Saturday, September 15, 2012

Herrenchiemsee

Herrenchiemsee is my favorite palace. King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886) had a great admiration of Louis XIV of France (1638-1715). The palace was built as a shrine to Louis XIV and is modeled after his palace Versailles just outside Paris, France.

The palace lies on an island in Lake Chiemsee about 60 km from Munich, and therefore visitors must take a short boat ride to see the palace.

During the construction of the palace a railroad was built on the island to bring in necessary materials.

A canal for arriving boats was built into the island.

The palace was never completed.

Photos were not allowed inside the palace, so I took photos of my postcards.
This is the entryway.
This is the dining room. Underneath the table is a mechanism for lowering the table down through the floor into the kitchen, where it can be set, and then cranked back up. That enabled the king to eat by himself without have to see any servants. Unfortunately the mechanism was very slow (30 minutes) and thus a bit impractical. Linderhof Palace, another palace of Ludwig II had a similar table.

There are around 4000 candles in the hall of mirrors. It took a staff of dozens over 1/2 hour to light them all. Today the ceiling has been restored and since the smoke from the candles causes damage they are no longer lit.

This is the bathroom. Check out the size of the tub. It is similar in size to an above ground round swimming pool, although a bit deeper. It took 8 hours to fill, so plenty of notice was required before bath time.

2 comments:

  1. We visited Linderhof when we were in Germany and the other one,the disney castle which I can not spell ,LOL! really beautiful and extravagant its no wonder they were never finnished.
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  2. WOW that is so similar to the Palace of Versailles. I would have love to see it and compare the two. The amount of wealth spent on a single home, incredible. We went somewhere in Germany where the king built his very own cave grotto I don't have pictures as this was before I started my blog but I found it on here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linderhof_Palace It was fascinating.

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