Bavarian author Ludwig Ganghofer once said about Chiemgau - "If God is loving, then he would let him fall in this country" – and he was right!
In Bavaria's Chiemgau area, and on Lake Chiemsee in particular, you really will find everything you need for a great day trip or an enjoyable holiday. Lake Chiemsee, affectionately referred to as the "Bavarian Sea", covers an area of over 80 square kilometres and is therefore Bavaria's largest area of inland water.
The lake is approx. 60 km in circumference - an impressive and beautiful flat stretch to enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama of the Bavarian Alps and views of the Chiemsee islands; Frauenchiemsee, Herrenchiemsee and Krautinsel.
Many attractive beer gardens, beach bars and bathing beaches around the lake are inviting places to linger, bathe and enjoy good food. It is possible to appreciate and discover the route by bicycle, walking or from the water.
With one of the Chiemseeschifffahrt boats operated by Ludwig Feßler you can take to the water and visit the islands: Herrenchiemsee, where the fairytale castle from King Lugwig II sits majestically, the old monastery on Frauenchiemsee – every island is worth a visit and has plenty to discover.
Those who find the route around Lake Chiemsee too flat can climb our local mountains; Hochfelln, Hochgern and Kampenwand. When stopping at a traditional Alpine lodge for refreshments, you'll be overwhelmed by the view over Lake Chiemsee with its picturesque towns and villages: Prien, Gstadt, Seeon-Seebruck, Chieming as far as Ruhpolding and Bad Reichenhall.