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Herrenchiemsee Palace, the Royal Palace of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Germany

Updated on June 23, 2018
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Thelma Alberts is a natural born Filipina who lives in her adopted country Germany for more than 3 decades. She loves traveling in Europe.

Herrenchiemsee Palace view of the garden fountain in front of Chiemsee, a lake in Bavaria, Germany.
Herrenchiemsee Palace view of the garden fountain in front of Chiemsee, a lake in Bavaria, Germany. | Source

Herrenchiemsee Palace


This is the second time I have been to Herrenchiemsee Palace. The Royal Palace of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Germany. It is located in the Herreninsel, the biggest island in Chiemsee. This time, I was prepared and brought my video and my digital cameras with me for my article but still we were not allowed to take photos and videos inside the palace. So, we just took the photos and videos outside, in the beautiful and huge park.


Herrenchiemsee, which is also called The New Palace is a copy of Versailles Palace in France. It was built in 1878 with the help of Georg Von Dollman, a very well known German architect. King Ludwig II of Bavaria was an avid fan of the Sun King Louis XIV of France that he built his own palace as a copy of that of Versailles, but unfortunately King Ludwig II died in 1886, before he had finished the building . It was only the main building that was finished thus leaving 50 rooms incomplete.

Herrenchiemsee Palace

Herrenchiemsee Palace, Herreninsel, Germany
Herrenchiemsee Palace, Herreninsel, Germany | Source

Inside The Palace


Inside the palace, there is a Great Hall of Mirrors which is very long with its 98 meters length. It includes the Hall of War and the Hall of Peace. The Great Hall of Mirrors has 17 arches, is in French rococo style and it is overlooking the huge garden of the palace. The ceilings are full of beautiful and awesome frescos. There are 2000 candles (source: the tourist guide inside the palace) on the chandeliers hanging on the ceiling.


One of the highlights of my visit was my walking through the State Staircase in going to the amazing rococo style bedroom where King Ludwig II himself had slept for only one night. Then, to that awesome dining room with its brilliant huge Meissen porcelain chandelier hanging in the ceiling over an elevated table. The Meissen porcelain chandelier is said to be the largest Meissen porcelain in the world (source: the tourist guide in the palace).


It had been said that King Ludwig II had only visited the palace ten times as he had other palaces in Germany, the Linderhof Palace and the Neuschwanstein Palace.

View From The Herrenchiemsee Park

From Herrenchiemsee Park , looking at the Chiemsee where King Ludwig II used to come by boat  from Prien pier during his life time.
From Herrenchiemsee Park , looking at the Chiemsee where King Ludwig II used to come by boat from Prien pier during his life time. | Source

How to go to Herrenchiemsee


There are many ways to go to Herrenchiemsee. By a private boat or by Chiemsee tourist board ferry boat which is chartered for the tourists from all over the world. It is estimated that half a million of tourists all over the world come to see the amazing unfinished palace of King Ludwig II. You can start your visit to Herrenchiemsee Palace by taking a ferry boat from the main harbour Prien or from Gstad, a small village at Chiemsee. You can buy a round trip ticket from Prien harbour for going to Herrenchiemsee--Frauenchiemsee--Gstad for only € 8.50 and you can stop wherever you like and for how long you stay for your sightseeing. There are special ferries for weekends with another prices. You can see the price list from the tourists flyers and from the tourist information center everywhere in Chiemsee.

Prien Harbour, Chiemsee, Bavaria

Prien Harbour, Chiemsee, Germany
Prien Harbour, Chiemsee, Germany | Source

Map of Germany

A
Prien, Chiemsee, Germany:
Prien, Deutschland

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B
Herrenchiemsee, Chiemsee, Germany:
Herrenchiemsee, 83209 Chiemsee, Deutschland

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C
Frauenchiemsee, Germany:
Frauenchiemsee, 83339 Chieming, Deutschland

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D
Gstad, Chiemsee, Germany:
Gstadt, Deutschland

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The Carriage Trip

The poster of the historical carriage trip inside the park of Herrenchiemsee Palace. From there, the carriage trip with the horses for the tourist  started.
The poster of the historical carriage trip inside the park of Herrenchiemsee Palace. From there, the carriage trip with the horses for the tourist started. | Source

Ways To Go To The Palace


It is a long way walk to Herrenchiemsee Palace from where you land. It is about 15 minutes walk through the forest. Well, it depends how slow or fast you walk. Of course you can jog in going there, but then you well miss the beauty of the scenery. So, strolling is the best or riding a horse drawn carriage which costs €3. Through riding a horse drawn carriage, you can feel and imagine how the King and his visitors went there in the 19th century.


Sources: Wikipedia, Herrenchiemsee Palace flyers and Tourists guide

A horse drawn carriage in Herrenchiemsee, Germany.
A horse drawn carriage in Herrenchiemsee, Germany. | Source

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    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany

      Hi Konig Ludwig! Sorry for the late response. I have just read this now. I agree with you not to visit the castle in Winter. Thanks for your comments. Happy Easter!

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      Konig Ludwig 

      4 years ago from Füssen

      Great post , i just want to add a Remarque

      never decide to visit a castle in Germany during winter season !!!

      Spring is the best time of the year.

      greeting

      New-Swan-Stone.eu

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      Konig Ludwig 

      4 years ago from Füssen

      great great post , but Neuschwanstein still the most beautiful castle

      a fantastic building check it here www.new-swan-stone.eu

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Thank you. You are always welcome Elisha. I hope you can travel to this place one day. Have a nice day!

    • Elisha Jachetti profile image

      Elisha Jachetti 

      5 years ago

      That looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing! I hope to travel there one day.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Hi ladydeonne!

      I´m sorry to hear about your sprained ankle. I hope you´re okey now. Maybe you can visit Bavaria again one day and you´ll be able to see the inside of the palace. Thanks for your visit and for sharing this hub to others. Have a lovely day!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      It was awesome riding the horse carriage. It felt like I was in the 18th century. It was indeed a beautiful place to visit. Thank you Rajan for everything you did by sharing, pinning and twitting. I appreciate that. Have a great week!

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      Deonne Anderson 

      5 years ago from Florence, SC

      Wow! The Herrenchiemsee Palace of King Ludwig is breath taking! My daughter went to tour the palace the last time we were in Bavaria with my then son-in-law. I stayed at the hotel that day because of a sprained ankle . She took beautiful pictures which we have in our travel scrap books. I love

      history and historical places. I want to see the inside of the palace . Thank you so much for sharing. Voted up, beautiful and sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Lovely palace, very scenic and great photos. It is a pity photography is not allowed inside. I'd love to ride by the horse drawn carriage to experience what it must have been in those days.

      Voted up, beautiful and shared, pinned and tweeted..

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for stopping by vox vocis and for leaving a comment. I hope you can visit this place, too. Have a great day!

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      Jasmine 

      6 years ago

      Your photo gallery makes the place so inviting. Hope to see this lake and the palace some time soon.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Hi suzettenaples! Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. Yep, Herrenchiemsee Palace is beautiful. Germany is my home away from home, too. Actually, it´s my second country as I live in Germany longer than im my home country Philippines. Have a great week!

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Love your video and photos - they are gorgeous. I have visited here and it is indeed beautiful, isn't it. Germany is my home away from home - I love the country. To have lived there for 30 years is wonderful. Thanks for giving us a wonderful article!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for stopping by maheshtcr1;-)

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      maheshtcr1 

      6 years ago

      Great hub voted up.......

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Yes, this palace is gorgeous. Thank you radhikasree for visiting, commenting and sharing this hub to your friends here. Have a great day!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      This palace and its premises look gorgeous! The lake and the surrounding greenery is also a cooling treat! Great hub.

      Up and beautiful.

      SHARING with my friends here.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you for visiting twentyfive. Yes, do come and see that place. You can visit Germany with your english language. Who knows? I might meet you here and I´ll be your translator. Have a good week!

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      twentyfive 

      6 years ago

      What a historical and significant place this is. Wishing to visit someday with someone who knows and understands German. :)

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Hi Movie Master! Thanks for your stopping by. Well, I´m sure that you´ll visit Germany again and don´t forget to see this palace. Have a great weekend!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      You are always welcome RTalloni. Yes, what a beautiful place to just be visited for a few days. If I would be the owner, I would never leave the place for a long time. Thanks for your comment. Happy Weekend!

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      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for highlighting Herrenchiemsee Palace for us. What a lovely slice of history to visit. Imagine owning such a place and only visiting it 10 times!

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Thelma, I would love to visit this palace, your video and pictures are fabulous.

      I have been to Germany a few times, hopefully I will go again one day and see the palace.

      Thank you and voted up

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you Peggy W for dropping by. I wish you can visit this place someday. Have a great week!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Good morning jpcmc. Yes, Herrenchiemsee is beautiful. I hope too, that you can visit this place one day. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for showing us this Herrenchiemsee Palace of King Ludwig. I can just imagine what the inside looked like! Your video captured the fountains nicely. Really liked your photos. Up votes and thanks for sharing.

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      JP Carlos 

      6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I love the open spaces with lots of greens. It's so beautiful there. I hope I get the chance to visit this magnificent place.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you anusujith. Yes, it is an amazing place to visit. Thanks for dropping by and for your sharing.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Oh, it´s great! So you know how beautiful the palace is! Yes, King Ludwig II is also called the Mad King because it was known to the people that madness was hereditary in his family. His brother Otto was certified mad while he was not. I have to add this information in my hub. I knew I forgot something important.

      Thanks drbj. Have a great day! Take care.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      I, too, visited the palace, Thelma, and it is absolutely beautiful and palatial. You capured the outside views very well. I remember the extremely long dining table inside - so long that if you were at one end you could barely see the diner at the other end.

      Isn't this King Ludwig the one that was called the Mad King of Bavaria? Not to his face, of course!

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      Anoop Aravind A 

      6 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Wow. What a place to visit. Shared.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you Brett. Yes, it is worth a visit especially inside. It is a great way of spending a day out if you live nearby and a great way of having a holiday in Europe. Thanks for sharing this hub to others. Have a great week!

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Definitely worth a visit. A stunning palace and the scenery is possibly even more beautiful. What a great way to spend a day out!

      Shared, up and awesome.

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