Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bavaria part 9

Well this is going to be the last posting with pics from our Bavarian trip last year August. This time some pics from a daytrip we made to Herrenchiemsee, a palacecomplex on the island Herreninsel (gentleman island) in the middle of the Chiemsee a freshwater lake. The "Neues Schloss" (New Castle) is the most famous building and was build by order of Ludwig II. But when he died in 1886 it wasn't finished yet. From the total of 70 rooms, 50 rooms were unfinished.

The palace was also suppose to be some kind of monument to show Ludwig's adoration of Louis XIV and was meant to be an equivalent of the palace of Versailles. It is also called the Bavarian Versailles.

From Munich we took a train to Prien am Chiemsee. This traintrip didn't went so smooth, because thanks to the wrong information of some Deutsche Bahn staff member we first ended up in Salzburg, Austria. We lost three to four hours which left us less time to spend at Herrenchiemsee. At least we managed to get some Mozartkugel (not the original ones, because we didn't had enough time). It took some time but we managed to get the right train from Salzburg to Prien am Chiemsee.

From the station there was a steamtrain running to the small harbour from were we could take a boat to Herreninsel to visit the palace.

Unfortunately the weather was a bit grey, so most of the pics are a bit less animated then the pics from part 8.

On the way to Herreninsel by boat you pass Fraueninsel (woman island) a smaller island at Chiemsee.
The gardens and fountains in front of the main palace show a lot of similarity with those of Versailles.
The Great Hall of Mirrors is one of the highlights of the tour. It was not allowed to take pictures inside, so I had to shoot this one from the hip. That's why it is a bit moved. You can compare it a little bit with the original here.
The official website can be found here. And here you can download a brochure (PDF).

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