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.
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