Chiemsee is a freshwater lake widely known as the Bavarian Sea, positioned 85 km (53 miles) southeast of Munich. It is home to some interesting island municipalities, the most popular of which are called Herrenchiemsee and Frauenchiemsee.
Herrenchiemsee is known largely for its palaces and its monastery. The palace, the former home of Ludwig II, is in particular worth visiting for its emulation of the Palace of Versailles. Extravagance pours out of every room, with intricate paintings and designs on ever wall, even in the vaulted bathroom. Tickets for the palace, the adjacent King Ludwig II Museum, and the monastery will cost about $11 USD.
There is less to see at the smaller island of Frauenchiemsee, which is known for a monastery that makes a very fine cloister liquor. The less-crowded of the two islands, even on the weekends, enjoy the fresh fish served locally and soak in a bit of off-the-beaten-path Bavaria. There is also a lot to explore around the outside of the lake, which is home to a number of resorts that are popular with German vacationers.
Activities that may be enjoyed in the area include biking, hiking, golfing, sailing, and more. Check the included website for further information.