Culture & Sightseeing

Sights in the Chiemgau region

The most magnificent main attraction in Chiemgau is undoubtedly the royal palace Herrenchiemsee on the Herreninsel Chiemsee. Visitors from all over the world flock to the island by boat to admire King Ludwig II's royal building from the 18th century. The high quality of the building materials and textiles used make the castle a magnificent artistic ideal. In the castle's own museum you can see the various stages of King Ludwig II's life in 12 rooms. You can reach the royal castle in 20 minutes on foot from the Herreninsel landing stage or take a romantic ride there in a horse-drawn carriage. Another highlight of the sights in the Chiemgau region is Burghausen Castle, built by the Lower Bavarian dukes in the 12th century, which is one of the longest castles in the world at 1 km in length. The Bavarian duke's castle is enthroned on a narrow ridge above the town of Burghausen and is located directly between the Salzach and Wöhrsee rivers.

Places of interest in Ruhpolding

The first place to visit is the well-known Holzknecht Museum with its varied and extensive outdoor area. Since 1988, traditional woodwork and the life of a woodcutter have been illustrated here. In the museum of local history in the former hunting lodge, you can gain an insight into the life of our Bavarian ancestors. Here you can marvel at special mountain fossils and historical tools, carvings, rustic furniture, porcelain and glass, works of art and paintings, traditional costumes, jewelry and clocks. The listed Glockenschmiede is a hammer mill museum in Ruhpolding and offers you a hammer mill worth seeing as well as wrought-iron cowbells and frying pans in different variations - here you will find very special souvenirs in the museum store. If you are a fan of vintage motorcycles, you can view over 60 motorcycles from 1924 to 1960 in the so-called Schnauferlstall at Georg Hollweger's by appointment. The Kaysser Gallery has something for artists' hearts, with 17 international artists presenting their works in various exhibitions.