The picturesque town of Prien am Chiemsee features several shops and houses decorated with the traditional frescoes of Bavaria. It sits on Lake Chiemsee, the largest lake in Bavaria, and acts as the gateway for activities on the lake and in the area, including enjoying the amazing views of the Chiemgau region and the Bavarian Alps. It is also features the only Kneipp Health Cure Centre in Upper Bavaria. The area provides the ideal climactic conditions for healing. The town has a long history, and was founded in the mid-12th century. When the railway was built, visitors began to flock to the town to enjoy the area, especially once the King's Castle at Herrenchiemsee was opened to the general public in 1886.
Location: Gateway to Lake Chiemsee
This climactic health resort is located on Lake Chiemsee in upper Bavaria about 120 kilometers from Munich and 65 kilometers from Salzburg. These major cities provide the closest airports. It has a train station, which is on the Munich-Salzburg railway line with frequent trains. It is also easily accessible by automobile, and many visitors arrive by boat.
Culture: From a Monastery to a Castle
The Pfaffkirche church features beautiful frescoes on the ceiling painted by Johann Baptist Zimmerman, and there is also 12th century frescoes in one of the chapels at Urschalling. For more art, you can visit the old town hall that features regional and international artwork. One of the main attractions near Prien is the castle at Herrenchiemsee on Herreninsel. It was a redesign of the old monastery on the island and inspired by Versailles, although it was never completed. The Augustinian Canons Museum features the private rooms of King Ludwig II and an art gallery.
Activities: A Plethora of Choices for Enjoying the Outdoors
There are several options for outdoor activities in Prien am Chiemsee and the surrounding area. The lake provides opportunities to sail, take boat tours, kite surfing, and enjoy many other water sports. There are several trails around for hiking, Nordic walking, horseback riding, and cycling, with picturesque vistas of the lake and Bavarian Alps. Prien's climbing world offers amateurs and experts excellent climbing opportunities in its 10,000 square meter area.