Augustinian Monastery Herrenchiemsee (Old Palace)

Picture: Augustinian Monastery

In around 1130, Archbishop Konrad of Salzburg established a canonical foundation of the Order of St Augustine in place of an 8th-century Benedictine monastery. It was later redesigned in the baroque style and was dissolved in 1803. King Ludwig II acquired the island in 1873 as the site of his new palace and established his own private quarters in the so-called Convent Tract (east wing) of the monastery. The king's rooms are part of the museum. In 1948 the Constitutional Assembly met in the dining room to draw up the Grundgesetz (constitution) for the Federal Republic of Germany.


Picture: "The Birth of a constitution" external link

"The Birth of a constitution"

However, "From the monastery to the king's palace" and "The Birth of a Constitution" – both located in the Convent Tract (east wing) – are only two parts of the museum.

On the first upper floor of the Convent Tract is the Maler am Chiemsee Gallery, and in the Princes' Tract (south wing) the magnificent Imperial Hall, the Garden Room and the Court Kitchen can be seen.


Picture: Imperial Hall

Imperial Hall in the Princes' Tract

Besides, in the Prelacy Tract (north wing) the monastery complex houses the Julius Exter Art Gallery.

North of the Augustinian monastery (Old Palace) is the former parish church of St Maria, a late-Gothic building redesigned in the baroque style with a remarkable coffered ceiling installed in 1630. In front of the monastery seminary dating from 1740, which is today a restaurant, is the "Plane Tree Grove" planted in 1893, from which there is a splendid view of the Fraueninsel.

Herrenchiemsee Park



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Object information:

Responsible administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Herrenchiemsee
83209 Herrenchiemsee
Telefon (0 80 51) 68 87-0
Fax (0 80 51) 68 87-99

Opening hours

Museum in the Augustinian Monastery (with Maler am Chiemsee Gallery and Princes' Tract)
April-end of October:
9 am-6 pm
End of October-March:
10 am-4.45 pm
open daily

Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31

Julius Exter Art Gallery
April-end of October:
9 am-6 pm (open daily)
End of October-March: closed

Guided tours

No regular guided tours

Admission charges 2015

Augustinian monastery
(boat trip not included)
4 euros regular
3 euros reduced

14 May–27 September 2015:
Combination ticket "Island" including the special exhibition "Königsklasse"
(boat trip not included):
10 euros regular
9 euros reduced

until 13 May and
from 28 September 2015:
Combination ticket "Island"

(Herrenchiemsee New Palace with King Ludwig II-Museum / Augustinian Monastery/ boat trip not included)
8 euros regular
7 euros reduced

Annual season tickets/

All opening hours and admission charges at a glance

Further information

Information for the disabled:

Lift to the museum and toilet for the disabled available. The Julius Exter Art Gallery is only accessible via staircase.

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

Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:

"Chiemseebahn" (in summer) or bus (in winter) to "Schiffsanlegestelle Prien/Stock"

Connecting boat service:

Regular boats from Prien/ Stock or Gstadt

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