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Herrenchiemsee New Palace
Council Chamber
Great Hall of Mirrors

Herrenchiemsee New Palace

King Ludwig II’s original idea was to have a copy of Versailles Palace built on the Herreninsel as a "Temple of Fame" in honour of the Sun King Louis XIV of France. Started in 1878, it was thus intended purely as a monument to absolute monarchy and had no practical function. The architect Georg Dollmann was obliged to study the original model and even reconstruct rooms which had long ceased to exist in Versailles.

The main rooms are some of the best examples of nineteenth-century interior design in existence, and are much more splendidly furnished than those in Versailles. No other porcelain collection is so comprehensive or of such high quality, and the magnificent textiles are equally unique. One of the artistic ideals of the nineteenth century, the "perfection" of historic styles, was realised in its finest form in this building.

The park modelled on Versailles by Carl von Effner was originally intended to cover a large part of the island. When Ludwig II died in 1886, only the central axis with its splendid fountains was carried out. The palace remained uncompleted.

King Ludwig II-Museum

The museum is housed in twelve modernized rooms on the ground floor of the south wing and was opened in 1987. It documents the story of Ludwig II’s life, from his birth to his tragic early death, with painted portraits, busts, historic photographs and original state robes.

The king also has a place in the history of music as the patron of the composer Richard Wagner. Portraits, written documents and theatre/stage designs record this aspect of his life.

The royal residences of Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace and Herrenchiemsee Palace as well as Ludwig II’s other building projects are also covered. Highlights of the museum include the magnificent furniture that originally stood in the royal apartment in the Munich Residence (destroyed during the Second World War) and the first state bedroom in Linderhof Palace.

Elaborately handcrafted items, show-pieces that were commissioned by the king, document the European standing of Munich art in the second half of the nineteenth century.

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Augustinian Monastery Herrenchiemsee (Old Palace)
Herrenchiemsee Park

Current information

Due to events, there are occasional changes to the opening hours during the summer. Information can be found on the Herrenchiemsee website.


83209 Herrenchiemsee
08051 6887-900

Opening hours

New Palace
April-24 Oct: 9 am-6 pm
(last guided tour around 5 pm)
25 Oct-31 March: 10 am-4.45 pm
(last guided tour around 4 pm)
open daily; guided tour only

King Ludwig II-Museum
April-24 Oct: 9 am-6 pm
(last admission 5 pm)
25 Oct-31 March: 10 am-4.45 pm
(last admission 3.45 pm)
open daily

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

General information on opening times and admission fees

Guided tours

New Palace
A visit is only possible with a guided tour (c. 40 minutes)

The King Ludwig II-Museum can be visited without a guided tour.

Admission fees 2024

The boat trip is not included.

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

King Ludwig II Museum
5 euros regular
4 euros reduced

Tickets for the museums on Herrenchiemsee are also available online in our ticket shop.

combination ticket
(King Ludwig II's palaces)

31 euros
The combination ticket is valid for six months; you can visit each of the palaces Herrenchiemsee, Linderhof, and Neuschwanstein once.

Children under 18 are admitted free of charge.

General tariff regulations (excerpt)

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets



May-3 October

Getting here / parking


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

Regular boats from Prien/ Stock or Gstadt

Coach trips from the landing stage to the New Palace and back (from mid-April to the end of October)

Further information

Free wi-fi available

Event rooms at the New Palace

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links…)

Shop at boat pier

Café im Neuen Schloss
08051 968834

Schlosswirtschaft Herrenchiemsee
08051 962767-0

Administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Herrenchiemsee
83209 Herrenchiemsee
08051 6887-0
Fax 08051 6887-99

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