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Herrenchimsee (Schloss Herrenchiemsee)

Maybe the biggest among king Ludwig’s II Castles is the castle Herrenchiemsee (Schloss Herrenchiemsee).

This castle is situated in 40 minutes drive from Bad Reichenhall, it is convenient to get there, the most part of the way is by the road 8 Salzburg-Munich.

The castle is situated on the island on the lake Himsee , which is called the Bavarian sea. It is better to go there for the whole day. Go to the city Prin, park your car and get on the boat. 

You can get to the island where the castle is situated only by boat, the cost of the tickets you can find on the website of the shipping company  (there you can find the prices to the island Fraun Himsee).Also pay attention to the section with the prices on the railway tickets -the pier is approached by a narrow-gauge railway, along which a funny locomotive drags small wagons, but there's information on the railway company website that from 2020 year the locomotive won't work anymore.

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And to the pier comes the railway, on which the cars are dragged by a small steam locomotive.

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So a dive into the beginning of the 20th century is guaranteed!

The castle as i have already said is situated on the island, where besides the men's monastery is situated too (that is why the island is called Herren..., The second big island with the monastery is Fruen Himsee).

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The Palace was built in imitation of the French Versailles. Ludwig sought to surpass it in luxury and scope.

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However, it seemed to me that the Palace is not as rich and beautiful as Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof, although it is certainly luxurious!

One of the main disadvantage not of the castle but the park is that the fountains can't work all the time without interrupting, they work for 10 minutes and then stop for 20-30 minutes, and then the cycle repeats.This is due to the fact that the pumps must pump a sufficient amount of water into the reservoirs, and in Peterhof, water comes through pipelines from the overlying hills (a low bow to our engineers who developed this system!).

The castle works from 29 October to March from 10 o'clock until 16:45, in summer from 9 o'clock in the morning until 18 o'clock in the evening. Traditionally children under 18 years visit all free, the ticket for an adult for visiting all exhibitions , monasteries and so on is 11 euros, for visiting the castle is 4 euros.

The website:  Herrenchiemsee

The address of the parking lot: Harrasser Str. 6, 83209 Prien am Chiemsee

From the castle to the prier we walked on foot.

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The church of the 11 th century!

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There are regularly held the exhibitions in the monastery's rooms, to visit them or not - it is your choice, by your mood, the halls are ordinary with whitewashed walls, there are no interesting interiors (as in the Palace), so everything depends on the exhibition itself...

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What else to advise? Try to visit Frauen Himsee, one say there's interesting too. And, necessarily!!! Visit one of the restaurants on the islands; offer the dish from fish from the lake for two persons. It is tastier on Frauen Himsee, we tasted it there. Very worthy! We ate all the fish, but we could not finish the garnish. If you eat with a family of two adults and two children, you can take one salad in addition to this dish and you will be full!

Well, on the boat in the opposite direction, the views are amazing!

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A little advice:if possible, try to arrive in such a way that it would be about 10 hours to be in the Palace, later the flow of tourists grows significantly and it is unlikely to be possible to see everything calmly.

Attractions nearby:

 The castle Hohenaschau (Hohenaschau)

Children's entertaiment park Marquartstein

Children's amusement park Ruhpolding (Freizeitpark Ruhpolding).

The ice age museum in Siegsdorf (Siegsdorfer Mammut)

Ethnographic museum Bauernhausmuseum Amerang

The museum of the automotive history of Germany EFA

The zoo BergTierPark Blindham

The Thermal Complex Prienavera Erlebnisbad



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