Chiemsee Schifffahrt
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Jackie H
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Boat ride was nice. I wish I could say the same for the boat’s personnel (namely the ticket attendant). His disrespect and lack of professionalism leaves a bad memory of my boat ride. Getting laughs and attention from another’s innocent question leads one to believe that this person should work alone and away from the customers. If all the employees received customer service lessons from the lovely woman selling tickets, then 5 stars would be plentiful. A+++ for the ticket sales woman. Fail for ticket taker. Step up. #noneedtoberude
Written February 16, 2020
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Patricia M
Chester, UK47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Chiemsee is really beautiful and going around on the Lake on the boats is very beautiful.

However for what are essentially tourist attractions I think some lessons in polite customer service are needed for the staff. Just because it’s a monopoly do you have to take your customers for granted ? Luckily they were the only rude people we met in Germany.

And the timetable and signposting - most particularly at Prien/ Stock is non existent. We missed our boat as not clear which pier it left from.
Written May 18, 2022
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ctm7944
Phoenix, AZ18,094 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
My wife & I visited Herrenchiemsee Castle by taking the train from Munich Airport on our way to Berchtesgaden/Salzburg. The train stops in Prien, we put our luggage in a locker across from platform #1.
You can walk from the train station to the Prien-Stock Boat Dock. Or you can take the steam choo-choo train to the boat dock. The choo choo train takes about 8 minutes to travel between the Prien station and the Prien-Stock boat dock.
The choo choo train was fun and relaxing and kids love it.
The boat to Herreninsel (which is the island where Herrenchiemsee Castle is located) takes 20 minutes to/from the Prien-Stock boat dock.
The choo choo train and boat ride combo ticket was 14 Euro for round trip.
So the castle, was an enjoyable 3-4 hour pit stop on our way to Berchtesgaden/Salzburg.
FYI-The journey from the airport, stopping in Prien and on to Berchtesgaden can be covered by using a Bayern (Bavaria) Pass train ticket.
Tip: Research the14-day Mehrtagesticket (40 Euro), which provides entry to over 90 attractions in Bavaria & Salzburg, to include Herrenchiemsee castle & Linderhof castle. It does not include Neushwanstein castle.
Written August 12, 2013
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SaschaRai
Eichstätt, Bayern, Germany1,186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
When you're at the Chiemsee, and your intention is to visit King Ludwig II's Herrenchiemsee castle, there is only one way you're going to get there, and that's by boat. Unless you have your own boat, then you will have to take the ferry from this company.

Luckily they do an excellent job at ferrying people to the two main islands within the lake and to different towns around the lake.
There are several different options of tickets, some are available only during the summer.

I had been at a clinic nearby for physical therapy following an operation, but during that trip I never got a chance to visit the castle. I did know the area a bit though, which made the trip a bit easier for me.

I knew that a good place to drive to with my car was Prien. There's a large parking lot where you can leave your car for a reasonable price right next to the ferry landing.

I arrived fairly early in the day (Oct. 31st 2016), even though my main interest was for the castle, I opted to get the "Island Tour West" ticket, as it included a return trip to both Islands at only €1.10 more than the return ticket to just Herreninsel (Men's island - where the castle is).

Spent most of the day on the islands, visiting the castle and the two museums on the island (one attached to the castle, the other in the building of the Augustinian convent) in the morning, and then going to Fraueninsel (Women's island) where I enjoyed a late lunch, and spent most of the afternoon, until the sun started to set and it was time to take the boat back to Prien.

The boat was easy to use, and there was a written indication of the town where they were headed. The company's website also has an English language option, and on the boats, near the entrance are brochures in various languages.

In the morning there was a long line at the ticket counter, but as I approached it, me and others around me, were told that a boat was going to be leaving in a few minutes and that it was also possible to purchase the ticket onboard. The price buying onboard is exactly the same as at the ticket counter, though onboard it must be paid in cash.

I enjoyed the trips, and even though it was grey and cloudy on the first morning trip (Prien to Herreninsel) it improved over the day and was a nice sunny fall day on my next trip (Herreninsel to Fraueninsel), my final trip started at Fraueninsel during sunset and we arrived back in Prien (after collecting other passengers from Herreninsel) when it was already dark. It was nice sitting on the upper outside deck, approaching Prien with it's lights.

During the summer months they also offer the "Grand Chiemsee Tour" on weekends and holidays, which takes one around the entire lake. These tours can be done as hop-on-hop-off's, though the complete Grand tour only has limited departures.
Another feature the company offers is a steam train which links the Prien railway station to the ferry port, also available only during summer.

The boats are all pretty similar, some might be a bit larger or smaller, but all offer inside and outside areas, and a small onboard counter-service cafe. There is one side paddlewheeler, though I didn't see it in operation on the day I visited.
In case you visit with a pet (dog), the dog must be held on a leash during the trip, and the ticket for the dog costs €3.

If you're visiting King Ludwig's castles, you'll likely take this ferry.
If you're in the area, you should definitely check it out (castle or no castle), for a fun day on the lake.
Written March 1, 2017
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Jaaee Jadhav
Germany5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Solo
you can cover both the islands by Ferre for an ok price.

Herren Inseln: if castles are your thing- you can always go here. A 20 min walk from the point your ship stops, you will come to the grand castle. (i am no more interested in castle tours, so i didn’t do that). But its grand and beautiful, overlooking the lake split on the two sides by a forest. There is also a museum, right at the harbour, which has a restaurant with a Panorama of Frauen Insel. ( i didn’t eat there, so cant rate the restaurant).

Frauen Inseln: Fisherman’s Island. I personally enjoyed this one more. It looks also more beautiful from the waters. Its an island to simply relish. I went there on a sunny day, so i could have a hot soup in the garden of the first restaurant that came my way and walked completely around the island. Behind the houses are motorboats, fishing nets, and wooden stages that go into the lake. There are many benches, where the island faces the Alps. ( this island has a much better bigger view of the Alps as the other). There is a long long stage going into the water near the castle like white building. Its beautiful . try it.

and if you are staying at Prien am Chiemsee: you can walk all the way along the lake up north to Rimsting, with very photographic scenary.

or you can take a train to Achau 15 min away:(totally recommended)
Aschau: if you get a chance to live here not just visit, don’t miss it. It is a very very beautiful town, at the base of the Alps as well as amidst the Alps. With a beautiful church and a Castle on a hill, with mesmerizing views of the valley.. you will find everything here in the valley .. big fat hens, sheeps, goats, the river and the many bridges on it, the many fields, the many houses, the many roads and the castle itself is beautiful with coffee and cake possibilities there in summer. You can take walks, cycle tours, a bus/ cycle ride to Sachrang (10 km away), or you can climb up the mountains nearby.

or you can take a trip to Uebersee and rent a bicycle (also 15 min away) and that has its own share of beauty! (totally recommened too)
Written April 12, 2012
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aatuvainaa
Vienna, Austria73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
One of the more comfortable boat trips I have made.Weather was cold and gray: a rainy day Sunday.The Port of Prien is a walking distance from the railway station.There is even narrow gauge train but only in high season I think.I just walked and bought a ticket for a mini cruise on Chiemsee (8.20).There are three stops on the way and then back to Prien.Distances are not too great : 10 to 15 minutes a piece.The ships sail once every hour so there is time to do sight seeing. I stopped first on Herrenchiemsee .There is a museum and a art gallery.The best part of two hours I spent in the museum /gallery: there is something about the first constitution for West Germany after the Second World War which was made in Herrenchiemsee.Artist have liked Chiemsee so there is an exhibition of pictures of Chiemsee.
Next stop Frauenchiemsee.It is a smaller and there a many inns and even a brewery restaurant.Also Klosterladen (Monastery shop) where they have things pertaining to the Catholic faith but also wine ,tea ( tea is good) and gingerbread made by the nuns.Sun was shining by this time I took a walk around the island and left for Prien as it was getting dark.The ships have a human scale :a capacity of may be couple hundred people.
Written December 6, 2014
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Fritz M
Bressanone, Italy148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
No credit or bank card payments are accepted. Hence have cash on hand. Friendly crew, clean boats that at a leisurely pace take you around the lake.
As punctual as a public boat service can be!
Written March 23, 2015
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apollo12
Macclesfield, UK691 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
Althoughit was a cold windy day in May the ferry to Herreninsel was very busy and it was standing room only inside the boat on it's 15 minute journety to the Island.
The journey was very smooth & put even the most nervous traveller at ease.
You buy your tickets before you board the ferry at Prien and they collect your tickets when you disembark on your return trip.
There is plenty of parking and can go up to €4 for a car all day.
Cost was about €7.50 per person for a return to Herreninsel but prices increase if you want to visit Fraueninsel as well.
Written May 20, 2012
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AtlantaLuvTaTravel
Decatur, GA124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Munich, if you've been once or twice then Prien am Chiemsee is a great 1 day trip if you're looking for things to do outside of Munich. The train ride itself is fun and the boat trip over can be confusing as there are a couple of islands and you can go to the largest one that has most everything.
Funny story: don't ask for
Written September 7, 2017
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Andy V
Leiden, The Netherlands47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
You can catch the ferries from various points around the lake. For us arriving at Prien, we left the car in a car park which is 4,50 euros maximum (it only takes 50 cents, 1 euro and 2 euro coins I think). There is a short walk to the ferries (crazy golf and a steam railway among other things available in the way). Tickets have to be bought in cash but there is a cash machine next to the kiosk.
You can choose different types of tickets - either the Tour West which we took or one that goes around all the stops (you'd need all day for that probably). Adult tickets for us were 8,70 euros and child ticket about 4,30 euros. Well worth it!
Lovely weather, calm water. Seating inside and outside. Toilets available and also drinks and snacks can be purchased (can't comment on prices as we didn't buy anything). Both Herreninsel and Fraueninsel well worth going to. But give yourself plenty of time. On Herreninsel, the monastery and the palace are both worth visiting - a joint ticket is 10 euros per adult (under 18s free). English tours of the palace (Versailles) are available some of the day - we got one at 4.15pm. You can only go in the palace with a tour (no photos can be taken). If you don't want to go into the palace, it is still worth the walk (10 to 15 mins) to see outside and the gardens!
Then onto Fraueninsel - by paddle steamer this time - great to go on. The island is much smaller than Herreninsel but there are some good places to have something to eat/drink or go for a swim instead?? The nunnery has a shop but we were there too late to visit it(apparently they make rather tasty gingerbread!)
Caught the 18.30 ferry back to Prien - this is the only thing I'd give as a warning: watch the times for the end of the day or else you might just be having a night time adventure on one of the islands : )
Written July 26, 2015
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