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The Chiemsee and the “Bavarian Versailles”

Herrenchiemsee castle - Picture: Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH

The biggest lake in Bavaria and the third biggest lake in Germany is often called “The Bavarian Sea”. With the idyllic landscape of the Chiemgau area, the unique mountain panorama and the ideal position between Munich and Salzburg, the Chiem Lake (Chiemsee) surroundings are a very popular recreational area. Especially sailors and bikers appreciate its shore length of almost 64 kilometres.

The “Bavarian Sea” is also a popular tourist destination with the famous islands Frauenchiemsee and Herrenchiemsee. The convent Frauenwörth on the Fraueninsel Island (literally "Ladies’ Island") was founded in 782 by Tassilo III, duke of Bavaria, and was rebuilt in 1836 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in order to give it to the Benedictines. Until 1995, the convent served as a girls’ boarding-school.

Even more popular, however, is the Herrenchiemsee Island (literally "Gents’ Island") with the identically named castle, Herrenchiemsee. The castle, which was built in 1878 as a replica of castle Versailles, was intended to serve as a temple of fame for Sun King Ludwig XIV of France, whom so-called Moon King Ludwig II of Bavaria admired endlessly. As most of his castles, Herrenchiemsee wasn’t completed before his death. To this day, it remains partly uncompleted. However, some people claim that it surpasses its role model regarding its architecture – the mirror gallery, for example, is bigger than its French counterpart… Since the end of the 1980s, the castle is home to a King-Ludwig-II-Museum, dedicated to the life and buildings of the King.

Source & more : www.chiemsee-alpenland.de