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Schloss Herrenchiemsee

An island just 1.5km across the Chiemsee from Prien, Herreninsel is home to Ludwig II’s Versailles-inspired castle. Begun in 1878, it was never intended as a residence, but as a homage to absolutist monarchy, as...

Island in Chiemsee


A third of this tiny island is occupied by Frauenwörth Abbey, founded in the late 8th century, making it one of the oldest abbeys in Bavaria. The 10th-century church, whose free-standing campanile sports a...

Bavarian in Chiemsee

Alter Wirt

This massive half-timbered inn with seven centuries of history, situated on Bernau's main street, plates up south German meat slabs and international standards to a mix of locals and tourists. For dessert why not...

Bavarian in Chiemsee

Westernacher am See

This busy lakeside dining haven has multiple personalities, with a cosy restaurant, cocktail bar, cafe, beer garden and glassed-in winter terrace. The long menu is an eclectic affair combining pizzas, Bavarian...

Abbey in Chiemsee

Frauenwörth Abbey

Founded in the late 8th century, this is one of the oldest abbeys in Bavaria. The 45-minute tours are in German only.

Museum in Chiemsee


The austerely romanesque Carolingian Torhalle built in AD 860 houses medieval objets d'art, sculpture and changing exhibitions of regional paintings from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

Bavarian in Chiemsee

Sallers Badehaus

Near the Chiemsee Tourist Office and the lake shore, this fancy restaurant, contemporary beer hall and garden has quirky decor and gourmet-style fare priced for all wallet capacities.