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  • New Palace of Herrenchiemsee and King Ludwig II Museum
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    New Palace of Herrenchiemsee and King Ludwig II Museum

    For King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the French Sun King Louis XIV was the embodiment of absolute monarchy. In the New Palace of Herrenchiemsee, designed by Georg Dollmann and Julius Hofmann, he fulfilled his long-cherished dream of building a New Versailles as a symbol of absolutism and an independent creation in the Historicist style. The palace park designed by Carl von Effner also features motifs from Versailles.

    In the King Ludwig II-Museum, the story of Ludwig II's life and early death is documented with paintings, busts and historic photographs, as well as memorabilia such as his christening gown and coronation robe.

    New Palace Hours: October 4 - October 31: 9:40 am - 5 pm. November-March: 9:40 am - 4 pm. Open daily.

    King Ludwig II-Museum Hours: April 1 - October 3: 9 am-6 pm. October 4 - October 31: 10 am-5:45 pm. November - March: 10 am-4:45 pm. Open daily.

  • Herrenchiemsee Abbey (Old Palace)

    Herrenchiemsee Abbey (Old Palace)

    Herrenchiemsee Benedictine Abbey was established about 765 at the northern peak of the Herreninsel by Duke Tassilo III of Bavaria. In the course of the German Mediatisation in 1803 Herrenchiemsee Abbey was secularised and the Chiemsee bishopric finally dissolved in 1808. The island then was 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 while surveying the construction of the New Herrenchiemsee Palace.

    The four wings of the monastery enclose a large, almost rectangular courtyard with an idyllic rose garden. The convent tract (east wing) with halls and monks' cells was built in 1645-49, the brewery tract (west wing) in 1661-65. In the princes' tract (south wing), which dates from 1700-16, were the monastery kitchen, state halls and accommodation for noble guests. The courtyard was closed off with the prelacy tract (north wing), built in 1727-30. In 1998 a Bavarian history museum was opened in the convent tract and princes' tract. The prelacy tract (north wing) houses the Julius Exter Art Gallery with around 100 works of the artist. The Platanensaal (Hall of Planes) with its view of the Fraueninsel was created in 1893.

    Hours: April – mid-October: 9 am – 6 pm. Mid-October – 31 March: 10 am - 4:45 pm.



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Herrenchiemsee is a complex of royal buildings on the Herreninsel, an island in the middle of the Chiemsee (Chiemsee vacation rentals | Chiemsee travel guide), 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.

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Herrenchiemsee Palace, The New Palace was designed by Christian Jank, Franz Seitz, and Georg Dollman and built between 1878 and 1885

Ludwig II acquired the Augustinian monastery in 1873 and had the rooms converted for his own private use. This later became known as the Old Palace. In 1948, the Constitutional Convention of West Germany met here to prepare the work for the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The formal gardens are filled with fountains and statues in both the classical style typical of Versailles and in the fantastic style typical of romanticism that was favored by King Ludwig. Cool maidens which look as if they have stepped out of a museum of classical antiquity are never too far from dragons, winged warriors, giant lizards and other extravagant beings which look as if they have come from one of Richard Wagner's romantic operas.

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Relatively new and rejuvenated due to the construction of the new palace in the late 1800s

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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. 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.

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