Sunday morning, we loaded up the bus, and drove about an hour to Lake Chiemsee, boarded a boat and ferried across the lake to Herrenschiemsee Castle.
Before we could even board, we were busy taking photos of the view of the lake, of ducks on the water, and of the glorious mountain range in the background.
Yes, you can tell we are all bundled up – it’s chilly on the water, but all in all – the weather was not bad, and those who chose to stay INSIDE on the ferry were warm and dry.
And then there were those of us who had to capture everything we could from the upper deck as we began to make our way across to the island and the castle.
Snow capped mountains ---beautiful!
When the ferry docks, we disembark and find ourselves on about a 15 minute walk to where the castle is located:
Folks behind me
Up the rise they go – two by two, chattering all the way!
Pretty soon I’m taking up the rear – I better get a move on!
But maybe I’ll stop and take a photo of this little creek first.
The story of the castle is an interesting one. With Herrenschiemsee Palace, King Ludwig II planned a "New Versailles" after having studied the architecture at the original. As with Linderhof, George Dollman was chosen as the architect and the foundation stone was laid on May 21, 1878. It was completed within three years. Its similarities include a Latona Fountain (in front), The Hall of Mirrors, a Hall of Peace and a Hall of War, but the interiors exceed the brilliance of Versailles in gilding alone. Not to be missed -- the Bath, Dressing Room and the Small Mirror Gallery. King Ludwig only occupied this castle a total of nine days.
Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any photos of the inside ---but I was able to find many photos of the interior with a simple google search for images. Click HERE to view them!
Christmas tre in the entrance hall before starting our tour.
Me, getting silly with King Neptune!
It does look a lot like Versailles!
Afterwards we hiked back down to the abbey for lunch at the panorama restaurant. Food was awesome, company is even better!
Oh lawsy! I’m about to channel Julie Andrews as Maria at any given moment!
Part of our group headed back to the ferry –we better hurry lest we find ourselves left behind!
One more glance over my shoulder at the mountains in the distance and off we scurry --
The ferry ride will bring us here –to the Christkindlmarkt auf der Fraueninsel!
More photos to follow in another post!