Chiemsee

Chiemsee Schifffahrt, Foto: Shutterstock
Foto: Shutterstock

This lake has three islands: Herreninsel, Fraueninsel, and Krautinsel, on all of which cars are forbidden.

The largest lake in Bavaria, otherwise know as "Das Bayerische Meer" or "The Bavarian Sea", covers an area of 80 squared km and has a maximum depth of 74 m.

Schloss Herrenchiemsee, a palace built by king Ludwig II to surpass Versailles, is located on Herrenchiemsee. After a scenic walk or carriage ride through the park one reaches the impressive palace and can join a guided tour to explore the glory of royal architecture and discover what happens if a king runs out of money half-way through. There's a charming little Romanesque church affiliated to a small convent on Fraueninsel, and some of the best Bavarian restaurants can be found there. A guided ship tour is also an option for visitors.

Chiemsee can be reached by car with the A8 Munich-Salzburg and by taking the Deutsche Bahn to Prien.

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