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Herrenchiemsee Palace, The Royal Palace of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Germany
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.
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.
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View From The Herrenchiemsee Park
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
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The Carriage Trip
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
Herrenchiemsee Palace, Bavaria, Germany
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