Updated: Sep 9
The Chiemsee lake is also known as Bavarian See and it’s the largest lake in Bavaria. The Lake is located near Rosenheim in the area of Chiemgau. The Lake is surrounded by the Chiemgau range of mountains.
The Chiemgau is famous for its creational activities. It’s not only an ideal spot for summer activities but you can also enjoy the perfect winter activities like Skiing in the area.
The Chiemsee has three famous Islands where you can do different activities. We visited Chiemsee in the summer and enjoyed a very relaxing day by doing different activities.
How to reach Chiemsee:
The Chiemsee is super convenient to reach by Train. It’s around 1 hour from Munich, and you can use different regional trains to get there. There are two main train stations Prien a Chiemsee and Bernau a Chiemsee.
The Prien a Chiemsee has the most tourists as compared to Berbau a Chiemsee. We have been to both spots. There are also many other spots near the lake which are less touristy, and you can go there and enjoy if you are interested in enjoying some alone time.
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How to spend a day in Chiemsee:
We were coming from Munich, and we wanted to spend some relaxing time in a less touristy spot, so we took off at the Train Station of Berbau a Chiemsee. The Dock is around 2 KM from the train station, and we walked to the lake.
There are still lots of people, and you can do lots of water activities there. There are also a few restaurants from where we had lunch. We also enjoyed sitting and swimming in the lake.
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1. Boating in Chiemsee:
There are two boating companies, we rented a boat for 2 hours to explore the Lake. The total cost for two hours was Euro 30. We highly suggest you rent a boat as it’s a very relaxing experience and you can go where ever you want.
Whenever you rent a boat, don’t forget to mark a departure point on your maps as it helps you return to the right point.
You can also book a cruise trip from Berau, but it’s not frequent as it’s from Chiemsee a Prien. So we decided to go back to Chiem a Prein. It’s just one station away. We took a train, and we had taken off at the Train station of Prien a Chiemsee.
2. Exploring the Town:
We also explored the town around Chiemsee. The town has beautiful architecture and old buildings and decorated houses. There are also many restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy some good Bavarian food.
3. Traditional Train Ride to the Lake from the Train station:
The Dock is around 2 km away from the Train Station. You can either walk or take a traditional Steam train. Instead of walking to Chiemsee, we took a traditional Steam train from the Chiemsee Prien train station.
You don’t need to buy a ticket in advance. You can buy a ticket from the Info office near the train departure point. The ticket is around 2 Euros per person, and we also bought Lake Cruise tickets from there.
The train took us through the town, and it really felt as if we were back in the industrial age. It was around a 10-15 minute journey, and we had reached the Lake.
4. Cruising in the Chiemsee:
We got the tickets for the round trip to the lake covering the visit of the three Islands of the Lake. The Cruising boat was big, with a huge capacity to sit inside and outside. The weather was sunny and ideal for the outdoor cruise.
We enjoyed a lovely breeze, and when we were returning, we also experienced the lovely sunset on the Cruise.
You need to check the timing of the last cruise from that Island if you are planning to explore the other Islands. Usually, there are long waiting lines for the traveller going back to Prien.
5. Herreninsel (Men Island):
The main Island of the Lake is Herreininsel, also known as Men’s Island. The Island is huge, but you can still walk and enjoy the scenic beauty and lush green nature. We literally felt that we are in a rainforest.
There are also a few restaurants on the island where you can enjoy a nice Bavarian Lunch.
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6. Herrenchiemsee Palace:
The main highlight of the Herreninsel is Herrenchiemsee Palace. It’s a Baroque-style castle, and according to traditions, the abbey of Herrenchiemsee was established in 765 AD. In the 19th century, the Palace was constructed by King Ludwig II as a replica of the Palace of Versailles.
The palace garden has fountains and a copy of Latona Fountain, similar to Versailles. The palace is a masterpiece of beauty and elegance.
7. Horse Cart Ride in Herreninsel:
The Castle is around 15 minutes walk, but you can also take a Horse Ride and reach the Palace like a Royals. The price of the Cart Ride is Euro 3.5 one way, and it drops you right in front of the Palace.
8. Fraueninsel (Women Island):
After exploring the HerrenInsel, we got the Cruising boat from there to Freueninsel, also known as Women Island. The Island is relatively small, and there are no cars there.
You can explore the tiny island on foot. You only need like 30 minutes to explore the Island. The town is also famous for its Christmas market.
The main attraction on the island is the Benedictine nun’s convent. The Island has only 300 inhabitants, and there are few restaurants where you can enjoy lunch.
9. The Cabagge Island (Krautinsel):
The Krautinsel, known as Cabbage Island, is small and not populated. As we didn’t have much time, we decided to skip our Visit to Krautinsel.
There are lots of other activities which you can do like Kayaking, boating and sailing a boat. Even in summer, the water is a bit cold, but you can swim when the weather is more than 25 degrees You can also cycle along the lake and explore different spots on the lake.
The area is also very tourist if you want to spend some days near the Lake you can also find lovely accommodation.