Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
148Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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Herrenchiemsee was Ludwig II’s third, but most expensive palace. It was located on an island so we had to catch a small passenger ferry out to it. Herrenchiemsee was built with the intention of being a replica of Versailles.
We walked along a path over to the palace and on the way we saw a lot of horses and hounds just over the hill. They rode in our direction and we could see that there was a hunt going on. It all looked quite neat! Later Anoop asked one of the staff at the palace what was going on and was told that once a year, the Bavarian hunting club conducts a mock hunt with a "fake" fox on the palace grounds (we are not quite sure how they simulate a fox).
We headed inside for our tour and got the usual speech about not taking photos or videos, we turned around to see one guy completely oblivious, snapping away. Once the tour guide repeated herself, we started off. We again went through a series of rooms which were incredible. Ludwig even had his own Hall of Mirrors! It took about 6 hours to light all the candles in the room! This one was huge, just like the one in Versailles. Ludwig had a dining table, on a pulley system that could be lowered and raised, just like in Linderhof. This time we were brought down into the kitchens so that we could see it from below. It was quite neat to see all the pulleys and we thought they must have balanced the table quite well for it not to tip over when being lifted back up!
Afterwards we headed back towards the boat to check out another museum that was included in our ticket and particularly for a quick look at one of the rooms highlighted in our guide book. Then we rushed back to the boat and thought it was too crowded and so we wouldn’t be let on, but they kindly squeezed us on. Once back at the parking lot, we made our way to Innsbruck.