(ˈkiːmzeː) is a freshwater lake in Bavaria
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, between Rosenheim
Rosenheim is a town in Bavaria at the confluence of the rivers Inn and Mangfall. It is seat of administration of the district of Rosenheim, but is not a part of it.-Geography:...
, Germany, and Salzburg
-Population development:In 1935, the population significantly increased when Salzburg absorbed adjacent municipalities. After World War II, numerous refugees found a new home in the city. New residential space was created for American soldiers of the postwar Occupation, and could be used for...
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. It is often called the Bavarian Sea
. The rivers Tiroler Achen and Prien
Prien am Chiemsee is a municipality in the district of Rosenheim, in Bavaria, Germany.-Geography:It is situated on the western shore of the Chiemsee lake, 16 km east of Rosenheim.-Famous resident:...
flow into the lake; the river Alz
The Alz is a river in Bavaria, southern Germany, the only discharge of the Chiemsee. Its origin is on the northern shore near Seebruck. It is a right tributary of the Inn, into which it flows in Marktl...
, out of it. The Chiemsee is divided into the bigger, north section, in the northeast, called Weitsee
, and the Inselsee
, in the southwest.
The region around the Chiemsee is Chiemgau
Chiemgau is the common name of a geographic area in Upper Bavaria. It refers to the foothills of the Alps between the rivers Inn and Traun, with lake Chiemsee at its center. The political districts that contain the Chiemgau are Rosenheim and Traunstein...
and is a famous recreation area.
Two of the main islands on the lake are Herrenchiemsee (biggest island) and Frauenchiemsee
The island Frauenchiemsee is the second largest of the three islands in Chiemsee, Germany. It belongs to the municipality of Chiemsee in Upper Bavarian district of Rosenheim, which is the smallest municipality in all of Bavaria. The large and car free Fraueninsel houses 300 permanent residents as...
, also called Herreninsel
) and Fraueninsel
), respectively. The third main island, Krautinsel
), is smaller than Frauenchiemsee and is uninhabited.
- Herrenchiemsee has a palace built by King Ludwig II in 1878, also called Herrenchiemsee
Herrenchiemsee is a complex of royal buildings on the Herreninsel, an island in the Chiemsee, Bavaria's largest lake, 60 km south east of Munich. Together with the neighbouring island of Frauenchiemsee and the uninhabited Krautinsel it forms the municipality of Chiemsee...
, which was never completed but was meant to be a replica of the Palace of Versailles
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, in France
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. Many of the rooms of the castle are open to tourists; tours of the castle and its extensive grounds on the island are conducted throughout the summer.
- Frauenchiemsee is the smaller of the two major islands on the Chiemsee, and houses a Benedictine
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nunnery, built in 782, as well as a small village. The nuns make a liquor called Klosterlikör (cloister liquor) and a very good marzipan
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There are also three very small islands: the Schalch
, to the west of Frauenchiemsee; and two unnamed islands, 54 and 80 meters south of the Krautinsel
, with an area of 30 m² each.
- Travel guide of Chiemsee on Wikivoyage
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- Ferienhaus am Chiemsee