In 1853 King Maximilian II of Bavaria commissioned Peter Joseph Lenné to design a landscape park on the west shore of the Starnberger See. The park, which combines decorative formal and natural landscape elements, was laid out by Carl von Effner. The palace commenced much later in 1863 was abandoned on the early death of the king in March 1864. Rose Island with its small island villa, the "Casino", and a rose garden also designed by Lenné, was one of the favourite places of Maximilian's son Ludwig II; among the special guests he received here were Tsarina Maria Alexandrovna, Richard Wagner and Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
Usually the first blossom begins around mid-June, the second around mid-August, each lasting for about 4 weeks. Depending on the climate the roses may bloom (even weeks) earlier or later.
In June 2011, over 100 selected archaeological sites in several countries were declared cultural heritage under the heading of "Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps". They provide researchers with unique insights into the ancient world of farming, everyday life, agriculture, animal breeding and technical innovations. The pile dwelling sites in Lake Starnberg, together with other remains of settlements, represent an archaeological heritage which dates back to 5000 BC.
For further information about the pile dwellings in Bavaria, please contact the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments (Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege).
More information on the UNESCO you will find on http://whc.unesco.org.
In the dining room of the "Casino", during the reign of King Maximilian II., there was a showcase in which the king, who enjoyed collecting, is said to have kept antique finds. This piece of furniture was reconstructed by a sponsoring society.
For security reasons, the original antiques cannot be exhibited on Rose Island, but are in the care of the Archäologische Staatssammlung (State Archaeological Collection). Therefore, 3D colour prints were made of selected objects, which can be viewed in the "Casino".
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Wittelsbacher Park 1
Casino (Royal Villa)
Mai-15 Oct: 12.15-5.30 pm
(cash desk + shop: 12 pm-6 pm)
On Saturday, 6 July adults and children are welcome from noon until 6 pm to join our information event on the world heritage site "prehistoric pile dwellings on the bottom of Lake Starnberg by Rose Island".
On 6 July there will be no regular guided tours on the "Casino", and the ferries to Rose Island will not start until 11.45 am.
The visit of the Casino is only possible with a guided tour (in German, 30 mins, max 30 people):
12.15 pm-4.15 pm every hour,
last guided tour: 5 pm
Weekends / holidays:
12.15 pm-4.15 pm every half hour, last guided tour: 5 pm
We ask groups to book their guided tour in advance (tours for groups are possible also in English):
08157 924162 (Tue-Fri)
Fax 08157 924163
3.50 euros regular
2.50 euros reduced
Rose Island is open to the public; it is not allowed to bring dogs or bicycles to the island.
Ferry service for wheelchair users to Rose Island available (please contact the ferrymen); ramp to the ground floor of the "Casino"; 1st floor only accessible via steps
from Munich to "Feldafing"
Ferry service from Feldafing Park to Rose Island (May to mid-October) in good weather;
for details please call
Außenstelle Starnberger See
Fax 08151 550730-9
seeverwaltung. starnbergersee@ bsv.bayern.de
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