Herrenchiemsee Castle Tour

Discover Germany's lakeland Versailles by train and boat

Quick Details

  • Fully guided tours of both islands
  • Just a one-hour train journey to and from Munich
  • Old-fashioned ‘lake train’ and two boat trips
  • Palace grounds and walkways
  • Palace interior tour (optional)
  • Fraueninsel island and convent

Boat Tour to Herrenchiemsee Castle in English

Join us on a train and boat trip to Herrenchiemsee, the stunning palace on an island on Chiemsee lake. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles near Paris, it was built in the 19th century by ‘Mad’ King Ludwig II in a picture-perfect setting of lakes and mountains.

Known as ‘the Bavarian Sea,’ Chiemsee is the largest of many lakes near Munich. We take you on a boat trip to two islands: the Herreninsel (location of the palace) and the smaller Fraueninsel, with its lovely Benedictine Convent, whose origins stretch back 1300 years.

In some respects, as with its vast Hall of Mirrors, Herrenchiemsee actually surpasses Versailles. With its elegant gardens and walkways and its luscious interiors of gold, glass, and porcelain, it is a visually overwhelming monument to opulence. It also reflects the eccentric and troubled personality of Ludwig with features such as the celebrated elevated dining table, which could be raised and lowered through the floor to the kitchens below so that the reclusive king did not have to see his servants.

We give you a tour and tell you the story, and you have the option of touring the interior of the castle. The complete day trip is one of the most unique and beautiful tourist experiences you can have in Germany.

Please note this tour involves additional costs (paid at the Radius Tours office):

  • €9 palace entrance fee for everyone over 18 years old (optional)
  • €11 for the boat rides
  • Chevron down Meeting point
  • Radius Tours Office, in Munich Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof), just across from platforms 32-34

    Please be at the meeting point 20 minutes prior to tour departure to check in with your voucher.

  • Chevron down Further information
  • The times given are departure times. Please arrive approximately 15 mins prior to the given departure time.

  • Chevron down Tour times
  • Summer

    20 May – 17 Sep.
    Wednesdays and Sundays at 9.20 am