MONUMENTAL: Enormous fountains front Ludwig II’s Herrenchiemsee Palace. King Ludwig planned to build extra wings to either side of the main palace building. This would have made the complex bugger and even more impressive than its inspiration, the Palace of Versailles, near Paris. Unfortunately for Ludwig, the money eventually dried up and the palace was left unfinished.
I CHOO CHOO CHOOSE YOU: The little green steam train you can get from Prien station to the pier at the Chiemsee, from where you get a ferry to the islands on the lake. It’s one of the world’s last operating stream trains!
HI!: That’s me, thoroughly enjoying the train ride.
YET MORE QUAINTNESS: Once you get to the Herrenisnsel (Gentlemen’s Island) you can either walk to the palace or get a horse and cart.
VENUS: Statues of gods and mythical heroes adorn the mighty fountains in the Herrenchiemsee gardens.
WINTER PALACE: A view of a snow-covered Herrenchiemsee in January. Snow gives the island a really special atmosphere.
CARVE IT UP: Also worth a visit on the Herreninsel is the Augustiner-Chorherrenstift (Old Palace). This was where the German constitution was drawn up after World War 2 and there’s a museum all about it. This panel in the museum depicts a couple of concepts of how Germany could have been carved up.
ZUM SEE: If you visit in winter, there’s no steam train to get you from Prien station to the lakeside pier, so you may have to leg it.
BEER HERE: The Inselbräu (Island Brew) guesthouse on the Fraueninsel.
Author of the Herrenchiemsee write-up Rebecca.
FROSTY STATUE: A statue covered in ice, somewhere on the Fraueninsel.
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