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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

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

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.

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.

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