Location: On Lake Chiemsee, near the Austrian border
Bernau am Chiemsee is in Southern Germany, not far from the Austrian border. Located on the southern side of the Chiemsee, a large freshwater lake, the town has around 7,000 inhabitants. Major airports are not far, as Munich is approximately 100 kilometres and Salzburg is only 55 kilometres away. It is also near the BAB 8 motorway, which has two exits leading to Bernau am Chiemsee. There are good public transport links, and the town is on the main Munich to Vienna railway line.
Culture: Royal connections
Visit Herrenchiemsee, a palace built in 1878 by King Louis II, situated on the island of the same name. The palace, which was never completed, was supposed to be a replica of the Palace of Versailles. You can take a tour of the castle and its extensive grounds. Or view the Greek statues in the Schulpark in the town centre. They were originally commissioned by King Louis I., and were in the State Library in Munich until they were damaged in the Second World War. The statues in Munich were replaced by copies in the 1950s, and the originals were then put on display in Bernau am Chiemsee.
Activities: Water, water everywhere
Bernau am Chiemsee is not a typical winter sports resort, but due to its proximity to some of the best-known resorts in Austria, it actually makes an excellent base. There are several cross-country ski trails on your doorstep as well as the small resort of Kampenwand, which has 12 kilometres of pistes. Or enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the magical winter landscape. The pure water of the Chiemseee makes it very inviting to swimmers and sailors. If the weather is too cold, there is an indoor pool and sauna.