Herreninsel island

Far away from everyday life

The holiday feeling begins as soon as you set off with the Chiemsee boat trip, Herreninsel course. The steamers run all year round from Prien and Gstadt, in the summer months also from Übersee, Bernau, Seebruck and Chieming. During the trip across the often deep blue "Bavarian Sea" the view of the Chiemgau Alps in the south is a constant companion.

The Bavarian Fairy Tale King

From the pier, you can walk or (in summer) take a horse-drawn carriage to the beautifully situated Herrenchiemsee Palace. Built by the Bavarian fairytale king Ludwig II towards the end of the 19th century and never completed, Herrenchiemsee has been a magnet for visitors for over 100 years. During construction, King Ludwig II was inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France. The half-hour tours through the magnificent palace, which is open all year round, take you into the world of the last Bavarian king, his worship of the French Sun King and his early death. Exhibits from the christening gown to the death mask of the "Fairy Tale King" are in the adjacent King Ludwig Museum.

A round trip for all the senses

In the Old Castle, the former Herrenchiemsee monastery from the Baroque period, there is a picture gallery by the artist Julius Exter and other Chiemsee painters, as well as the Constitutional Museum and magnificent rooms from the monastic period. Also worth seeing are the trick fountains, the baroque castle park and the picturesque viewpoints of Ottos and Pauls Ruh, which can be explored on a walk around the island. It's ten kilometers around the island, the paths are signposted.

There are places to stop for refreshments directly at the castle (castle café) or on the steamer jetty (castle restaurant).

opening hours

The sights (New Castle and King Ludwig Museum and Old Castle with picture gallery) on Herreninsel are open daily (except: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31).

The water features are in operation from the beginning of May to October 3rd.

The state rooms of the New Palace can only be visited as part of a guided tour.

April to October: ongoing; last guided tour around 5 p.m

November to March (outside holiday periods): hourly; last guided tour around 4 p.m

For detailed season times please follow the link to the homepage given below.


Total map island | New Castle (incl. guided tour) + King Ludwig II Museum + Museum and galleries in the Augustinian Monastery - without boat trip!

9 euros regular

€8 reduced

Children and young people up to the age of 18 receive free admission.


After Herreninsel, continue to the much smaller, picturesque Fraueninsel with the venerable monastery. Sufficient time should be planned for both islands.

Contact details

Chiemsee Schifffahrt
83209 Prien am Chiemsee
+49 8051 68870
08051 62943