Dates 2021: 20th July - 1st AugustIn the year 2000, Enoch zu Guttenberg and playwright Klaus Jörg Schönmetzler used a seven-day “Bachfest" to test the suitability of the Hall of Mirrors in the Royal Castle of Herrenchiemsee as a concert venue. In 2001 this developed into the International Herrenchiemsee Festival. Now that it has been running for over ten years, the Festival has become an institution in the international music scene: a concept festival with a distinctive profile and extremely high artistic standards. The programme has always been built around the special magic of this location, with its monastic tradition spanning one and a half millennia, a world-famous royal castle and the birthplace of the German constitution.
The annual summer festival follows a strict programmatic concept that derives its legitimacy from the place itself – Herrenchiemsee New Palace – and the ambivalence of the personality of the Bavarian King Ludwig II. The first Herrenchiemsee Festival was held in the year 2000 as a “Bachfest”, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach.