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Chiemsee: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Munich: Salzburg, St. Wolfgang, and the Salzkammergut

1. From Munich: Salzburg, St. Wolfgang, and the Salzkammergut

This trip will take you through the picturesque foothills of the Bavarian Alps. You'll be able to see the enchanting Chiemsee, also called the "Bavarian Sea," which, with an area of nearly 80 km², is the largest lake in Bavaria. In Salzburg, the city of Mozart, you will have around 2.5 hours to see the city's impressive buildings, take in the vistas, and wander through the beautiful Baroque old town. Of particular note are, for example, the Hohensalzburg fortress and the birthplace of Mozart. The cathedral, Hellbrunn Palace, and the fountains are not to be missed. The old town offers many other worthwhile attractions, from fine boutiques and culinary delicacies to art, culture, and all else the heart could desire. The next part of the tour takes place in the summer only (from April until November): The tour will then take you onwards through the Salzkammergut to the Wolfgangsee. There you will have the chance to take a boat trip to St. Wolfgang, to the Hotel zum Weißen Rössl, and to visit the pilgrimage church. There is one more exciting highlight waiting for you on the return journey : a stop at the Mondsee, a location for the film "The Trapp Family." Be enthralled by this tour to Salzburg and the Salzkammergut. If you're visiting during the winter (from November to April), instead of the visit to St. Wolfgang you'll get to enjoy more time in Salzburg. During December you'll also be able to visit the Christkindlmarket.

Tandem Paraglider Flight & Tandem Paragliding at Chiemsee

2. Tandem Paraglider Flight & Tandem Paragliding at Chiemsee

Take part in a tandem paraglider flight at the edge of the Alps between Munich and Salzburg. A total of 8 flying spots are suited for long thermal flights throughout the year in spring and summer, as well as for special Alpine paraglider tours in autumn and winter. All pilots have a long experience of flying, with well over 1000 flights, and use only the latest equipment. Flights with children or groups, e.g. company events, are also available with this offer. The selected mountains and flying spots are at Bad Tölz, Tegernsee, Lenggries im Isartal (Isar valley), Samerberg bei Rosenheim, Hochfelln am Chiemsee, as well as the Kampenwand and Kössen in Tirol. Take off and enjoy the power of thermals or simply feel the wind in your face! Realize the dream of flight together with a tandem partner and gaze over the landscape from a bird's eye perspective.

From Munich: Herrenchiemsee Palace and Boat Trip Day-Tour

3. From Munich: Herrenchiemsee Palace and Boat Trip Day-Tour

Spend a lovely day out on a boat exploring the beautiful Chiemsee and its two picturesque islands, the Herreninsel and the Fraueninsel. Known as “the Bavarian Ocean,” Chiemsee is the largest fresh-water lake near Munich. Herreninsel boasts wonderful Herrenchiemsee, a palace built by King Ludwig II in 1878 in the image of Versailles in France. In some respects, however, Herrenchiemsee actually surpasses Versailes – its Hall of Mirrors is a famous example. With its elegant gardens and walkways and the beautiful interiors of gold, glass, and porcelain, the palace is a visually stunning monument to opulence. King Ludwig's difficult personality is reflected in his famous elevated dining table, which was raised and lowered through the floor so the reclusive King did not have to see his servants. This tour gives you the full story of Chiemsee and its islands. You even get the option of touring the interior of the palace. This full day tour is one of the most unique and special touring experiences in Germany.

Day Tour to Herrenchiemsee Palace with Skip-The-Line Tickets

4. Day Tour to Herrenchiemsee Palace with Skip-The-Line Tickets

On the Herreninsel, the largest island in Bavaria's largest lake, the Chiemsee, you will visit one of the most imposing sights in the whole of the state: the grandiose Herrenchiemsee Palace of King Ludwig II, the builder of Neuschwanstein. The palace was built in imitation of the Palace of Versailles build by France's Louis XIV, whom Ludwig held in the highest esteem. Afterwards, the boat will take you onwards to the lovely, car-free Fraueninsel. There you will have time for lunch and a tour of the island's fascinating sights, including the Carolingian gatehouse, one of the oldest buildings in Germany, the 2,000-year-old tree, and the Benedictine nunnery, with its famous home-made liqueur. The trip to Herrenchiemsee and the Fraueninsel will acquaint you with two of Bavaria's most beautiful and interesting spots. Come along on an excursion fit for a king!

From Munich: Private Day Trip to the Berchtesgaden Alps

5. From Munich: Private Day Trip to the Berchtesgaden Alps

Since this is a private tour, the itinerary can be adjusted based on what you wish to visit. Be picked up at your accommodation in Munich and start the scenic journey to Berchtesgaden in a comfortable VW minivan. An early pick-up time, no later than 8:00 AM, is recommended to avoid possible crowds in peak season. Follow the German Alpine road and see views of the Bavarian Alps and lakes. You’ll have the opportunity to stop along the way to take photos. Take in the Alpine scenery around Watzmann mountain, the second-highest in Germany. Learn about the history of the region. While you can choose which attractions to visit, of the 3 most popular attractions, Eagle’s Nest, Lake Königssee, and Herrenchiemsee Palace, it is recommended that you choose to visit maximum 2 of the 3. Experience the panoramic views from the Eagle’s Nest and learn about the history of the location. Learn about the remnants of the Nazi regime at nearby Obersalzberg and explore the extensive network of bunkers. Visit the village of Königssee and enjoy the diversity of shops in the surrounding area. Take an optional boat ride on the lake to hear the famous Königssee Echo. Next, head to the historic town of Berchtesgaden. If you wish, you can go down the panoramic road where the final scene of the "Sound of Music" was filmed. Travel to Lake Chiemsee, enjoy a relaxing ferry over Bavaria’s largest lake and visit the king's most magnificent palace, Herrenchiemsee Palace.

Day-Trip to the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee

6. Day-Trip to the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee

Enjoy a drive from Munich to the largest Bavarian Lake: the Chiemsee. On the way there will be plenty of short breaks for taking in the beautiful scenery. Take a boat ride to Herreninsel and learn of this breathtaking Island, on which stands a replica of the castle of Versaille. Enjoy a guided tour of this fantastic island dating back to the time of King Ludwig II, and take in the sights of the lakes surrounding it. After your tour there will be time to see the Augustian Monastery. Afterwards, you will continue by boat to the Fraueninsel. Here, there will be time to visit the Benedictine church. Finish the day with a gentle stroll around this stunning area, indulge in the area's fine foods, swim in the clear waters, or simply relax before we go back by boat.

Chiemsee: Bavaria, Seon Monastery Private Scenic Tour

7. Chiemsee: Bavaria, Seon Monastery Private Scenic Tour

Get an unforgettable bird's eye view of Bavaria on this private flying experience. Learn to be a pro at flying a plane from your knowledgeable pilot as you glide effortlessly through the clouds. Marvel at the breathtaking views of Chiemsee and Wasserburg. Feel on cloud 9 as you get ready to embark on this flying trip. Take off from Ampfing with your experienced pilot and fly high in the sky. Feel the adrenaline rush through your body as you enjoy the ride of your life. Fly south to Seon-Seebruck, where you will see the Seon Monastery from the air. Next, travel through the clouds and head to the Chieming via Seebruck.  Glide over the Chiemsee, see the islands of Frauenchiemsee, Herreninsel, and the Herrenchiemsee Palace.  Finally, enjoy a short tour of Prien before heading back to Ampfing. Admire views of Wasserburg on route back. 

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What people are saying about Chiemsee

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 204 reviews

We loved the tour, it is so worth it and the boat ride was phenomenal. The only thing we would have liked is to spend more time in Salzburg, to enter the Mozart museum and explore the city more calmly. I think that with 3 hours it would have been perfect. They only gave us an hour and a half to be in the city and very little was done for us. Everything else was amazing and our guide Paul very kind and friendly.

A full on busy day which I would describe as a taster visit, allowing you time to appreciate rather than absorb everything in Salzburg. The trip on the boat is extra & is definitely worth it. PAUL was an excellent guide being both entertaining & informative; his whistle stop walking tour around Salzburg really did help get the most out of the trip.

This was a most satisfying trip. We were a group with Paul who is an outstanding guide. He is clear in his instructions, very knowledgeable and very entertaining. The time in Salzburg is only enough to get a taste of all there is to offer but the time spent traveling to Saint Wolfgang and the boat trip more than make up for any frustration.

pilot deserve 10 stars, very cooperative and gentleman. he did the trip with passion not as a business, light and easy takeoff and landing. safety in this trip was at the most. i would highly recommend it to anyone love flying. don’t forget your phone or camera☺️

We loved the tour and our very nice and funny guide. The only thing is that we were very tight on time and there wasn't much time to go around and take so many photos. But overall it's worth it.