The Chiemsee (“Bavarian sea”) is more the big lake of Bavaria (Germany). It is about a lake of 80 km ² located at the foot of the the Bavarian Alps which was dug by a glacier - a typical genesis of the lakes of the area.
The lake is in particular known for its islands:
- Frauenchiemsee or Fraueninsel: An island with a convent of nuns.
- Insel Herrenchiemsee or Herreninsel: An island with the castle (unfinished) of the Bavarian king Louis (Ludwig) II. The castle, built of 1878 to 1886, is a copy of the Château of Versailles and famous for its gallery of the ices larger than the original one. It lodges the museum devoted to Louis II.
- the third island - Krautinsel - is uninhabited.
The attraction of the landscape around Chiemsee results from the direct proximity of the mountains of Chiemgau (Hochfelln, Hochgern, Kampenwand). The highway Munich - Salzburg passes along southern bank.
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