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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Rory Alsop (6 months ago)
Seeing mad King Ludwig II's final palace was awesome. Seeing the opulence in the early rooms, followed by bare rooms as he ran out of money was a contrast. And the paddle steamer out to the island was lovely.
Михаил Комраков (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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!
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