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From Munich: Herrenchiemsee Palace and Boat Trip Day-Tour

1. From Munich: Herrenchiemsee Palace and Boat Trip Day-Tour

Spend a lovely day out on a boat exploring the beautiful Chiemsee and its two picturesque islands, the Herreninsel and the Fraueninsel. Known as “the Bavarian Ocean,” Chiemsee is the largest fresh-water lake near Munich. Herreninsel boasts wonderful Herrenchiemsee, a palace built by King Ludwig II in 1878 in the image of Versailles in France. In some respects, however, Herrenchiemsee actually surpasses Versailes – its Hall of Mirrors is a famous example. With its elegant gardens and walkways and the beautiful interiors of gold, glass, and porcelain, the palace is a visually stunning monument to opulence. King Ludwig's difficult personality is reflected in his famous elevated dining table, which was raised and lowered through the floor so the reclusive King did not have to see his servants. This tour gives you the full story of Chiemsee and its islands. You even get the option of touring the interior of the palace. This full day tour is one of the most unique and special touring experiences in Germany.

Day Tour to Herrenchiemsee Palace with Skip-The-Line Tickets

2. Day Tour to Herrenchiemsee Palace with Skip-The-Line Tickets

On the Herreninsel, the largest island in Bavaria's largest lake, the Chiemsee, you will visit one of the most imposing sights in the whole of the state: the grandiose Herrenchiemsee Palace of King Ludwig II, the builder of Neuschwanstein. The palace was built in imitation of the Palace of Versailles build by France's Louis XIV, whom Ludwig held in the highest esteem. Afterwards, the boat will take you onwards to the lovely, car-free Fraueninsel. There you will have time for lunch and a tour of the island's fascinating sights, including the Carolingian gatehouse, one of the oldest buildings in Germany, the 2,000-year-old tree, and the Benedictine nunnery, with its famous home-made liqueur. The trip to Herrenchiemsee and the Fraueninsel will acquaint you with two of Bavaria's most beautiful and interesting spots. Come along on an excursion fit for a king!

From Munich: Private Day Trip to the Berchtesgaden Alps

3. From Munich: Private Day Trip to the Berchtesgaden Alps

Since this is a private tour, the itinerary can be adjusted based on what you wish to visit. Be picked up at your accommodation in Munich and start the scenic journey to Berchtesgaden in a comfortable VW minivan. An early pick-up time, no later than 8:00 AM, is recommended to avoid possible crowds in peak season. Follow the German Alpine road and see views of the Bavarian Alps and lakes. You’ll have the opportunity to stop along the way to take photos. Take in the Alpine scenery around Watzmann mountain, the second-highest in Germany. Learn about the history of the region. While you can choose which attractions to visit, of the 3 most popular attractions, Eagle’s Nest, Lake Königssee, and Herrenchiemsee Palace, it is recommended that you choose to visit maximum 2 of the 3. Experience the panoramic views from the Eagle’s Nest and learn about the history of the location. Learn about the remnants of the Nazi regime at nearby Obersalzberg and explore the extensive network of bunkers. Visit the village of Königssee and enjoy the diversity of shops in the surrounding area. Take an optional boat ride on the lake to hear the famous Königssee Echo. Next, head to the historic town of Berchtesgaden. If you wish, you can go down the panoramic road where the final scene of the "Sound of Music" was filmed. Travel to Lake Chiemsee, enjoy a relaxing ferry over Bavaria’s largest lake and visit the king's most magnificent palace, Herrenchiemsee Palace.

Day-Trip to the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee

4. Day-Trip to the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee

Enjoy a drive from Munich to the largest Bavarian Lake: the Chiemsee. On the way there will be plenty of short breaks for taking in the beautiful scenery. Take a boat ride to Herreninsel and learn of this breathtaking Island, on which stands a replica of the castle of Versaille. Enjoy a guided tour of this fantastic island dating back to the time of King Ludwig II, and take in the sights of the lakes surrounding it. After your tour there will be time to see the Augustian Monastery. Afterwards, you will continue by boat to the Fraueninsel. Here, there will be time to visit the Benedictine church. Finish the day with a gentle stroll around this stunning area, indulge in the area's fine foods, swim in the clear waters, or simply relax before we go back by boat.

Ampfing: Private Seven Lakes Flight with Headphones

5. Ampfing: Private Seven Lakes Flight with Headphones

Explore Bavaria's unrivalled natural beauty from the air on a private flight from Ampfing. See the entire mountain range from the Kampenwand far into the Allgäu with 7 calm lakes along the route. Sit back and marvel at the views unfurling beneath you while you listen to your pilot's narration through headphones. Take off and head south to Chieming with its idyllic Chiemsee lake. From there, cross the lake to see the two islands of Frauenchiemsee and Herrenchiemsee from the air. Passing Prien, set course for the Schliersee lake, with a brief view of Spitzingsee lake. Marvel at more lake views from above Tegernsee lake with its charming Tegernseer brewery, which is known far beyond Bavaria's borders. After a short Tegernsee sightseeing flight, fly along the mountain range to Jochberg to marvel at Kochelsee lake with Walchensee lake behind it. Next, fly over the small, partly untouched Staffelsee islands before starting the journey to the Allgäu. En route, marvel at Forgensee lake, which is on the direct route to the intermediate landing site, the Kempten airfield. Land in Kempten for a coffee and cake break. Re-energized, take off to return to Ampfing. Depending on how much time is left and on the weather, return via Lake Ammer and Lake Starnberg. Fly over another hotspot, the town of Wasserburg. With its historic centre on a peninsula formed by the meandering river Inn and many Medieval structures, it is always worth a photo.

Chiemsee: Bavaria, Seon Monastery Private Scenic Tour

6. Chiemsee: Bavaria, Seon Monastery Private Scenic Tour

Get an unforgettable bird's eye view of Bavaria on this private flying experience. Learn to be a pro at flying a plane from your knowledgeable pilot as you glide effortlessly through the clouds. Marvel at the breathtaking views of Chiemsee and Wasserburg. Feel on cloud 9 as you get ready to embark on this flying trip. Take off from Ampfing with your experienced pilot and fly high in the sky. Feel the adrenaline rush through your body as you enjoy the ride of your life. Fly south to Seon-Seebruck, where you will see the Seon Monastery from the air. Next, travel through the clouds and head to the Chieming via Seebruck.  Glide over the Chiemsee, see the islands of Frauenchiemsee, Herreninsel, and the Herrenchiemsee Palace.  Finally, enjoy a short tour of Prien before heading back to Ampfing. Admire views of Wasserburg on route back. 

München: Rundflug München, Seen, Schlösser, Alpen abAugsburg

7. München: Rundflug München, Seen, Schlösser, Alpen abAugsburg

Discover Munich and its surrounding landscapes on a sightseeing flight over lakes, forests, and famous landmarks. Admire the Alpine landscape and fly over Lake Forgegensee. Enjoy interesting commentary from your pilot. From our ALPEN AIR terminal in Augsburg, fly via Dachau to the state capital Munich with the architecturally brilliant Allianz Arena of FC Bayern Munich. Be enchanted by the beauty of Munich from a height of only 600 meters, flying low to discover the English Garden and the German Museum. Hover over the Marienplatz and the Frauenkirche, as well as the Nymphenburg Palace. At a slow speed, circle the futuristic BMW World and of course the Olympic Park with its 291-meter-high Olympic Tower. Next, fly over Lake Simssee to the Bavarian sea, Lake Chiemsee. In the middle of Bavaria’s largest lake and against the impressive backdrop of the Alps, Herrenchiemsee Castle and Fraueninsel Island await you. Then head towards the mountains and see through the large windows onto the Kampenwand and the Wilder Kaiser. Over the half hour that follows, take in the grace of the mountains as you fly almost 150 kilometers along the northern Alps. Pass the Wendelstein after the Inn Valley and discover idyllic lakes in the midst of the impressive mountain world: first, pass the circular Thiersee, then the picturesque Schliersee, the small Spitzingsee, and the famous Tegernsee. Conclude your mountain tour with the beauty of the Ammergau Alpine landscape and the Plansee lake surrounded by mountains, before the next highlight comes into view – the imposing fairytale castle of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein Castle at the foot of the mountains overlooking Lake Forggensee. Then fly over the Murnauer Moos and the dark blue Staffelsee and Riegsee to the colorful Osterseen before reaching the Fünfseenland. Pass the popular lake of Starnberg and enjoy the beautiful colors of the water, especially in the area of the Roseninsel.

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What people are saying about Herrenchiemsee Palace

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 74 reviews

great trip thanks also to the excellent guide Michelle who coordinated us well, .. she worked hard not to let us have any problems and explained to us in detail the whole story, life, of Ludovico 2 .. excellent person and great guide ... beautiful impression of professionalism tnx a lot by Luigi Castriota e Giovanna sassi (the Italians).

Our guide Katrin was very knowledgeable and very sensitive to our personal needs. She went out of her way to meet a personal request we had to individualize our tour itinerary. We greatly enjoyed sharing our day with her and felt like we had made a new friend at the day’s conclusion.

Loved this tour of the palace. Our guide Stephanie was fantastic! She arranged all the tickets and transportation and made sure we were where we needed to be at the right times. Much better than trying to figure everything out on our own.

Great trip to the Eagles Nest and Marion , our guide and driver, played a blinder.

Was a great tour. It was really fun :D our guide and our driver were great!