Chiemsee - the "Bavarian Sea"
The largest lake in Bavaria is the Chiemsee, which is otherwise known as the "Bavarian Sea". The name has a kernel of truth in it: not only does the lake, which has an area of 80 square kilometres, have tides like the sea, it also originated from the primeval Thetis Sea which once covered almost half of Europe.
It has three islands – Herreninsel, Fraueninsel and uninhabited Krautinsel – which all benefit from frequent ferry connections to the mainland. On Herreninsel King Ludwig built Schloss Herrenchiemsee, while Fraueninsel has an 8th century Benedictine convent with simple, inexpensive guestrooms (tel: +49 (0)8054 907-145) and some of the best Bavarian restaurants, for instance the pretty Klosterwirt (www.klosterwirt-chiemsee.de).
The Chiemsee is under the protection of the international Ramsar Convention, which was founded to preserve ecologically important wetlands. Since 1954 the mudflats in the delta formed where the Tiroler Ache flows into the lake have been a protected retreat for many endangered species of waterfowl and wader.
Journey on the lake Chiemsee
All-the-year line operation to the Islands from Prien am Chiemsee and Gstadt will be offered. Additional operations during the summer time from Seebruck, Chieming, Übersee/Feldwies and Bernau/Felden.
Chiemsee-Alpenland Tourismus GmbH & Co. KG
83233 Bernau am Chiemsee
Telephone: +49 (0)8051 96555-0
Fax: +49 (0)8051 96555-30