Picture: Chiemsee

The largest lake in Bavaria is the Chiemsee, which is otherwise known as the "Bavarian Sea". The name has a kernel of truth in it: not only does the lake, which has an area of 80 square kilometres, have tides like the sea, it also originated from the primeval Thetis Sea which once covered almost half of Europe.

Among its attractions are the island of Herrenchiemsee with its palaces, the monastery on Frauenchiemsee and Julius Exter's House in Feldwies. The Chiemsee is under the protection of the international Ramsar Convention, which was founded to preserve ecologically important wetlands. Since 1954 the mudflats in the delta formed where the Tiroler Ache flows into the lake have been a protected retreat for many endangered species of waterfowl and wader.

Sights on Herrenchiemsee Island
Frauenchiemsee Monastery
Julius Exter's House in Übersee/Feldwies

General information on the lakes
(Moorings for boats/diving permissions)

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Lake information:

Responsible administrative office

Bayer. Schlösserverwaltung/
Außenstelle Chiemsee
Bernauer Straße 5
83209 Prien
Telefon (0 80 51) 9 66 58-0
Fax (0 80 51) 9 66 58-38

How to get there

The Chiemsee is approximately 90 km southeast of Munich and can be reached via the A8 from Munich to Salzburg (exit Bernau).

There are paths round the lake and the Herreninsel.

Connecting boat service:

Landing stages: Prien, Gstadt

Information on the connecting boat services:
Chiemsee-Schifffahrt Ludwig Feßler GmbH
tel +49 - (0) 80 51 - 60 90
fax +49 - (0) 80 51 - 6 29 43

Franchised restaurants and hotels:

Café im Neuen Schloss
Tel. (0 80 51) 96 88 34

Schlosswirtschaft Herrenchiemsee
Tel. (0 80 51) 96 27 67-0

"Zur Linde"
Tel. (0 80 54) 9 03 66

Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:

Chiemseebahn (in summer) or  bus (in winter) to the landing stage "Prien/Stock"

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