhanced the tour greatly and enabled us to understand and appreciate what we were seeing. Thanks again.

Holly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This palace has to be seen to be believed. The amazing rooms and furniture in the palace, along with the accompanying story were incredible. The beautiful steam train and boat trip out to the island really added to the experience, and the food in the Monastery restaurant was impeccable!

Melissa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Absolutely breathtaking! You really get to see how beautiful Bavaria is when you do this day trip! When you go to all the different Islands by boat you really see what a gorgeous place this truly is!

Sally F W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

The guide, Franz, was wonderful.
We al had a wonderful day.

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