Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Schloss Herrenchiemsee
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • uindyhd
    Indianapolis, Indiana87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible views, must see
    Nice Tour in English - through largly unfinished castle, but the rooms that are finished are incredible. Large grounds / to walk around after / before tour. Cafe at / in castle or restaurant closer to docks (busier, but better menu)
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Ivan Joe S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Herrenchiemsee
    Great steam engine train ride down to the harbour. Then a 15 minute boat ride across to Herreninsel. And finally a visit to Schloss Herrenchiemsee. We took a guided tour, very interesting
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • earthwanderers
    83 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but poor guided tour
    We had an English tour guide who had a pronunciation that you could hardly understand. She had learned her text by heart but we were glad with the translation we got on paper since you had to focus so hard on her ununderstandable pronunciation. Quite unfriendly and seemed she didn't like her job. We were pushed through the rooms like a flock of sheep by a second employee, hardly time to see the beautiful rooms. The castle and its fountains is very beautiful. Sad that their was too little time to enjoy and a pity the guides lack of English.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Victoria
    189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning palace - rival of Versailles
    Herrenschiemsee Palace is another of Mad Kind Ludwig's stunning creations. Meant to rival Versailles, it was never finished and only about 1/3 of the planned palace was actually built. Even if you've visited Neuschwanstein and Linderhof - Ludwig's other, more famous creations - you shouldn't skip this one. Every room is incredibly stunning, with the highlight being the magnificent, dramatic hall of mirrors. You can only visit the inside of the palace with a guided tour from an officially licensed guide. Tours are timed and in German and English, with printed information in a variety of other languages. Not sure how easy it is to purchase tickets onsite, as we went with a guided tour that made all the arrangements. The palace also has a small museum about the life of Kind Ludwig, which you should not miss. It only provides a good overview of his life, but also introduces many of his never-realized creations. A great way to introduce you to the mind of this visionary and tragic figure.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Karen K
    Ansbach, Germany18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Palace
    Lovely boat ride (approximately 20 minutes) to the palace. You must purchase a guided tour (only language offered was in German) and photography is prohibited. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed, but the cafe was lovely. The palace was modelled after Versailles and was absolutely stunning. A visual masterpiece.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 14, 2024
  • Asta365
    Kent, Texas572 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Delayed Visit to Herrenchiemsee was Great
    With a day to myself, I went to Herrenchiemsee Palace and had a great time. The trip out to the island was by ferry for a round trip price of a little over €10, with a ticked to the palace and museums on the island for €11? With a sunny day and almost no people visiting, I had the paths circling the island almost to myself with views of the lake and mountains. This aspect of the visit had not been touted, but it is well worth doing if you visit. Always trumpeted as “unfinished,” I had never visited the palace though I’ve been in the vicinity on and off for years. That was a mistake. The palace only has about dozen finished spaces but they are in immaculate condition. Having visited Versailles, the inspiration for Ludwig’s palace, I thought the finished rooms compared very favorably. This was especially true for the mirrored hall and the major rooms. Given the limited tours of Versailles that I’ve been on, the “unfinished” aspects of this palace became irrelevant. Our guide (Carmina, ?) was superior with both excellent knowledge of the building, a good delivery style, and a sly sense of humor. Some unfinished spaces were turned into a musuem examining Ludwig II’s life. Completed 10 years ago, it is small but has some excellent decorative arts pieces and other ephemera of his life. A fan of the Texas sculptress, Elizabeth Ney, I really enjoyed seeing her statute of Ludwig II in the museum.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 9, 2024
  • JohnUK
    London, United Kingdom1,097 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful visit
    We travelled by public transport from Munich to Prien. When the steam train doesn’t run from the town station there is a bus from the station to the lake which is to be recommended. If you have a Bavaria Ticket the bus is included. The boat trip was very pleasant and the boat can carry hundreds of passengers. We had booked an English tour online and there were only 8 people on it. Our guide was excellent and easy to understand. The interiors are marvellous as is the museum downstairs which is included in the ticket. I can imagine it gets busy in the summer so would suggest an out of season. The building is wonderful but I found it a very sad palace. King Ludwigshafen only spent ten days there.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2024
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Lovetravelling939
London, UK18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A beautiful mini Versailles which involves a ferry trip to view, so an exciting prospect for a day trip from Munich. The visit was ruined by the rudeness of the staff however. We took the horse drawn carriage to get to the castle, which is fun but very slow. So slow that we were 1 minute past our ticket time for entrance to the castle which initially refused us entrance. The staff seemed really uncaring that we’d travelled a long way to see the building but eventually we were allowed in on a German speaking tour with an English information sheet. The inability to ‘think outside the box’ or to compromise by the staff was a true eye opener. After all that the visit to this amazing building was rather spoilt.
Written June 14, 2022
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FlowerLover77
Houston, TX365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This was a really fun castle to visit but required some planning to get to the castle. You need to park, walk about 5 minutes to the ferry terminal, and then take a ferry to the island. The schedule for the ferry is set so you need to be aware of it. Once you land on the island, you walk about 10 -15 minutes through a forest to the castle. The castle is beautiful inside. Ludwig’s Museum is also adjoined to the castle and is worth seeing so that you can view some additional furniture and furnishings from his palaces.
Written July 24, 2022
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Victoria
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Herrenschiemsee Palace is another of Mad Kind Ludwig's stunning creations. Meant to rival Versailles, it was never finished and only about 1/3 of the planned palace was actually built.

Even if you've visited Neuschwanstein and Linderhof - Ludwig's other, more famous creations - you shouldn't skip this one. Every room is incredibly stunning, with the highlight being the magnificent, dramatic hall of mirrors.

You can only visit the inside of the palace with a guided tour from an officially licensed guide. Tours are timed and in German and English, with printed information in a variety of other languages. Not sure how easy it is to purchase tickets onsite, as we went with a guided tour that made all the arrangements.

The palace also has a small museum about the life of Kind Ludwig, which you should not miss. It only provides a good overview of his life, but also introduces many of his never-realized creations. A great way to introduce you to the mind of this visionary and tragic figure.
Written August 27, 2023
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JohnUK
London, UK1,097 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We travelled by public transport from Munich to Prien. When the steam train doesn’t run from the town station there is a bus from the station to the lake which is to be recommended. If you have a Bavaria Ticket the bus is included.

The boat trip was very pleasant and the boat can carry hundreds of passengers.

We had booked an English tour online and there were only 8 people on it. Our guide was excellent and easy to understand.

The interiors are marvellous as is the museum downstairs which is included in the ticket.

I can imagine it gets busy in the summer so would suggest an out of season.

The building is wonderful but I found it a very sad palace. King Ludwigshafen only spent ten days there.
Written April 1, 2024
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Karen K
Ansbach, Germany18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Lovely boat ride (approximately 20 minutes) to the palace. You must purchase a guided tour (only language offered was in German) and photography is prohibited. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed, but the cafe was lovely.
The palace was modelled after Versailles and was absolutely stunning. A visual masterpiece.
Written February 14, 2024
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Aqua_Uomo
Toronto, Canada8,064 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
If you don't read about this palace, you will never know about it and you will never find by chance. I had it on my list of 12 castles in two weeks through Bavaria and Tirol, I knew it and still had hard time getting to it. Any GPS will show it in the middle of the lake. You need to take the ferry, then keep walking away from it another 30 minutes and then ...boom it will show up in full splendor in your eyes from far away. It is magnific. Lucky, we got a beautiful day in September and the fountains were all working! gardens are so beautiful. this trip will take at least half of a day but it is all worth it! Go see it for yourself.
Tip: If you don't want or can't walk you can take a carriage, 3 Euros one way. There is also a short cut, don't take the main road, just follow the carriage way, much shorter.
I am attaching some pictures, if you want to see the drone video let me know.
Written November 14, 2022
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Chris L
Albuquerque, NM1,524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We had no idea this place existed. Being consumed with King Louis XIV, King Ludwig just had to have a place like Versailles and so he had this baby built. Never completed, he seldom stayed in the actual palace.
Our tour guide was informative and shared some keen insights about the King and the design of the place. Highly recommend for those who love history and drama! Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside.
Written June 28, 2022
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earthwanderers
83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We had an English tour guide who had a pronunciation that you could hardly understand. She had learned her text by heart but we were glad with the translation we got on paper since you had to focus so hard on her ununderstandable pronunciation. Quite unfriendly and seemed she didn't like her job.
We were pushed through the rooms like a flock of sheep by a second employee, hardly time to see the beautiful rooms.
The castle and its fountains is very beautiful. Sad that their was too little time to enjoy and a pity the guides lack of English.
Written July 22, 2023
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uindyhd
Indianapolis, IN87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Nice Tour in English - through largly unfinished castle, but the rooms that are finished are incredible. Large grounds / to walk around after / before tour. Cafe at / in castle or restaurant closer to docks (busier, but better menu)
Written June 19, 2023
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Thomas A
Munich, Germany65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We've wanted to visit this schloss for many years, having completed the others. We were not disappointed. The gardens and surrounding park on the island are fabulous. The fountains are spectacular! You go on a tour of the inside, and although perhaps a little too fast for us, the rooms are spectacular and very well preserved. There is also a very nice restaurant where we had lunch overlooking the fountain terrace. A very beautiful location with views of the Bavarian Alps.
Written August 12, 2020
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