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Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee – tickets, prices, timings, what to expect


The Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee is situated on the Herreninsel, an island in Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria. 

Designed as King Ludwig II’s crowning achievement, this Palace in Germany was commissioned in the late 19th century, symbolizing his admiration for the French monarchy and his pursuit of architectural perfection. 

Though the Palace remains incomplete according to the king’s ambitious plans, its grandeur and elegance continue to captivate visitors worldwide. 

The Royal Palace is a cherished cultural landmark, inviting visitors to marvel at its beauty, delve into its rich history, and experience the timeless allure of Bavaria’s royal heritage.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets to the Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace.

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What to expect at Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee

Visitors to the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee can expect a captivating journey through the Palace’s exterior that reflects the Palace of Versailles, with its impressive facade, ornate decorations, and sprawling layout. 

Each corner of Herrenchiemsee boasts stunning Baroque and Rococo-inspired architecture, surrounded by impeccably landscaped gardens overlooking the tranquil waters of Lake Chiemsee, telling a story of unparalleled craftsmanship and regal splendor.

Embark on guided tours led by knowledgeable guides who provide insights into the Palace’s history, construction, and significance, covering key areas such as the State Apartments, the King’s Bedroom, the Grand Staircase, and the Hall of Mirrors. 

Inside the Palace, guests are treated to a spectacle of luxury and extravagance, where elaborately decorated rooms adorned with exquisite chandeliers, fine paintings, and intricate furnishings reflect the wealth and taste of Bavarian royalty. 

The Hall of Mirrors, similar to the Versailles, dazzles with mirrors, crystals, and gilded ornamentation, providing a breathtaking tour highlight.

Visitors can stroll through the gardens, enjoying scenic views of Lake Chiemsee and the Bavarian Alps. 

Explore museum exhibitions showcasing artifacts, historical documents, and royal memorabilia related to King Ludwig II and the Palace’s construction. 

Accessible solely by boat, the journey to Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace allows visitors to take leisurely boat cruises across Lake Chiemsee, indulging in panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and transporting them to a bygone era of European royalty.

Tickets Price
Herrenchiemsee Palace+Fraueninsel Rail Trip from Munich         €61
Private Van Tour to the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee €699 (Group of Two)

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Where to book tickets

Tickets for Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace can be purchased online or in person at the attraction. 

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction. 

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, they may sell out during peak days. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the Herrenchiemsee Palace ticket booking page, select your preferred date and number of tickets, and buy your tickets right away.

Once you purchase the Herrenchiemsee Palace tickets, they get delivered to your email address. 

Ticket printouts are not required.

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone when you visit the attraction.

Palace of Herrenchiemsee ticket price

Tickets for Herrenchiemsee Palace and Fraueninsel Rail Trip are priced at €61 for all visitors aged 14 and above.

Child tickets are available at a discounted cost of €44 for all visitors aged six to 13.

Infants aged five and below can accompany an adult for free.

Herrenchiemsee Palace Private Tour Tickets are priced at €699 for a group of two people.

Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee tickets

There are different ways to explore the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee in Munich.

Tourists can book the Palace tickets along with the Fraueninsel Rail Trip from Munich or opt for a private van tour.

Herrenchiemsee Palace and Fraueninsel Rail Trip

Fraueninsel Rail Trip
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Experience a full-day round trip from Munich, discovering the islands of Herreninsel and Fraueninsel on Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria’s largest lake. 

Visit the stunning Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace and wander through its lush gardens and luxurious interiors. 

Take a boat ride to Fraueninsel Island, known for its historic Benedictine convent. 

This guided tour includes the round-trip train ticket, while admission to the castle and boat rides are available for an additional fee. 

The full-day island tour commences at 9.10 am from München Hauptbahnhof, Munich’s main railway station. 

The tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible. However, no separate seats are available for infants.

The tickets are available from 22 May to 15 September on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (14+ years): €61
Child Ticket (6 to 13 years): €44
Infant Ticket (up to 5 years): Free

Herrenchiemsee Palace Private Van Tour

Herrenchiemsee Palace Private Van Tour
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Set off on a scenic drive from Munich at 8 am to the majestic Chiemsee with this skip-the-line ticket. 

Go on a boat ride to Herreninsel, home to a replica of Versailles Castle, and delve into its rich history with a guided tour reflecting the era of King Ludwig II. 

The live tour is available in German and English. 

Explore the Augustinian Monastery before cruising to Fraueninsel. 

Visit the Benedictine church and enjoy leisurely activities like swimming or savoring local delicacies. 

Conclude the 12-hour tour with a relaxing boat journey back. 

The tour includes convenient hotel pickup and drop-off in Munich, a comfortable van with air conditioning, and sufficient time for exploration.

Additional expenses include the Herrenchiemsee entrance fee, boat ticket, and lunch on Fraueninsel. 

The tour is not suitable for people with mobility impairments.

Ticket Price: €699 (Group of two)

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How to reach Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace

Herrenchiemsee comprises a series of royal structures on Herreninsel, the largest island in Lake Chiemsee, in southern Bavaria, Germany.

Address: Altes Schloß, 83209 Herrenchiemsee, Germany. Get Directions

You can reach the attraction via public or private transport.

By Train

Take BRB RE5 from München Hauptbahnhof to Prien am Chiemsee, a 1-hour journey. 

From Prien station, there is a special Chiemsee train to the Prien/Stock boat pier, which runs during the summer season. The traveling time is less than eight minutes. The pier is, otherwise, about a 30-minute walk from the station. 

From Prien/Stock, there are regular boats to the Herreninsel. The traveling time is around 15 minutes. Tickets can be bought at the kiosk or on the boat itself.

By Boat

Chiemsee Schifffahrt operates boats departing from various towns along the shore of Lake Chiemsee, but the most frequent departures and shortest travel times are from Prien am Chiemsee.  

Boats depart regularly from Prien/Stock Hafen to Herren Island, with a travel time of approximately 15 minutes.

By Car

If you are traveling by car, turn on your Google Maps and get started to Prien am Chiemsee

There are enough parking garages near the boat landing. You can pay for your vehicle and park there. 

From there, you can go on a boat to Herren Island. A short 2-minute walk will lead you to the Palace.

Opening hours of Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace

Opening hours of Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace
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The Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee Munich is open daily from 24 April to 9 October from 9 am to 6 pm. 

From 25 October to 31 March, the Palace opens at 10 am and closes early at 4.45 pm.

The last entry is an hour before the closing time.

All buildings of the Palace remain closed on 1 January, Shrove Tuesday, 24, 25 and 31 December. 

How long does the tour take

The duration of the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee tour can vary depending on the areas of the Palace and the highlights you plan to visit. 

A guided Palace tour may last around 1 to 2 hours, allowing visitors to explore key areas such as the State Apartments, the King’s Bedroom, the Grand Staircase, and the Hall of Mirrors.

However, if the tour includes transportation to and from Munich and time for exploring the surrounding gardens or nearby attractions such as Fraueninsel, the total duration could be several hours or even a full day.

If you decide to get your tickets on-site, factor in at least half an hour more for the ticket counter queues, especially during the peak season. 

Best time to visit Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee

The best time to visit the Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace is during the opening hours at 9 or 10 am when they are least crowded.

You can also plan your visit in the late afternoon for a relaxed experience. 

If you have purchased your tickets beforehand, you can beat the long entry queue. 

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FAQs about Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee

FAQs about Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee
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Here are a few questions visitors frequently ask about the Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace in Germany.

Where can I book tickets to visit the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee Munich?

You can book the tickets online or at the venue on the day of the visit. For the best experience, we suggest you book your tickets in advance.

Can I cancel my tickets to the Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace?

Visitors can cancel their tickets 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

Is the Palace wheelchair accessible?

No, not all areas of the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee Munich are wheelchair accessible.

Is photography allowed inside the Herrenchiemsee Palace? 

Photography and filming are not permitted inside any of the buildings. However, visitors may take pictures of the exterior of the Palaces for private use only.

Can I bring my food and drinks to the Palace?

Food and drinks are not permitted inside the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee.

Can I bring my pet to Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace?

Pets are generally not allowed inside the Palace and its gardens. 

Is there Wi-Fi available at the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee Munich?

Yes, Wi-Fi facilities are available to the visitors free of charge.

Can I carry my rucksacks inside the Palace?

Bulky items like umbrellas, rucksacks, and large prams are not allowed inside the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee. However, a limited number of lockers are available on-site.

When can I take carriage rides to the Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace?

The carriages typically operate from mid-April to the end of October, depending on the seasonal weather conditions, providing a shuttle service between the boat pier and Herrenchiemsee New Palace.

How long does the carriage trip take?

The one-way carriage trip between the boat pier and the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee takes about 15 minutes.

Are there additional charges for the carriage ride to the Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace?

Yes, the price for a single journey is €5 for adults and €2 for children and young people aged five to 14.

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