• Location: Munich, Germany
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

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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

Andrea L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Beautiful and exentional sight,also travelling there is a nice experience

Andrea L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Beautiful and exemptional sight

Robert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Franz was informative and helped make our tour fun and very enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing trip , the castle is beautiful ,Maxine was a great tour guide ,
she has a lot of knowledge and was very nice with us

Nicky O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A fabulous day trip by rail, steam train and then a boat to Herrenchiemsee, King Ludvig's copy of Versailles. Our guide, Petra, was very informative with all her knowledge of the area and the Moon King himself. She was professional and organised the day trip well, considering we had so many modes of transport. She made sure the tour flowed like clockwork! This is a wonderful day out to see a fantastic palace that unfortunately was never finished. The rooms that are furnished are extremely splendid and the hall of mirrors is even larger than the one in Versailles. I cannot recommend this tour enough.

diane e c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. Susanne was a great guide and made the trip a real pleasure, eliminating all the tricky little logistical problems associated to getting to this location by public transport, and arranging our time for maximal efficiency of seeing the various sites.

Jo R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Maxine our tour guide was wonderful, explaining every step of the way. The castle is awesome and the steam train ride very quaint. The boat trip across to both islands was lovely. Highly recommend a hat and sunscreen if going in the summer or hot weather. All in all a great day out.

Richard K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A wonderful day out from Munich...the Palace was all that I expected and the second island was a pleasant, unexpected experience. And our guide, Maxine, could not have been better...well-informed and very, very helpful when we had a slight hitch in plans.

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.

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