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Tourismusverband Chiemgau e.V.
Ludwig-Thoma-Strasse 2
83278 Traunstein


Chiemsee Tourismus e.V. & Co. KG

Felden 10
83233 Bernau am Chiemsee

Chiemgau and Lake Chiemsee
A paradise shaped by the ice age

Lake Chiemsee with Fraueninsel island

Bavaria's biggest lake, Lake Chiemsee, is also known as the "Bavarian Sea", although it is actually the remains of a glacier. It is 18 kilometres long, 14 kilometres wide and covers an area of 85 square kilometres. The Tyrolean river Ache and the Prien feed Lake Chiemsee, and the Alz drains it, running from near Seebruck, where the Roman fort of Bedaium once stood. To the south, the Lake is flanked by the Kampenwand, Hochgern and Hochfelln mountains with their distinctive profiles. The Herreninsel, Fraueninsel and Krautinsel islands lie close together in the calm waters.

This composition, with its colours and lighting, almost looks too perfect. It certainly inspired painters and poets, royalty and religious men and women. The Benedictine community were the first to succumb to the area's charms, deciding in the 9th century that they would stay. And who could blame them?

The inner courtyard of Herrenchiemsee Palace with the statue of a sitting woman by the fountain

Anyone who falls in love with this corner of the earth is in very good company: King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the writers Ludwig Ganghofer and Ludwig Thoma, a whole host of painters and the fathers of the German constitution all lived here at some time. Long before any of them, the Celts and Romans also settled by the Lake, which was teeming with fish.

At 2.4 square kilometres, Herrenchiemsee is the largest of the islands, and is famous for the castle built there by Bavaria's fairytale King Ludwig II. The New Castle's park and gardens are designed to follow the pattern of those at Versailles. The renovated water features and seven fountains invite the visitor to stay and rest a while.

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Highlights in brief

  • Prien
    Harbour, church
  • Aschau
    Nature conservation area
  • Bad Endorf
    Spa resort
  • Grassau
    Baroque church
  • Bernau
    Beer gardens, boat services
  • Chieming
    Equestrian sports
  • Seeon-Seebruck
    Marina, Roman museum, nature conservation area
  • Marquartstein
    Hang gliding, fairy-tale and adventure park
  • Amerang
  • Übersee
    Bavaria's longest beach, nature information centre