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Overview

Visit Herrenchiemsee Palace, modeled after the Palace of Versailles by King Ludwig II, on this guided, full-day tour from Munich. Escape to an island in Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria’s largest lake, for a tour of the king’s final and most expensive castle (entrance fee not included). Then continue by boat to the Benedictine abbey of Frauenwörth, located in the beautiful, unspoiled landscape at the edge of the Bavarian Alps on Fraueninsel Island.
  • Herrenchiemsee Castle day trip from Munich
  • Guided tour of King Ludwig II's royal castle of Herrenchiemsee
  • Boat ride across the Chiemsee lake
  • Visit the Benedictine monastery on Fraueninsel island
  • Free time to explore the island

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Both islands you visit on this day trip are spectacular, so have your camera ready. Be sure to visit the Benedictine monastery on tiny Fraueninsel island.
This full-day excursion begins at the Bahnhofplatz in front of the Karstadt München Bahnhofplatz, across from the main railway station. After boarding a motor coach, it’s approximately a 1-hour ride southeast to Bavaria’s largest lake—Lake Chiemsee—home of King Ludwig’s most elaborate home, Herrenchiemsee Palace. 
This castle is located on an island in the Chiemsee. Enjoy a guided walking tour (entrance fee not included) 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.
After the tour, take a boat ride across the lake to Fraueninsel Island, 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.

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J
, Jul 2018

Beautiful island and castle. The bus/boat ride was great. As was the tour guide for that part of the tour Elizabeth.
However, once on the island, we were turned over to another guide who took us to the castle. She had a really bad attitude and acted like she didn't care if we were there or not. Then, once inside the castle, we were turned over to a 3rd guide who took us on the usual rushed tour through the castle.

s
, May 2018

This castle was breathtaking. You have to walk through the woods for a little bit, but when you reach it, it's absolutely gorgeous. Our tour guide was ok. I wish our tour guide was more informative, she didn't really say munch unless someone from our group had questions. Our tour guide for the castle was better, she told us more than our actual tour guide for this trip. Still a really good tour though.

b
, Jan 2018

Excellent thouroughly enjoyed it would really recimmend it.

G
, Nov 2017

Great trip. Castle and grounds were beautiful. Fish lunch on the Fraunen Insel was delicious.

M
, Oct 2017

A relaxing day trip form Munich...with a fair amount of queuing for ferries. But THAT is the point in visiting islands in a beautiful lake. With this size crowd, there's a fair amount of waiting for others to use the WC, then search for coffee. But, the vistas are beautiful, and it's easy to see feel a part of the weekenders who long ago made this their retreat to the southern Bavaria countryside.

j
, Oct 2017

The Royal Castle of Herrenchiemsee is very beautiful, has an interesting history and is the best part of the tour. The remainder of the tour was a stretch. We had lunch at a restaurant chosen for us, a short visit to a lovely old convent church and then we walked around the small island just marking time. I would have preferred to return to Munich after Herrenchiemsee but we shared the bus with another tour and had to wait their return.

F
, Sep 2017

A little over an hour drive from Munich, the city of Prien Am Chimsee houses the Chimsee lake which is the largest lake in Germany. It has a couple of islands in it and this tour went to two of them, the Herren Insel and the Frauen Insel. The former, houses the Herrenchimsee Palace which was one of the three palaces built under the mad king, Ludwig. Although it was never completed, this palace is still beautiful and worth the visit. Majority of the furniture and fixtures of the place are still original and one can learn a lot about King Ludwig through the things you will find inside this palace. The island of Frauen Insel is also equally lovely. The centerpiece of this island is an old monastery still being used by Benedictine nuns. Make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes if you choose to take this tour for there will be a lot walking and a small hike through a forest in this tour. Ran by Gray Line Tours which is based in Munich, I highly recommend this very relaxing tour. Our tour guides Alexandra and Elizabeth were equally competent in leading this tour. Both are very knowledgeable of the place and also made the tour a lot more enjoyable for each and every guests.

c
, Sep 2017

Wonderful places included in this tour. Great view of Herrenchiemsee Castle, of the fountains, and a magnificent green and full of flowers Fraueninsel, which must be visited especially in a sunny day. There were good coach services from 'Gray Line Sightseeing Munich', but a very disappointing guide - Barbara, which gave everyone the feeling of a great boring sometimes, like Dory in 'Finding Nemo', it looks like she speaks whale-ish - 3 words/minute. Almost no useful information during the trip see a building site on the left side Oh!, there is a railroad on your left side - really?! - the brochures are more useful than you! We all just had the sensation of being a flock of sheep - the coach driver can count us as well, no other person needed. This cannot be said about other guides from other tours, which were excellent and offer lot of great information.

P
, Sep 2017

Nice day on the lake. Fountains at the castle were great looking.

A
, Aug 2017

There are not enough words to describe how beautiful these places are. We would for sure take this tour again! Do not miss it!


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