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"Hello, we would like to see Herrenchiesee and Frauenchimsee on the same day. Is this possible. Are there ferries between the islands or do we need to go back to the mainland? We will be there in the end of September. Do you also know how often the ferries operate?" (posted 09/04/2016)

Yes, that's quite possible. The ferries run several times a day.
Answer provided by Moritz Lange on 09/05/2016
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Hello, you can see both islands in one day. You can drive from Prien or Gstadt every 30 minutes to the islands. If you set off in Prien, come first on Herrenchiemsee there must be booked at ticket home just a few meters after the pier, your castle tour. Also available in English, you get an appointment when your tour starts. The Fusswegzum Castle takes about 25 minutes, but you can also take the Pferdedroschke about 10 minutes. In ancient canons is the Picture Gallery is in the ticket price. After spending time on Herrenchiemsee taking the next boat the Frauenchiemsee anfährt. Frauenchiemsee can circumnavigate in about 30 minutes is not very large. Be sure to look the old Münster, possibly a souvenir from the monastery shop homemade marzipan on the recipe of Klosterschwesten tastes very good. For the fishermen, there is even smoked Chiemsee fish, also for the same food, is a must. Interressant even the old island potteries Very beautiful things are also quite expensive. Of course there are a few restaurants and a small island brewery. If you've seen everything you can take the next boat back to Prien. The same goes also of Gstadt but may be that you only anfährt Frauenchiemsee. So the same thing in reverse. If you want to see everything in detail, castle, Galierie, Frauenchiemsee it is advisable to start early and plan all day. Important necessarily inform when the last ship sails. I think about 19 o'clock? If you miss this, you only have to come back by water taxi and that is very expensive, I hope I could help you. Kind regards from the Chiemsee Margaret Lutz
Answer provided by Margarethe Lutz on 09/05/2016
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"We would like to visit the Chiemsee from Bad Aibling this Tuesday. Are there any day tours?" (posted 05/10/2014)

Unfortunately, I am not aware of any organized day trips from Bad Aibling, but you can easily cover the 30 km by car and go to the islands from Prien.
Answer provided by Moritz Lange on 05/10/2014
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"Hello, are there any barbecue facilities at Chiemsee?" (posted 06/19/2014)

Unfortunately, there are no designated places because of the high risk of forest fires.
Answer provided by Moritz Lange on 06/19/2014
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There are several campsites and restaurants offering grilling evenings. However, the grilling is done by the host. If you want to grill yourself, this is somewhat difficult. You could try it at Uebersee, since there is a long, wide beach here, but I'm not sure if that's allowed there. Open fires are actually prohibited. The campsite Schramml in Prien also offers all sorts of things. I'm really sorry that I could not better help you. With kind regards from the Chiemsee, Margaret Lutz
Answer provided by Margarethe Lutz on 06/20/2014
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  • Frauenchiemsee
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    Frauenchiemsee

    The island Frauenchiemsee (often called Fraueninsel) is the second largest of the three islands in Chiemsee, Germany. It belongs to the municipality of Chiemsee in Upper Bavarian district of Rosenheim, which is the smallest municipality in all of Bavaria. The 15.5-hectare (38-acre) large and car free Fraueninsel houses 300 permanent residents as well as an active Benedictine convent. Frauenchiemsee along with its sister island Herreninsel is one of the main tourist attractions on the Chiemsee, and is famous for the Kloster Liquor spirit, which is produced by the nuns. The school on the island was named Irmengard Gymnasium.

    The monastery was founded in 782 by Tassilo III, Duke of Bavaria, the last of the Agilolfing dukes of Bavaria. After the destruction of the Hungarian incursions, the monastery's heyday was between the 11th and 15th centuries. The monastery buildings were rebuilt between 1728 and 1732. In the course of the German Mediatisation the monastery was secularised between 1803 and 1835. King Ludwig I of Bavaria rebuilt the Benedictine monastery in 1836 under the new requirement that they should pay for the education of "fallen women"; a reform school existed on the site until 1995. As of 2007 the monastery has 30 sisters, the abbess is Johanna Mayer.

    The island is accessible by ship year round, usually from Gstadt, Prien, and Seebruck. There are also several boats that can take passengers from Frauenchiemsee to Herreninsel and back. A cenotaph to Alfred Jodl, army general and executed war criminal, is located on the island.

  • Herrenchiemsee
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    Herrenchiemsee

    Herrenchiemsee is a complex of royal buildings on the Herreninsel, an island in the Chiemsee, Bavaria's largest lake, 60 km south east of Munich. Together with the neighbouring island of Frauenchiemsee and the uninhabited Krautinsel it forms the municipality of Chiemsee. The Augustine Monastery Herrenchiemsee, later converted into the Old Palace (Altes Schloss), and Herrenchiemsee Palace, also known as the New Palace (Neues Schloss), are the most famous of these buildings and the largest of King Ludwig II of Bavaria's palaces.

    Gardens

    The formal gardens are filled with fountains, a copy of the Versailles Bassin de Latone and statues in both the classical style typical of Versailles and in the fantastic style typical of romanticism that was favored by King Ludwig. Statues reminiscent of classical antiquity are found throughout the gardens, overwrought in the grand style of Richard Wagner's romantic operas.



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(Rosenheim vacation rentals | Rosenheim travel guide) in Bavaria in Germany, named after the lake Chiemsee. The municipal consists of the two islands Herrenchiemsee (Herrenchiemsee vacation rentals | Herrenchiemsee travel guide) and Frauenchiemsee (Frauenchiemsee vacation rentals | Frauenchiemsee travel guide). Most of the inhabitants live on the island Frauenchiemsee.

Herrenchiemsee is a complex of royal buildings on the Herreninsel, an island in the middle of the Chiemsee, Bavaria's largest lake, 60 km south east of Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide). The Augustine Monastery Herrenchiemsee, later converted into the Old Palace (Altes Schloss) and Herrenchiemsee Palace, also known as the New Palace (Neues Schloss) are the most famous of these buildings and are the biggest of Ludwig II of Bavaria's palaces.

The island Frauenchiemsee (often called Fraueninsel) is the second largest of the three islands in Chiemsee, Germany. It belongs to the municipality of Chiemsee in Upper Bavarian district of Rosenheim, which is the smallest municipality in all of Bavaria. The 15.5 ha large and car free Fraueninsel houses 300 permanent residents as well as an active Benedictine convent, which was founded in 782. Frauenchiemsee along with its sister island Herreninsel is one of the main tourist attractions on the Chiemsee, and is famous for the Kloster Liquor spirit, which is produced by the nuns.

The island is accessible by ship year round, usually from Gstadt, Prien, and Seebruck (Seebruck vacation rentals | Seebruck travel guide). There are also several boats that can take passengers from Frauenchiemsee to Herreninsel and back.

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Chiemsee is a freshwater lake in Bavaria, Germany, between Rosenheim (Rosenheim vacation rentals | Rosenheim travel guide), Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. It is often called the Bavarian Sea. The rivers Tiroler Achen and Prien flow into the lake; the river Alz, out of it. The Chiemsee is divided into the bigger, north section, in the northeast, called Weitsee, and the Inselsee, in the southwest.

The region around the Chiemsee is Chiemgau and is a famous recreation area.

Two of the main islands on the lake are Herrenchiemsee (Herrenchiemsee vacation rentals | Herrenchiemsee travel guide) (biggest island) and Frauenchiemsee (Frauenchiemsee vacation rentals | Frauenchiemsee travel guide), also called Herreninsel (gentleman's island) and Fraueninsel (lady's island), respectively. The third main island, Krautinsel (weed island), is smaller than Frauenchiemsee and is uninhabited.

  • Herrenchiemsee has a palace built by King Ludwig II in 1878, also called Herrenchiemsee, which was never completed but was meant to be a replica of the Palace of Versailles, in France. Many of the rooms of the castle are open to tourists; tours of the castle and its extensive grounds on the island are conducted throughout the summer.
  • Frauenchiemsee is the smaller of the two major islands on the Chiemsee, and houses a Benedictine nunnery, built in 782, as well as a small village. The nuns make a liquor called Klosterlikör (cloister liquor) and a very good marzipan (almond paste).

There are also three very small islands: the Schalch, to the west of Frauenchiemsee; and two unnamed islands, 54 and 80 meters south of the Krautinsel, with an area of 30 m² each.

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More about the History of Chiemsee

From the New Stone Age to the Bronze and Iron Ages humans have left their traces in the Chiemgau. After that this region was settled by the Celts and later by the Romans. The Romans settled mainly near the river Alz and made a crossing for their Roman road which goes from Salzburg to Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide) at Seebruck (Seebruck vacation rentals | Seebruck travel guide) (Bedaium). At that time the Chiemgau was on the outskirts of the Roman province of 'Norcium'. The Chiemgau was for a long time closely connected with the Bavarian dukes and also the princebishops of Salzburg.

After the secularisation of 1803 the whole Chiemgau district became part of Bavaria.

The Chiemgau is a source of wood, iron and salt. The production of salt, which existed from 1619 till 1912, had a big cultural and economical influence on the Chiemgau.

The Chiemgau has traditionally been horse breeding country, especially workhorses.

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Chiemsee is a municipality in the district of Rosenheim in Bavaria in Germany, named after the lake Chiemsee. The municipal consists of the two islands Herrenchiemsee and Frauenchiemsee. Most of the inhabitants live on the island Frauenchiemsee. The region around the Chiemsee is Chiemgau and is a famous recreation area.

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