Germany » Lake Chiemsee | Germany

 In difference to the Lake of Constance, this “Bavarian Sea” is entirely Bavarian country.


Lake Chiemsee | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 40 x 50 km
Max. depth: 1
Degree of difficulty: For beginners (few locks)
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: back to nature, Waterway in reclusion, an adventure
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Good

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Chiemsee is the third in size of the German lakes and is surrounded by the Bavarian alps which makes it very idyllic. It is also well known for its three islands.
Fraueninsel
This island is especially charming and attracts its visitors with art and nature.
The abbey of the 8th century is still inhabited by Benedictines. The Abbey of Frauenwörth is specialized in adult education and offers a lot of seminars. The abbey itself is open to participants of these seminars only but the convents shop is open to all of the visitors and is well worth to be seen. The, by the nuns, self made almond paste and ginger bread can be bought here only. A third specialty is the “Chiemseer Klosterlikör” (liqueur) its herbal assortment still comes from the abbey’s garden today.

Herreninsel
The Bavarian King Ludwig II bought this island in 1873 for his new castle “Herrenchiemsee”. As a copy of Versailles, this castle was supposed to become a “temple of glory” for King Ludwig XIV of France who was boundless admired by the Bavarian monarch.
Especially mentioned have to be the southern Splendor Staircase, the Parade Bedroom and the Great
Gallery of Mirrors! The intimate small apartment is held in form of the French rococo and was the residence of the King.
In 1876 the director of court gardeners, Carl von Effner, presented a final plan for a big park copying the one of Versailles.  When the King died, only parts of the garden along the centerline with its famous springs and water games had been terminated.
  
Krautinsel – Pet of the family
It is the smallest of the three and the nuns of Frauenwörth abbey used to plant their vegetable and herbs here in the Middle Ages. That’s where it gets its name from,
It can’t be reached with the commercial passenger ships.

It’s very popular to people with paddle and rowing boats since it allows a peaceful rest in summer when its neighbors get a bit too crowded.