Schloss Herrenchiemsee

Schloss Herrenchiemsee is a palace build by king Ludwig II of Bavaria located on the island Chiemsee 60 km from Munich in Bavaria.

You can take a train and boat trip to this lovely place from Munich.

Ludwig bought the Island in in 1873 and planned to build a beautiful castle that should look like the Palace of Versailles.

Ludwig visited the Versailles palace once and was a great admirer of Louis XIV, the Sun King. One of the features of this palace is a copy of the famous painting of the Sun King.

He started the build in 1878 again with the architect Georg Dollmann, who also worked on Scholss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Linderhof.

At the highlight of the construction phase there would be more than 4000 people working on the palace. After seven years in 1885 the construction works stopped because the King run out of money.

After the king’s dead in 1886 the construction stopped altogether. The Schloss was never finished, what you can visit today is a just a fraction of the original plans that Ludwig had. Only 20 of the 70 rooms are finished. It is still worth a visit however.

Painting of the Sun King in Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Great hall of mirrors, Schloss Herrenchiemsee

Schloss Herrenchiemsee should surpass the palace of Versailles and a lot of rooms are copies of the rooms in Versailles.

There is a great hall of mirrors like the one in Versailles. The ceiling of the Hall of Mirrors in Herrenchiemsee show paintings of Louis XIV. 

In the center of the palace is the state bedchamber, just like the one the Sun king used to sleep in and meet his courtiers every morning and every evening. 

State bedchamber, Schloss Herrenchiemsee

Ludwig II did not use this bedroom, he used a 'smaller' room where the blue ball on the end of his bed would lit his room.

In fact, Ludwig only spend 10 days in the palace in September 1885. After his dead in 1886 it was never inhabited again.

Bedchamber of king Ludwig II, Schloss Herrenchiemsee

As in Schloss Linderhof, he had a dining room with a elevator table. This made it posible for him to dine alone, even without having to see the servants. He also the largest chandelier of Meissen Porcelain in the world. 

Another novelty can be found at the state staircase where the roof is made of glass, which was a technical hightlight at the time and very difficult to construct.

Fountains, Schloss Herrenchiemsee

The palace is not an exact replica of the Versailles palace; at the latest palace there was no single toilet to be found and no other sanitation whatsoever. Schloss Herrenchiemsee had a central heating system and a heated bathtub.

On the ground floor of the palace you will find the King Ludwig II Museum, were you can learn more about the live of this eccentric and lonely king. You can also see the original construction plans of all of Ludwig’s palaces. 

The palace gardens with it’s fountains and layout inspired by the Versailles gardens are also a highlight of your visit to Herrenchiemsee.

Schloss Herrenchiemsee official website

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