Fresh Water in Bavaria

About an hour southeast of Munich, Germany is a place most of us have not heard of. Lake Chiemsee (pronounced “kimzee”). Any takers? Furrylittlegnome did not think so. Nestled between Bavaria and the Tyrol region of Austria, this fresh water body of water is also known as the “Bavarian Sea”. There are two main islands on the lake, and furrylittlegnome visited both of them!
Map of Lake Chiemsee On a warm and sunny day, gnome arrived in Prien and boarded a paddle steamer that took her to the main island.
Paddle Steamer on Lake Chiemsee in Germany Her twenty minute journey was delightful as she was surrounded by scenes like this.
On Lake Chiemsee Stop #1: Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Which famous king purchased this island in 1873? Ludwig II. Besides being in the middle of woods, there are two sights to see here. The first is the Old Castle that sits atop a hill. The Old Castle is where the constitution of the German Federal Republic was drafted in 1948. Gnome didn’t go inside because she wanted to see this – Herrenchiemsee Castle in Germany Modeled after the Palais de Versailles, King Ludwig II ordered this castle to be built in 1873. It was completed in 1878.Herrenchiemsee Castle by King Ludwig II
Herrenchiemsee Castle by King Ludwig IIStop #2: Fraueninsel
Fraueninsel on Lake Chiemsee A convent was built here in the 8th century, hence the name. English translation: Women’s Island. With a church belltower, and its onion-shaped dome, as the main feature on Fraueninsel, this tiny island is lined with bed and breakfasts and beer gardens that make it a perfect weekend getaway!Lake Chiemsee in Germany
Lake Chiemsee in Germany
Lake Chiemsee in Germany

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13 Responses to Fresh Water in Bavaria

  1. Lovely pictures from a lovely country. Enjoy your stay there.

  2. Bev says:

    OH MY GOSH! We visited there when we lived in Bad Tolz 25 years ago. Of all Ludwig’s castles, this was one of my favorites. The area is beyond words to describe its beauty as your pictures reveal. Thanks so much for having stirred such wonderful memories! More please!

    • Glad furrylittlegnome could make you so happy! This part of Germany is fantastic – the people, the food, the scenery!

      • Beverly Elaine says:

        The food…oh! THE FOOD! And, yes, the people were so amazingly warm. It’s a whole other world.

      • Totally agree. The real person behind furrylittlegnome has been fortunate enough to travel throughout America, some of Canada and a lot of Europe, and by far, Bavaria and the surrounding area has surprised her the most. This part of Germany is just really nice…

  3. FF says:

    Wow FLG that view is gorgeous! What a cool trip!

  4. julespaige says:

    Always delightful to travel with you. Somehow I think an island is the perfect place for a covenant. We actually have a little covenant not to far. I think there was write up in the paper a few years ago. When the priest comes to visit, there is still a seperation so the nuns never touch him. I’m not sure about how it is if male relatives come to visit. I know that some monastaries make wine. Did this covenant produce anything? Looks like you are enjoying your visit!

  5. Summer says:

    Sweet you,

    I’ve an award for you, for the person who you are and the things you share with the world

    Thank you for that..

    Namasté, Summer

  6. Spectacular photos!!!!!!!

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