Object description:

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.

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Museum "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.

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


Picture: Imperial Hall
Imperial Hall in the Princes' Tract

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.

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Herrenchiemsee New Palace
Herrenchiemsee Park



Further information and tips for visitors can be found at

The following rooms are available for your events:


83209 Herrenchiemsee
Telefon 08051 6887-900

Information for visitors/ COVID-19

The 3G rule applies for a visit to our houses if the 7-day incidence determined by the competent district administration authority is above 35.

Here you will find further information and FAQ.

Opening hours

Museum in the Augustinian Monastery (with Maler am Chiemsee Gallery and Princes' Tract)
27 March-31 Oct.: 9 am-6 pm
1 Nov.-26 March: 10 am-4.45 pm
open daily

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

Julius Exter Art Gallery
27 March-31 Oct.: 9 am-6 pm
open daily
closed 1 November-26 March

General information on opening times and admission charges

Admission charges 2021

The boat trip is not included.

Augustinian monastery
5 euros regular
4 euros reduced

Combination ticket "Island"
(Herrenchiemsee New Palace with King Ludwig II-Museum + Augustinian Monastery)
9 euros regular
8 euros reduced

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets

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Further information

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

Detailed information at www.herrenchiemsee.de


Free wi-fi available

Franchised restaurants and hotels:

Café im Neuen Schloss
Telefon 08051 968834

Schlosswirtschaft Herrenchiemsee
Telefon 08051 962767-0

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

Responsible administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Herrenchiemsee
83209 Herrenchiemsee
Telefon 08051 6887-0
Fax 08051 6887-99
sgvherrenchiemsee@ bsv.bayern.de

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