Herrenchiemsee Abbey

Chiemsee, Germany

According to tradition, the Benedictine abbey of Herrenchiemsee was established about 765 by Duke Tassilo III of Bavaria at the northern tip of the Herreninsel. New findings however indicate an even earlier foundation around 620-629 by the missionary Saint Eustace of Luxeuil.

In 969 Emperor Otto I consigned the abbey to the Archbishops of Salzburg, who in about 1130 re-established Herrenchiemsee as a monastery of Canons Regular living under the Augustinian rule. In 1215, with the approval of Pope Innocent III, Prince-Bishop Eberhard von Regensburg made the monastery church the cathedral of a diocese in its own right, the Bishopric of Chiemsee, including several parishes on the mainland and in Tyrol.

In the course of the German Mediatisation, Herrenchiemsee Abbey was secularised in 1803 and the Chiemsee bishopric finally dissolved in 1808. The island was then sold; various owners demolished the cathedral and turned the abbey into a brewery. Plans for the complete deforestation of the island were blocked by King Ludwig II, who acquired Herrenchiemsee in 1873. He had the leftover buildings converted for his private use, the complex that later became known as the 'Old Palace', where he stayed surveying the construction of the New Herrenchiemsee Palace.



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Founded: 7th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Part of The Frankish Empire (Germany)


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Михаил Комраков (8 months ago)
Very interesting place - palace on the island in the middle of the lake. Built by the king Ludowik 2 as his third castle it still remains one 1/3 finished. The English speaking guide we had was absolutely amicable and told us mane interesting things. Unfortunately, it was not allowed to take photos inside but I'd advise you to visit this place.
N Heymann (9 months ago)
Lots to see and beautiful building. Have English tours. You will need a full day if you want to see everything and the fantastic gardens. They have a restaurant. Food was ok but the service was not friendly. This spoilt the atmosphere.
Stephen (10 months ago)
An amazing story of Ludwig II's extravagance. Truly impressive building and grounds, and the 40 minute guided tour was informative but not too long. Entry to the building including tour in August 22 was €10 which I thought good value.
Pale Chick (10 months ago)
Beautiful scenery to match the weather. Boat from Prien takes about 15 mins to get to Herreninsel. Be warned, you need to wear a mask on the boat (Aug '22) unless you're sitting outside. You can walk up to the Palace or there are horse drawn carts, for a small fee. The guide tours are informative, if you like gold you'll love the decoration!! Recommend also seeing Neuschwanstein & Linderhof if you're in the area. Options for food, plenty of loos, souvenir shops and a post box!
Tricks By STG (10 months ago)
Visit here around end of july 2022. Beautiful palace and gardens, 25 min walk or 15 min horse drawn carriage ride from boat. Museum for Ludwig II inside the palace. Also a nice restaurant. I love the castle and it’s worth visiting. Even just walking around outside in the park is amazing. The walk from the ferry dock was not strenuous but on a warm day could leave one sweating. There is an ice cream stand near the end of the trail for those needing a cool indulgence. The palace is rich with history, you will enjoy it with a guided tour. The cafe offers varieties of drinks with limited food selection. The fountains in front of the palace and sculptures in and around the palace are impressive and you can stand and admire for longer time.
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